I have always loved that The Lord of the Rings and now The Hobbit was made by people who love Tolks. If you do too, you'll definitely appreciate this:
BF: Knowing what this character means to the geek world, did you feel the weight —
MF: Of a million geeks! It's probably like feeling the intimidation of the mafia. It was like pissing off the Crips. The geeks are going to get me! But no, I think I tried not to think about it, really. Like with anything I've done ever. I've had a few parts that are very beloved to people from literature, and I can't play that. I can't play their expectations. That's not the screenplay you're making. It's not a democracy in the way that I'll go and find out what Russell thinks out there in Oregon. I'm afraid he doesn't have a say. He's either going to like it or he's not going to like it, and believe me, we want him to like it. But we have to get on with the job of making a film. But Peter is a geek. He's an absolute self-confessed Tolkien geek. So you have one at the helm.
BF: You feel you're protected?
MF: Totally. You're in safe geek hands.
You can catch the rest of the interview over here.
Oh my god, I'm freaking out over here! The always brilliant Mr Freeman is one of the few reasons that I saw The Hobbit, and I eagerly look forward to the Geekgasms heard 'round the world when Sherlock returns.
Are you excited for his next 's next installment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Was Freeman the best thing about An Unexpected Journey? Let us know by dropping a comment below.