The highly anticipated release of the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, is nearly upon us, which can only mean one thing: press for the film is becoming increasing plentiful.

To wit, director Peter Jackson and  Bilbo Baggins’ portrayer Martin Freeman talked with Total Film about the movie. Here’s Jackson’s take on Baggins as a character:

“He really wants to be left alone, to put his feet up in front of a fire. And then suddenly he’s dragged off on an adventure. So there’s a lot of comedic opportunities. But you want to feel the truth of those moments. You don’t want them to be played just for laughs. When he’s holding the sword and faced with a troll, you want the sense of danger, and Martin’s brilliant at juggling the tone, that ability to have one foot in the dramatic world and one in the comedic world.”

And here’s what Freeman had to say about two films becoming three and the expectations there are about the film:

“It’s not really daunting. It is unexpected compared to where we were, but it’s the same thing of telling the story and doing your bit, whether it’s one or two or three films. There’s just, you know, more of it! But there are so many of us involved, it doesn’t really hang on anyone’s shoulders.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be in theaters everywhere December 14th. The Desolation Of Smaug will be released next year on December 13th and then conclude with There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014, the first Lord of the Rings movie to get a summer release date.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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