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Stop the presses! Martin Freeman could still play Bilbo Baggins?

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
September 8th, 2010

Yesterday, British newspaper, The Sun, told us all that Martin Freeman turned down the role he was offered as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT. The actor was already attached to shoot the BBC series SHERLOCK, and regrettably, couldn't spare the time; a decision that ranks as "one of the most difficult decisions of [Freeman's] career," says The Sun. Some sad news, I'd say, as he seems to be a good fit for the role: somewhat short, and quite British.

But today, just as I was packing away my tissues, EW brings the good. Apparently, MGM and New Line, the studios behind THE HOBBIT, came back to the actor with a revised schedule - one which would allow time for both projects. Parties are currently in negotiations as we speak! That's right you Baggins's and Boffits, we could have our very own Bilbo Baggins. And soon. Finish reading this story, after the jump!

As of now, I've only had the pleasure of seeing him in comedic roles, such as his work in LOVE ACTUALLY, HOT FUZZ, and (no shame) ALI G INDAHOUSE. I know he's been in dramatic roles, but mostly in British pieces that I have yet to see. The question now is, if the actor decides to take the role, will he have the chops to pull it off? Director, Peter Jackson seems to have faith in him, as the role was offered to him.

Ian Holm gave a pretty great performance, but if Freeman has as much talent as Jackson seems to think he does, this could be the role of his life. He's got some Hobbit-sized shoes to fill, that's for sure.

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