Martin Freeman Interview Transcript from The Battle Of The Five Armies Media Junket

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Martin Freeman Interview
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Media Junket
September 2014
Transcribed by Lauren Jones; Edited by Amanda Aayusya
Published in: All Film #60

(This is an unabridged transcript of the talent interview that appeared in All Film #60, used for the main article and individual actor’s interview pages in the magazine. Please mention All Film if you’re going to post this transcript, and credit Lauren Jones & Amanda Aayusya for the transcription work. Linking here would also be appreciated.)

You’re almost done with the whole Hobbit… do you feel free?

MARTIN FREEMAN: Not yet, not yet… It’s kind of strange, because I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’ve done the last bits of ADR – the last bits of looping – last week. So I’ve only seen snippets of it, and you’re reminded of things you did 2 and a half, 3 years ago, or whatever, you know? When I finished, I thought I’m never going to any more voicing on that, and in a little while the film will open and that will be it. So, I mean… to be honest, I always like things ending. I think things are supposed to end. You know, life is supposed to end, jobs are supposed to end, it’s all supposed to end, so I never particularly get too sad about that, you know? I’m happy, you know, hopefully I’ll like the film and hopefully I’ll be happy with the job we’ve done. And then I’ll find out of Peter is making The Silmarillion or not!

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Theater-going: Martin Freeman on His New Theater Audience

Ahead of his performance in Saturday Night Live, which will surely be full-on comedy, I bring you Martin Freeman’s more serious side through this sound bite from All Film‘s interview with the man who played Bilbo Baggins on the big screens.

We asked him this question:

We saw your Richard III, which was extraordinary, and wondered if you’d noticed a change in your theatre audiences, having gone from National Treasure to International Treasure?

His answer:

 

There was quite a lot of interest in this play and role that he this past summer – at least two other people asked him about Richard III. The other questions were “Did you ask Ian McKellen for tips on playing Richard III?” (because apparently Sir Ian had also played the same character) and “Did you have to avoid putting any Richard III into Bilbo? (which is kind of an odd question, because he played Bilbo before he did Richard III…) All of his answers were diplomatic but our interviewer Lauren’s question got the longest answer ever – which made it hard to transcribe and then include in the magazine, because it was just really, really long – and he sounded really passionate here.

Also, Martin was drinking green tea when he was interviewed.

And now we go back to counting down the hours until SNL.

The Hobbit and The King: A Preview of All Film’s All Hobbit Edition

Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage on Bilbo and Thorin’s Relationship

Photo by Sarah Dunn

Photo by Sarah Dunn

In the upcoming issue of All Film magazine’s All Hobbit edition, actors Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage talk about the latest development in their characters’ Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield’s relationshipin The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

Armitage started by revealing that for director/co-writer Peter Jackson and his writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, it was “really important for them to tighten up that relationship” as his character Thorin Oakenshield, the dwarf king who’s currently holed up in the Lonely Mountain, became “very isolationist and he becomes quite obsessed with Bilbo, that everyone is betraying him except him [Bilbo].”

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

It all leads up, the actor said, to the point in the book where their confrontation becomes dangerously physical, with Thorin nearly throwing Bilbo from the ramparts. The infamous scene from the book by J.R.R. Tolkien came as a shock for Armitage in his youth. “It was really shocking at the time, when I was a kid and I read it,” he said. “We were always driving toward that point so they were trying to tighten that story.”

Later on, when we asked The Hobbit himself, Martin Freeman, to describe working on those with Armitage, he confessed, “Richard, while we were filming, kept a slight distance from us anyway, just as Thorin. That helped him to feel slightly isolated.” This works because according to Freeman, “I didn’t feel I knew this character inside out, I didn’t feel I was overly familiar with this person, however well I sort of got to know him. For Bilbo there would always be a barrier, because he’s quite a foreboding person.”

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Photos by Sarah Dunn. Spread from All Film.

Luckily, despite this barrier on screen, Freeman and Armitage still seemed to get along on set. “He’s a very solidly decent human being,” the Sherlock actor says of his co-star. “He’s fairly quiet, keeps himself to himself, in a way that I respect.”

Both actors, along with Sir Ian McKellen (who plays Gandalf), Luke Evans (Bard) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas), talked further to All Film in London about their work in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Among others, Freeman also shared his thoughts on his latest work on theater (playing Richard III) and his emotional last day on set. Meanwhile, Armitage shared his reason for joining social media (find him on Twitter) and his approach to Thorin, a character he strongly disagrees with.

Listen to the sound bites.

All Film‘s All Hobbit edition will be on newsstands this week. For more info on this edition, click here.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Teaser: A Reaction

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There was just the one clip from the last installment of The Hobbit trilogy that Peter Jackson & Co. showed the audience at the Warner Bros panel at San Diego Comic-Con ’14... and now we get to see it too! Warner Bros has released the teaser trailer of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies for our viewing pleasure.

My first few thoughts are:

  • Chilling. Epic. But mostly just chilling.
  • The use of Pippin’s song in this trailer feels right. It’s a good way to use that song again and connect The Hobbit to The Lord Of The Rings. (And the fact that Pippin’s song came in the third film of LOTR trilogy makes its usage in this third movie of The Hobbit trilogy is even more appropriate.)
  • Realistically speaking, I suspect that the reason why Pippin’s song is used in the trailer is because they don’t have a scoring ready to be used yet. However, it still sounds good and feels right anyway.
  • Now I really want Pippin’s song to be used in the movie. It’ll be a great way to have Billy Boyd involved again.
  • I suspect this will be Luke Evans’ moment to shine. The trailer teases a lot of heroic moments for Bard the Bowman. I hope the end product delivers on that.
  • Galadriel and Gandalf are yet another reason why I get goosebumps. Again, Pippin’s song fits whatever is happening there perfectly, walking through shadows and all that.
  • Sauron’s eye at the end of the trailer made me shudder. For all that Smaug is evil, Sauron is still the bigger threat.
  • The Hobbit film writers absolutely love Richard Armitage. They keep giving him the best lines. After “if this to end in fire, then we will all burn together”, he now gets to play Thorin Oakenshield delivering the fierce line of “I will have war.
  • Bilbo’s monologue at the beginning of the teaser trailer is absolutely heartbreaking.

