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Dec. 16, 2013 | 1:58 p.m.

‘Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman on comedy in ‘Smaug,’ Bilbo’s Englishness

Martin Freeman, left, and John Callen in a scene from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." (Mark Pokorny / Warner Bros.)
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” smashed the competition at the box office this weekend, earning more than $73 million. The second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel also garnered more critical esteem than its predecessor, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” with much of the praise falling to the film’s star, Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, a diminutive hero with a growing sense of courage. In “Desolation of Smaug,” Bilbo faces off against enormous spiders, dangerous elves and, of course, the  dragon Smaug, voiced by Freeman’s “Sherlock” costar Benedict Cumberbatch. Hero Complex caught up with Freeman to talk about what motivates Bilbo, the interweaving of fright and comedy and the pressures of taking on a character so beloved by Tolkien fans. Hero Complex: Bilbo Baggins seems to really find his own in this […]
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