The Office actor Martin Freeman has been working with Peter Jackson on the Lord Of The Rings directors spin off, The Hobbit. And it appears that Martin has been impressing a few people, including Peter Jackson himself, who has been raving about the British star.
Jackson explained, “He is fantastic and there is simply nobody else for the job. We couldn’t find anyone who was better than him. He is simply fantastic.” He added, “He’s Bilbo-esque. You might not always want to say that about you, right? But seriously he has the essential features of this little English gent, this country gent who is slightly old-fashioned and has to go around in the world and try to cope with it.”
Peter continued, That’s not exactly who Martin is as a person, but as an actor he does that so well. The fish out of water with a sense of courage but also a wonderful sense of humor. The things that happen to him and the way he reacts to them — things he’s never seen in his life before as a stuffy little Hobbit — his response to it all is part of the charm. And he does have a great openness in his face.”
Martin Freeman spent several weeks during July and August filming the TV series Sherlock, which he was already signed up to before agreeing to be in The Hobbit. This meant that Peter Jackson and the rest of the team could film parts of the sequel, which Freeman would not be appearing in. “We’ve been shooting a bit of the second Hobbit movie” explained Jackson. The Hobbit is set to be released on December 14, 2012.