Why Martin Freeman was cast as Bilbo Baggins

In a recent interview, The Hobbit co-writer Phillipa Boyens explains why Martin Freeman was ultimately chosen for the coveted role of Bilbo Baggins!

“His great sense of comedy is something we do need in the story. He’s quintessentially English, and that’s a hard thing to define, and one of his great gifts as an actor is that he’s immediately likeable.”

“There’s nothing obviously heroic about tumbling out of your door going off chasing treasure — and not even knowing exactly why you’ve done it either! So we needed somebody with a great range, who lets you in, and is also really quite athletic too — it’s a physical role.”

Do you think Martin Freeman complements Ian Holmes’ original version of the older, wiser Bilbo Baggins?

via Blastr.