World…Meet Your New Bilbo Baggins
Since, Martin Freeman was announced as the chosen actor to play the all important role of Bilbo in the upcoming Hobbit movies, people around the world have been asking themselves…Who is Martin Freeman? Sure, in the UK, the actor has much more credibility behind his name, however, he remains much more obscure in other countries. Don’t let unfamiliarity get in the way of thinking he’s got what it takes.
Since the announcement, Freeman has been busy doing interviews with a variety of news outlets. We wanted to give you a snippet of a recent one done with a Spanish website. Below is a quote from the interview,
“I know my work plan” says Freeman. “I start in January, then I’ll have a break in the summer so I can shoot the second season of Sherlock, the BBC show where I portray Watson, and then I’ll be back in New Zealand in September in order to finish the movie by the end of the year”. The Englishman says summer because he’s thinking about the northern hemisphere seasons, but it will be winter in New Zealand.
“I wasn’t a fan of Tolkien before, I am now. A couple of weeks ago, I tried Bilbo’s hairy feet for the first time, and also the ears, although mine are big enough already, and the hair too. Moreover, they made molds out of those parts of my body since I’m going to be using prosthetics for many months. How did I look? Really different… but I’m ready to be Bilbo.”
You can sense the enthusiasm Freeman has for the role. It will be interesting to see if he fills the large “hairy feet” of a character we all love.