Martin Freeman prayed on The Hobbit set

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 December 2013
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington

Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington

martin Freeman admits he prayed on the set of 'The Hobbit' while he was shooting dangerous scenes because he feared for his life

Martin Freeman prayed on the set of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'.

The 42-year-old actor admits he sought help from above when he was shooting scenes for the sequel, which sees him tumble down a fast-flowing river in barrels because he feared he would get injured.

He said: "That's the week that I prayed.

"Every day before going on set, I would say a quick prayer. There was an element of danger with the barrels even though you are well looked after."

Despite the dangerous scenes, the star - who is married to actress Amanda Abbington - insists he loved filming the messy parts.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he explained: "It was more fun than it looks. It was highly enjoyable. The doing of all those things is fun.

"I remember that day when we filmed coming up from the toilet - not very glamorous and a bit yucky, but it's all fun. Being covered in fish is disgusting again and kind of fun.

"Spiders were very fun. There's more action and stuff going on. Some of it we shot so long ago that you forget you did it or you think somebody else did it."

'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' hits cinemas on December 13.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US / New Zealand
  • 2h 41min
  • 12A
  • 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: 13 December 2013

Jackson continues his epic Tolkien hexalogy with the second of his films based on The Hobbit.