|Martin Freeman chatting in New York|
He stars in all three films as Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit of the title, and will be the focus of fan fever from fantasy followers around the world.
He has already been on a promotional visit to Japan and I caught up with him in New York where he was slightly bemused to find billboards and posters of himself looking down at him from nearly every corner.
|Martin Freeman; a portrait|
Then he added with a grin: “But it’s a good picture of me and at least I’m happy with it because if it was a picture I hated I wouldn’t go out.”
Martin was the only actor director Peter Jackson considered for the role of the Hobbit, but problems arose when filming was delayed because of financial problems and Martin instead took the role of Dr. Watson in the Sherlock TV series.
He could not spend 18 months in New Zealand because of his Sherlock commitments so Jackson took the practically unheard of step of closing down production for two months so Martin could return to the U.K to film Sherlock.
He is relatively unperturbed at the prospect of becoming world famous as the Hobbit. “Until it actually happens it’s all an intellectual exercise,” he says. “What if everyone hates it? I try not to count my chickens.
“I try to treat it as a nice adventure rather than a huge pressure.”