Martin Freeman

  • Aired:  12/04/12
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Actor Martin Freeman congratulates Stephen on his Tolkien quiz victory and shares his best Bilbo Baggins moment. (6:39)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYS THE TITULAR ROLE IN THE MOVIE "THE HOBBIT." PLEASE WELCOME MARTIN FREEMAN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HEY MARTIN, GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: SIT DOWN, IS THIS YOURS?

>> NO, IT WAS PLACED THERE.

>> Stephen: WELL, LET'S GET RID OF THAT.

IT COULD BE POISONED, WE'RE IN A FANTASY WORLD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU'RE BILBO.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE FILMS?

BECAUSE I HAVE.

>> I'VE SEEN IT TWICE.

>> Stephen: WELL, YOU'RE ONE UP ON ME.

PLUS YOU'RE IN IT.

>> I AM IN IT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YOU ALSO -- YOU'RE ALSO WELL KNOWN AS TIM FROM THE ORIGINAL "OFFICE."

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) AND DR. WATTSON FROM "SHERLOCK." (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) AND NOW BILBO.

ISN'T THAT A BURDEN THAT YOU ARE PLAYING THESE ICONIC CHARACTERS?

DID YOU EVER FEEL LIKE ANY ONE OF THEM WAS GOING TO TRAP YOU?

>> I THINK I THOUGHT THAT ABOUT TIM FOR A WHILE.

DEFINITELY, YEAH.

BECAUSE FOR A FEW YEARS THAT FOLLOWED -- I MEAN, THE THING IS -- LATE ME STATE FOR THE RECORD

I'M PROUD OF "THE OFFICE," I'M PROUD OF THAT PART, I LOVE THE SHOW.

BUT FOR A FEW YEARS I WAS WISHING PEOPLE WOULD STOP SHOUTING "TIM" AT ME IN THE STREET.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE GOING TO SHOUT BILBO AT YOU."

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHAT PART IS THERE -- THEY SAY I'M NOT AN ACTOR, I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ACTORS.

BUT YOU'RE AN ACTOR.

IS THERE SOME PART OF BILBO THAT HAS TO BE TRUE TO YOU?

LIKE WHAT IS YOUR BILBO?

>> MY BILBO IS -- IT'S KIND OF -- IT'S ALL OF US.

WHAT I IMAGINE OR HOPE ALL OF US TO BE, WHICH IS BASICALLY A PEACE-LOVING PERSON WHO DOESN'T

WANT TROUBLE IN HIS LIFE WHO IS WRENCHED OUT OF HIS SITUATION ON TO AN ADVENTURE WHERE HE MIGHT

HAVE TO KILL OR BE KILLED.

WHICH I MY MOST OF US WOULD BE QUITE SCARED OF.

>> Stephen: RIGHT, RIGHT.

BUT IN SOME WAYS YOU'RE KIND OF -- YOU WENT THROUGH SORT OF A BILBO EXPERIENCE WITH THIS FILM

BECAUSE YOU WENT DOWN -- THEY ALREADY SHOT "LORD OF THE RINGS

>> IS THIS POISOND?

>> Stephen: I MAKE NO GUARANTEES.

(LAUGHTER) WE'LL SEE HOW THE INTERVIEW GOES.

(LAUGHTER) I WENT DOWN THERE.

>> I KNOW YOU DID.

>> Stephen: I WENT DOWN LAST YEAR.

>> AND I MISSED YOU.

>> Stephen: I KNOW, JUST BARELY, LIKE BY A DAY.

>> I THINK I WAS STILL ON CHRISTMAS -- OR WAS IT DURING --.

>> Stephen: IT WAS SUMMERTIME.

(LAUGHTER) I BELIEVE CHRISTMAS IS IN AUGUST

>> I CAME BACK AND MY MASSAGE THERAPIST ANGELA SAID YOU HAD BEEN -- (LAUGHTER)

THAT'S HOW I GOT DOWN THERE.

ANGELA BROUGHT ME A NOTE ON THE HOBBIT STATIONERY THAT SAID "COME HAVE FUN." AND DID I.

