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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Freeman has no love for Hobbit feet

Martin Freeman won't miss his Hobbit feet

Martin Freeman has revealed he will not miss his Hobbit feet.

The 41-year-old actor had to cope with the flipper-like appendages for his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took a lot of work to recreate.

"I think they're brilliantly designed and fantastically clever but I won't miss them. They're like tights that come up to your mid thigh," he joked.

"I'd have to shave my legs, talcum powder them, then they'd put an inner sole on and put this latex leg and foot over it. It was a two-person job."

He added: "It changes the way you walk definitely because you have an extra six inches on your feet. It changes your gait because you have to lift your legs up more. It takes about a week to get used to that. A bit like wearing flippers."

Given that the three movies were shot back-to-back over an epic 18 months, Martin felt it was important to remain as fit as possible.

"It's a very physical role because it's quite holistic. Your whole body is involved. Obviously Bilbo's not a superhero so I wasn't bench-pressing 200 pounds every hour, but you do as an actor have to be healthy and ready," he said.

:: The Hobbit is out now.

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