Freeman: Just call me Bilbo

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman wants people to refer to him as Bilbo Baggins in 20 years time.

The British actor plays the iconic character in the film adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit.

With the second installment, The Desolation of Smaug, having gained massive success shortly after its release this month, Martin feels fortunate to play such a popular character.

“In 20 years, if people are shouting ‘Bilbo!’ at me in the street, well, I should be so lucky. There are only a limited amount of things you’ll do in your working life that will resonate with people, and I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve done a few already. And I’m still a very young, 25-year-old man,” he laughed to denofgeek.com.

“So I’m lucky with that. And I know people will say, ‘Oi, Bilbo’. I know they will. And a few years ago, that would have bothered me, in relation to Tim [from The Office], but it doesn’t bother me now at all. I think you’re lucky if that resonates. Because – please God – I’ll never stop doing the work I want to do. I don’t see myself as what other people see me as – I know it’s not me. So whatever you want to shout at me on the street is fine so long as it’s nice, and I’ll just carry on ploughing my little furrow, you know?”

The 42-year-old star also shared what qualities are needed to be a good Hobbit. He took over the role from Ian Holm, who portrayed Bilbo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

“Uh, vulnerability. Humor, I think. A sense of the ridiculous, I guess. [Bilbo] has a certain pomposity about him, certainly in the first film, that gets pricked all the time, you know, in a pretty standard, traditional comic way, I guess. Seeing someone who’s okay in this world, then you put them in that world, and they look ridiculous,” Martin explained.

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