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Published On: Mon, Dec 9th, 2013

‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman discusses Bilbo in ‘The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug’ and ‘Fargo’

Chapter two in the new Hobbit trilogy opens this week and Martin Freeman returns as the main character.

Talking with Time Out Dubai Freeman begins by explaining how his character has changed for this film.

Martin Freeman Bilbo The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey“This is the film where Bilbo becomes totally invaluable to the group – he’s not a mascot or someone to be patronised. In fact, he saves their backsides on numerous occasions, so he’s really, really needed. He finds more character, more backbone, than he knew he had.”

Everyone was telling the Brit how life would change with his Hobbit role.

“I remember having those conversations before The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came out [in 2005] and thinking, is everything going to change? And it didn’t, really,” he began. “I’m a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to. If you invite in all the madness, it will. If you don’t, if you kind of let the world quietly know that, ‘No thanks, I still want to get on the train and live my own life,’ then somehow it doesn’t have to”.”

Freeman has joined the Fargo TV spinoff and summarizes where he’s at on that project.

“It’s in the same universe as the film, there’s a similar tone, but it’s not based on the film in terms of plot. My character’s great; there are similarities between him and William H Macy’s character [from the 1996 film]. Billy Bob Thornton’s in it too, and his character teaches mine to take control in ways that aren’t always saintly.”

Check out the full interview HERE

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and HFR on December 13th.

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