Are you not gross sobbing into your keyboards yet?

“one day i’ll remember, remember everything that happened: the good, the bad, those who survived, and those that did not.”

I can’t actually watch too much of this trailer because I don’t want to cry even more than I already did.

I’ve been very worried about the BOTFA film; PJ has been slow in keeping us updated. It is now end of July and we still haven’t seen much – not even by way of still images – of the film. The only thing significant that happened was the title change from There And Back Again to The Battle Of The Five Armies. Right now, I have very low expectation of the movie (also taking into account how The Desolation Of Smaug took a huge leap away from the book), mostly because of this sense of ‘unpreparedness’. I hope everything will go well and we can see something else soon. It really is time for a production blog, Mr. Jackson!

On the meantime, let’s just enjoy the teaser poster where Bilbo is kneeling holding Sting. Can we say epic again? EPIC.

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel at Hall H, SDCC2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies panel just ended at Hall H, San Diego Comic-Con 2014. According to reports, it was attended by Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, Graham McTavish, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans andLee Pace. Host is Stephen Colbert (who is the real hero of the panel, in my opinion). The three main actors Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Richard Armitage did not attend because of their filming/stage projects.

They shared a gag-reel (which is quite funny, according to descriptions) and a teaser trailer. I’m sure we will get to see them both eventually, but the description for the teaser trailer was massively epic because it ended with a strong Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins moment.

(Descriptions by Silas Lesnick of Comingsoon.net via their live-blog.)

Set to a somber musical version of Tolkien’s “The Walking Song,” the teaser is all about building the intensity of this giant, giant battle

We see all the characters preparing for battle. Troops of Orcs, Elven warriors, etc

At the end, Thorin asks Bilbo to stand with him one last time

According to Total Film’s Tweet, the last line there goes:

“Will you follow me… one last time?”

More descriptions from CS live-blog:

Smaug doing a strife across Laketown

Thranduil in battle

Galadriel walking barefoot across a battlefield. She kneels and kisses a wounded, unconscious Gandalf on the head

Thranduil in battle? His Supreme Bitchface in armor, which Lee Pace himself Tweeted yesterday. (Along with the Comic-Con poster released before that.)

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At the end of the panel, Peter Jackson announced The Hobbit Fan Contest, which will give the fans a chance to go to New Zealand. The contest will invite 75 winners (each with a guest) to The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies premiere in New Zealand in November. Go to the website and register!

Some photos from the panel (via Warner Bros Twitter):

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Photos via Tifferini Twitter:

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Photos via Wilson Morales Twitter:

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Photo of Hall H via Lee Pace Twitter:

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Mark Gatiss on the Enduring Fame & Charm Of Sherlock Holmes

First appeared in totalfilmindonesia.com as “Mark Gatiss di Bab Terakhir Sherlock Musim Ketiga“.

Mark Gatiss on the Enduring Fame & Charm Of Sherlock Holmes

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Reaching the end of BBC’s Sherlock season three (S3), fans are anxious to know of what comes next for the great detective. Luckily there’s a season 4 in the works; co-creator Steven Moffat has confirmed it. No matter how long it takes to make it – as the two leading men of the show are currently busy with their own projects – fans will definitely continue to wait eagerly.

Meanwhile, we can probably wait by checking out all of co-creator and co-writer Mark Gatiss’ favorite Sherlock Holmes incarnations that inspired him and Moffat on the series.

“Our favorite was always Basil Rathbone in the films of the ‘40s because those films seemed to us to have more of the true spirit of Conan Doyle than a lot of the other adaptations,” Gatiss confesses to us via phone from Liverpool. “Having said that, Jeremy Brett was amazing; he was the definitive Sherlock Holmes for a whole generation. We love those stories well and Peter Cushing and Douglas Wilmer in the ‘60s… there are loads and loads of them. But I think the Rathbone and Nigel Bruce films are the ones that we keep coming back to. That plus the Billy Wilder’s film, The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes, in 1970. Those are the big touchstones for us.”

Mind you, though he says “favorite”, all of it comes with a bit of disclaimer… “It’s very hard to say because everybody has their favorite and people get very upset if we name someone else!”

In addition to the Guy Ritchie films from 2009 and 2011, plus the American TV series featuring the detective (Elementary), modern audiences are spoiled for choice when it comes to watching Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters in live action format. Gatiss has a good theory on the phenomenon.

“It has to be almost entirely down to the fact that the original stories are so brilliant. Arthur Conan Doyle is a genius writer, probably the best short story writer we’ve ever had. He was just a master of the form,” Gatiss muses.

He also credits Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson’s relationship for being one of the main attractions of the stories. “The characters of Holmes and Watson have endured so much because it’s one of the great friendships in literature and people always respond to that. They shouldn’t be friends but they are and that’s what makes it brilliant. I think the fact that we see Sherlock through Dr. Watson’s eyes, as it were, means that he always appears as a slightly god-like figure. And that’ an enormous part of the appeal.”

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