The actor says nerve damage continues to haunt him from the accident more than a year ago

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Time isn’t healing all wounds, as evidenced by Morgan Freeman’s left hand, which has been paralyzed since he was injured in a car accident a year-and-a-half ago, he tells PEOPLE.

The Oscar-winning star, again nominated this year as Best Actor for playing Nelson Mandela in Invictus, says he’s never fully healed after the August 2008 crash.

“I suffered nerve damage and it hasn’t gotten better. I can’t move it, Freeman, 72, said at Wednesday’s Los Angeles County Museum of Art premiere of The Eastwood Factor, a documentary about the storied career of Freeman’s friend and frequent director, Clint Eastwood. (The featurette is part of the 19-disc Warner Home Video collection, Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros., which was released Tuesday.)

“If you don’t move your hand, it will swell up,” Freeman said. “Do you know you move your hand about a million times a day?”

Freeman’s car veered off the road and flipped over several times in the late-night accident in Mississippi. He was then extracted from the wreckage with the jaws of life and airlifted to a nearby hospital, where for several days he remained in serious condition.
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