But one actor we wouldn’t want to see return is actually the actor when it comes to a Hobbit movie. While wizards and elves and part elf-men all age slowly (or not at all), hobbits get old quick, and we can’t imagine a 51-year-old Bilbo played by the same actor who brought him to life on his eleventy-first birthday.
But if not Ian, than who? How about “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” star Martin Freeman? Internet scuttlebutt has him front and center as a replacement candidate, and no one can argue that he doesn’t looks the part. So when we caught up with “The Office” alum while he was promoting his new film “The Good Night,” we asked him to address the hubbub.
“I’m not sure I should take it entirely as a compliment,” Freeman laughed when asked by MTV News if he was familiar with the online rumors. “Let me put it this way: People saying ‘You look like a f-cking goblin!'”
Ok, so he gets his goblins mixed up with his hobbits, but would he be up for it if Peter Jackson called?
“Peter Jackson has called,” Freeman revealed, although adding that it wasn’t about the “Hobbit.” “He has just this summer turned me down for a job [“The Lovely Bones”]. [But] I really enjoyed meeting with him.”
And if he gets offered the “Hobbit”?
“I’ll cross that troll’s bridge when I come to it!” he joked.
What would you think of Martin Freeman as Bilbo? If not him, then what actor would be your ideal pick? Sound off below.