Martin Freeman wanted dark Bilbo role

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman has admitted he is pleased his character Bilbo Baggins in 'The Hobbit' film franchise has gone through many different experiences because he didn't want to just portray a "cute Hobbit".

Martin Freeman was desperate to "go dark" in 'The Hobbit' movie series.

The 43-year-old actor portrays Bilbo Baggins in the film franchise and is pleased his character has gone through so many different experiences as he worried being a "cute Hobbit" would bore audiences quickly.

He said: "Bilbo goes through an awful lot of changes, a lot of light and shade.

"I wanted to know early on, when do I break through the ingénue thing? When do I break through the Stan Laurel, wide-eyed 'What's going on?' thing.

"I knew that wouldn't be very interesting, to be a cute Hobbit all the time.

"I was always chomping at the bit, 'When can he go dark?' That's my natural inclination, to just root around in the dirt."

While the movies are based on J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling book, there are some differences and Martin is delighted with the tale told in third instalment, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

He added to SFX magazine: "It's ever so good. Anyone that's read the book knows what's in the story.

"But there will be bits that are not exactly the same as Professor Tolkein, as there have been with all the films. The screenplay is my bible as opposed to the novel."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 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, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.


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