Martin Freeman: Bilbo is pompous

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The first of three films based on an adaptation of the 1937 novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. It will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several actors from The Lord of the Rings will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood & Orlando Bloom. Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

October 28th, 2012

'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.