Martin Freeman feels no Hobbit pressure

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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.

December 19th, 2011

Martin Freeman does not think 'The Hobbit' is his film - despite being the lead star.

The British star plays the part of hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the Sir Peter Jackson-directed 'Lord of the Rings' prequel, and he admits after a long time filming he does not feel worried about taking on the character.

He said: "I honestly don't feel that pressure, no. I really, really don't. It is Bilbo's journey, but I didn't write it. I'm not directing it. It's not my film, It's Peter's film."

However, he reveals it has been tough for him to do a good job when he is covered in "snot and mud" during the New Zealand-set shoot.

He added to Total Film: "The hardest thing is staying up and peppy when you're covered in snot or mud, day after day. I'm sure there's more to come.

"So far, what we've filmed has been more comic than heavy. I keep asking Peter, 'When are we going heavy?' He assures me it's coming."

Two 'Hobbit' prequels are set to hit cinemas in the next two years, with 'An Unexpected Journey' released in December 2012.