Martin Freeman: Bilbo is pompous

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

Martin Freeman

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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