‘The Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman calls Bilbo Baggins ‘pompous’

The 'Sherlock' actor compares his character to Frodo Baggins from 'Lord Of The Rings'

Martin Freeman has said he finds Bilbo Baggins, the lead character he plays in the upcoming ‘The Hobbit’, to be “pompous”.

The actor was comparing his hobbit to the lead hobbit in The Lord Of The Rings‘, Frodo Baggins, who is played by actor Elijah Wood, in an interview in this month’s Empire magazine.

When asked what he thinks separates the two hobbit characters, Freeman said: “He [Bilbo] is intrinsically more correct than Frodo, more pompous. Frodo is more open – Bilbo has to be broken open like a clam. Much of the comedy comes from seeing his correctness face danger for the first time.”

Despite the huge media and fan attention The Hobbit has received since the Peter Jackson announced he was following up his Lord Of The Rings success by adapting JRR Tolkien’s first novel, Freeman says he still can’t believe the film is going to be released.

He said: “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 Tolkien, and because of Peter [Jackson] it’s the most anticipated film I’m sure I’ll ever do.”

An Unexpected Journey, the first in Jackson’s trilogy of The Hobbit films, gets its worldwide premiere in Wellington, New Zealand on November 28. It then opens in cinemas across the UK on December 13.