When a book-to-film adaptation has been gestating as long as J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," there is bound to be some fanfare surrounding its long-awaited arrival in theaters. And to say that fans of trusted Tolkien interpreter Peter Jackson are excited to see "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is an understatement — with or without the hullabaloo surrounding the controversial high-frame-rate technology.
But let's set aside fan anticipation and overanalysis of what will be directly adapted from Tolkien's novels into Jackson's three "Hobbit" movies for a moment to think about what the film's celebrated stars are most excited about. What are Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Gollum (Andy Serkis) most looking forward to seeing translated from Tolkien's source material into future installments of the live-action trilogy?
"There are some really good [scenes] in the first one," Freeman told MTV News of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." "I find it rather thrilling, but I'm looking forward to the other biggies, the battle being one, Smaug of course. Smaug is going to be great."
In bringing up the fearsome yet fan-loved villain, who is being brought to life via motion capture by Freeman's "Sherlock" co-star and real-life friend Benedict Cumberbatch, Freeman backtracked a bit in not wanting people to get too excited to see Smaug as a sort of centerpiece in the second film.
"Don't give Benedict any more f---ing credit," Freeman joked. "Somehow, 'The Hobbit' still ends up being about some f---ing jerk."
Andy Serkis didn't mention anything about Smaug or Cumberbatch, which Freeman likely appreciated, but he did agree that we'll all enjoy the big battle sequences.
"Obviously the Battle of the Five Armies is going to be [great]," Serkis said, adding that they have yet to film that particular sequence. "We just started getting into it because of the change making it into three movies. We had to sort of hang on to [film] that. That is going to be extraordinary, don't you think? There are the barrels, there's a ton of stuff."
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