Dec. 11 - Hobbit star talks about how we are all similar to his character Bilbo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The second part of director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" will be "big", actor Martin Freeman said on Tuesday (December 10), one day after the film's Europe premiere. During an interview with Reuters Television in Berlin, Freeman said we all have a little bit of his character Bilbo in us. "In a culture where everyone goes extreme sports and everyone can travel around the world now, you ask people if you'd like to go to Afghanistan or Iraq. People don't want to f**king go. Do you know what I mean? And that's why we consider the people who do go there very brave and quite heroic, whether we agree with it or not. As individuals, it's a hell of a decision to make. Most of us don't want to go there, me included. And Bilbo is going into a situation where he knows it's life and death. It's not snow boarding, you could get killed. So it's a very, very attractive proposition to stay in the shire. Most of us do that. Most of us live in the shire, most of us in the first world live in the shire. That's why we don't choose to live in somewhere, you know, war-torn. We're all Bilbo," said Freeman. The film follows the further adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the thirteen dwarfs and the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) in Middle Earth. The group continues on their quest to regain the gold captured by the dragon, Smaug. Evangeline Lilly plays the elf warrior Tauriel. Unlike most of the other characters, Tauriel isn't part of any Tolkien work but has been imagined by Jackson and his wife Frances Walsh, and appears to play a major part alongside Orlando Bloom's Legolas. The first film of the trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", made more than $1 billion dollars (USD) worldwide. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits German theatres on December 12.