Martin Freeman talks worldwide fame
Martin Freeman thinks it will be strange to have worldwide fame.
The British actor is currently famous in his native UK thanks to his roles of playing Tim in TV comedy ‘The Office’ and Watson in ‘Sherlock’ but he knows he’s going to get recognised a lot more because he’s playing Bilbo Baggins in highly-anticipated ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’.
He said: “I’ll get more attention but that’s going to be most noticeable when I’m abroad. It’s already big here and I’ve been getting that in the UK for 10 years. But I haven’t been getting that in Italy for 10 years and that is where the difference will be. I don’t think there’s going to be anywhere in the world where people won’t have seen ‘The Hobbit’, which is great because God knows I’ve made enough films where 200 people have seen them. But I know that when it comes out it’s going to be another part of my privacy compromised.”
Martin also says he’s unsure whether he wants to be a big Hollywood star, although won’t turn down future roles if he gets offered them.
He told ShortList magazine: “I don’t know if I wish for it or not. It’s not like I want to spend the rest of my life poor, starving in a one-bedroom flat. It’s like if someone asks, ‘Would you like to be a Hollywood star?’ I’d go, ‘Well, yeah, I suppose so.”
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