Martin Freeman talks ‘The Hobbit’ lead role

'It's hard staying peppy when you're covered in snot and mud all day,' says star

Martin Freeman has opened up about his role in The Hobbit, saying that he does not feel pressure.

The actor is carrying both films in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins, but has insisted that he feels like project belongs to director Peter Jackson rather than him.

Freeman told Total Film: “I honestly don’t feel that pressure, no. I really really don’t. It’s Bilbo’s journey, but I didn’t write it. I’m not directing it. It’s not my film, it’s Peter’s film.”

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He also explained what it’s like filming both parts of the story back-to-back on location in New Zealand, saying: “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 done has been more comic than heavy. I keep asking Peter, ‘When are we going heavy?’ He assures me it’s coming.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is released on December 14, 2012, and recently celebrated its one-year countdown to release. It co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Freeman’s co-star on Sherlock, which itself returns to BBC1 on New Year’s Day.

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