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McKellen: Freeman's 'hobbity gait'

Published 09/03/2011 | 12:06

Martin Freeman has been practising for his role in The Hobbit
Martin Freeman has been practising for his role in The Hobbit

Martin Freeman has a "hobbity gait", Sir Ian McKellen has revealed.

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The Sherlock star portrays lead hobbit Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings 3D prequel, with Ian reprising his role as wizard Gandalf.

He recalled his encounter with Martin during a costume test run, writing on his official website, www.mckellen.com: "I've seen Bilbo - in three dimensions. Martin improvised a hobbity gait, padding back and forth, testing his big hairy Hobbit feet, pointy ears and little tum."

Ian was visiting friends when he heard Martin was nearby so he headed over to have a sneak peek.

"I heard Martin Freeman was just round the corner by the permanent greenscreen, done up as Bilbo, testing his costume in front of the 3D cameras," he continued.

"Indeed, there he was in the open air, mostly oblivious to the camera, though turning this way and that as required. Beneath the shade of a tent, in a sun hat, Andrew Lesnie (cinematographer) was remotely controlling the two lenses within the mighty camera which digitally records in 3D.

"His screen showed the familiar 2D image but next to it, above the director's chair, was a large colour screen in full magical three dimensions, much as it will appear in the cinema."

Ian, who is in New Zealand preparing for the shoot, added: "Three Bilbos simultaneously, two performances on screen and the actor beyond: which was the real one? Martin Freeman was transmuting into a character whose reality will soon be as authentic as his own."

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