Published On: Tue, Dec 11th, 2012

Martin Freeman admits he never read the books and Ian McKellen show him the ‘night life’

The star of the Peter Jackson film, the prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is Martin Freeman. Freeman stars as Bibo Baggins and made a pretty shocker reveal in an interview with People Magazine, as detailed by Entertainment Wise on Sunday.

Freeman told the magazine that he is familiar with Middle Earth only through Jackson’s film, not from the works of JRR Tolkien.

”I hadn’t read any of the books actually. I got familiar with Middle Earth through Peter Jackson’s films. Now I can see why people love that world so much,” Martin revealed.

The “Sherlock” star also revealed how his co-star Sir Ian McKellen was his guide to the night life in New Zealand, where the film was shot.

”It was lovely to have the time to get to know people properly. I’m a homebody so I like putting a DVD on and having a beer…But Ian McKellen was the kind of the social scene. Night’s round Gandalf’s house. There was a lot of that.”

The 41-year-old actor is still adapting to the intense fanfare which seems to be everywhere.

“It’s kind of weird when everywhere you go there are pictures of you,” says Freeman. “It’s certainly unusual for any film I’ve ever done.” Then he adds with a grin: “But it’s a good picture of me and at least I’m happy with it, because if it was a picture I hated I wouldn’t go out.”

Warner Bros

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