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Freeman's Hobbit disappointment

Published 11/10/2010 | 14:09

Martin Freeman was sad that his busy schedule meant he had to turn down the role of Bilbo Baggins
Martin Freeman was sad that his busy schedule meant he had to turn down the role of Bilbo Baggins

Martin Freeman has admitted he was disappointed when he was forced to turn down the role of Bilbo Baggins in the movie adaptation of The Hobbit.

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The Office star confirmed rumours that he rejected the role because he was too busy making BBC One show Sherlock.

He told Empire Online: "I did have to say no to it for the second series of Sherlock ... I did it with a heavy heart, definitely."

But Martin still hopes that talks for him to take the role can be revived.

He said: "If there is any outside possibility, then that would be great. But I've learned not to think too much or hope too much about stuff. It will happen if it happens."

Bilbo was played by Ian Holm in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy - and Martin, 39, reckons he would do a good job if he played the part, adding it would be refreshing if an older actor took on the role.

He said: "Bilbo isn't 20 at this stage of the story and I reckon I could do a young Ian Holm. I think I could give that a go."

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