As you might expect from the man who plays Bilbo Baggins, Martin Freeman is a charming bloke with a witty way. He's the kind of merry chap you could easily sip an Ent-draught with at the local pub, all while being regaled with delightful stories of Middle Earth.
Which is pretty much what happened when I got the chance to interview Freeman recently, only without the pub setting and the strong Ent ale. But worry not, Hobbitons, Middle Earth stories flowed like the Isen River.
While promoting today's home video release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), Freeman spoke candidly about being received by such expectant fans as those who made "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy a world-wide box office phenomenon. He described the first scene that he shot for the film: Bilbo's iconic battle of wits of with Gollum, played with motion-capture aplomb by Andy Serkis. Freeman even told us about fretting over being digitally removed by his tech-heavy director, Peter Jackson.
And speaking of Jackson, he's hosting a live Q&A on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00pm ET / 12:00pm PT, followed by a first look at the next film in the trilogy, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Details are at www.hobbit.com/sneak.
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