Sherlock: Martin Freeman almost had to turn down Hobbit role due to filming as Watson!

by Anna Howell

Whilst the entire word agrees that there could be no one more suited to play the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in the new blockbuster movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Sherlock star, Martin Freeman almost had to turn down the job, the Sun newspaper reports!

Freeman, who signed up for the third series of Sherlock earlier this month, almost lost the lead role of the infamous Bilbo Baggins due to his Sherlock contractual obligations with the BBC to play Dr Watson in the last series.

The Lord Of The Rings director, Peter Jackson, had hand-picked Freeman to play Baggins in the next Tolkien blockbuster, much to the former Office stars delight, but his joy soon turned to despair when his agent told him that he was going to have to pass up the opportunity.

Freeman revealed: “I had a call from my agent and he said ‘I’m sorry, we’re going to have to let (The Hobbit) go.’ I was gutted.”

However, to accommodate Freemans Sherlock commitments, Jackson halted filming of the epic trilogy in New Zealand for six whole months until Freeman, and his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, had finished filming Sherlock.

Freeman then went straight from Baker Street to start filming for The Hobbit for 18 months along with the likes of Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt and Sir Ian McKellen.

Speaking of the experience, Freeman, who begins filming for the new series of Sherlock in the New Year, commented: “I’ll never make a bigger film.”

Watch Freeman in the official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, in the clip below:

Sherlock returns to our BBC screen next year, following the shocking end of series two where fans thought they had witnessed their hero jump from a building to his death, only to find out that the whole thing was staged in the very last scene.

Watch the moment when Sherlock fakes his own death in the clip below:

1 Comment

  1. reader on November 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    6 weeks, not months. But it still speaks to how much they wanted him; an amazing thing to do.

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