Insider Access: ‘The Hobbit’ Martin Freeman Frets About Being Digitally Replaced

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk

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.

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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

[Related: Yahoo! Movies Giveaway -- ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Blu-ray]

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