>> I HEARD YOU WON A TOLKIEN QUIZ AGAINST PHILIPPA, WHO IS A BIG TOLKIEN HEAD.

>> Stephen: PETER JACKSON CAME UP ME AT A PARTY FROM THE DWARS AND HE SAID THERE WAS GOING TO

BE A GEEKOFF.

>> Stephen:

>> AND YOU WON.

>> Stephen: I DID!

I SAID TO PHILIPPA RIGHT BEFORE I STARTED I SAID PREPARE YOURSELF BECAUSE I AM LIKE AN

ATHLETE WHO HAS TRAINED HIS ENTIRE LIFE FOR A RACE HE NEVER KNEW WAS COMING.

(LAUGHTER) BUT IT'S AGAINST YOU, BABY.

IT WAS FANTASTIC, SHE WAS GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT.

NOW I -- I -- DID YOU READ THE BOOKS GROWING UP?

BECAUSE I'M A FANATIC ABOUT "LORD OF THE RINGS."

>> I DIDN'T.

I BECAME ACQUAINTED WITH MIDDLE EFFORT AS AN ADULT IN THE RUNUP TO DOING IT.

I KNEW THE FILMS.

VERY, VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE FILMS, THOUGHT THEY WERE BRILLIANT BUT I WASN'T -- ARE

YOU BORED?

>> NO, NOT AT ALL.

NOT AT ALL.

I WAS JUST BRINGING UP -- I WAS BRINGING YOU UP HERE.

>> Stephen: OH, WERE YOU?

BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T READ THE BOOK AS A CHILD BUT YOU ARE A CHILD'S TOY.

THAT'S YOU.

(LAUGHTER) THERE'S A LEGO YOU NOW.

>> THERE IS, BUT ALSO IF YOU TURN HIS HEAD THERE IS A SCARED ME.

(LAUGHTER) THAT'S ME -- (LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: FANTASTIC.

>> SO THAT HAS AS MANY FACIAL ACTIONS AS I HAVE AS MARTIN IN REAL LIFE.

IT ALMOST OUTACTS ME.

>> Stephen: IT HAS YOUR EMOTIONAL RANGE.

>> THE FULL A TO B, YEAH.

>> Stephen: BUT THIS IS THE LEVEL FOR FAME.

YOU'RE A VERY FAMOUS GUY.

>> WE ALL KNOW THIS, YES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: BUT ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THIS KIND OF ADULATION AND LET'S CALL IT MARKET PENETRATION?

>> THAT WAS ONE OF THE PROUDEST DAYS OF MY LIFE.

ON THE LAST DAY OF SHOOTING WE WERE ALL GIVEN OUR OWN LEGO FIGURES.

IT WAS GREAT.

THAT WAS HONESTLY ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME.

THE FACT THAT I'M LEGO, JESUS.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: IS THERE A LEGO LEGOLAS?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YES, BUT HE'S A LEGLESS LEGO LEGOLAS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU AND BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WHO PLAYS SHERLOCK IN "SHERLOCK."

HAVE YOU STARTED SHOOTING THE NEXT SEASON YET?

>> NO, WE START IN MARCH.

>> Stephen: GET ON THE STICK, OKAY?

SOME OF US CANNOT WAIT FOR THE REST OF IT.

>> THANKS.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THE MAIN CHARACTER OF BILBO AND HE IS THE BIG SPECIAL EFFECT DRAGON.

DO YOU GUYS DEBATE OVER WHO HAS THE BETTER PART?

(LAUGHTER) WELL, IT'S A VERY GOOD PART.

>> Stephen: DRAG GONES ARE INHERENTLY SEXY.

>> HOBBIT CANS HOLD THEIR OWN.

YOU'RE IN RIVENDALE, DID YOU SEE THAT?

>> IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

CAN I ASK IN?

IS THIS KOSHER?

HOW DID YOU GET THIS?

>> Stephen: ARE YOU ASKING ME WHETHER I HAVE VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT

INFRINGEMENT AND SHOULD NEW LINE COME AFTER ME IN A LAWSUIT?

>> IN SO MANY WORDS.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME.

MARTIN FREEMAN.

THE MOVIE IS "THE HOBBIT."

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