Martin Freeman: Bilbo is pompous

Martin Freeman says his 'Hobbit' character Bilbo Baggins is much more "pompous" than Lord of the Rings' Frodo Baggins

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Martin Freeman

'The Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins is a much more "pompous" Hobbit than Frodo Baggins.

The 'Lord of the Rings' prequel focuses on the journey of Bilbo - distant cousin to Frodo, a key character in the 'Rings' films - and Martin Freeman, who plays him, says there are a number of very distinct differences between the pair.

He said: "He is intrinsically more correct than Frodo, more pompous. Frodo is more open, Bilbo has to be broken like a clam. Much of the comedy comes from his correctness in facing danger for the first time."

Martin, 41, admits he still can't believe he's such an integral part of such a large franchise.

He added to Empire magazine: "There's still a part of me that still doesn't quite believe it's going to come out. Not many things you do in your life take on mythical proportions. Because of [original novel writer] Tolkien, and because of [director] Peter [Jackson] it's the most anticipated film I'm sure I'll ever do."

The first instalment in the three-part series, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', is in cinemas this December.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • 5 stars
  • 2012
  • US/New Zealand
  • 169 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • UK release: 14 December 2012

Prequel to Jackson's epic adaptations of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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