Peter Jackson Casts Martin Freeman As Bilbo Baggins, Gives Him A Total Bompliment

Videogum tends to eschew behind-the-scenes movie casting news because in an absurd, God-less world bent on its own destruction, it seems kind of silly to spend too much time thinking/talking about a movie that’s not coming out for two years. Some of us have rent to pay, and a torn pair of pants that we’ve been avoiding carrying two blocks to the tailor for months, so excuse us if our heads aren’t falling off that Joss Whedon had a meeting in a board room in Hollywood that appears to have been “promising.” And yet, I’m definitely pretty excited (no dorko) that Peter Jackson has officially signed on to make two The Hobbit movies, and I’m pretty excited (no dweebo) that Martin Freeman (Tim from The Office UK, no duhhh) has been cast as Bilbo Baggins. (Although I’d be even more excited if Martin Freeman was cast as Tim from The Office UK. But still in The Hobbit. I’m not sure how it would work, but that wouldn’t be my problem. That would be Peter Jackson’s problem.) Anyway, cool news, ain’t it? (Barf.) The Lord of the Rings movies were so good (no nerdo), so the prospect of more of them is appealing.

But in the announcement confirming Martin Freeman’s casting, Peter Jackson gives him a TOTAL bompliment*! Look at this:

“Despite the various rumours and speculation surrounding this role, there has only ever been one Bilbo Baggins for us,” says Peter Jackson. “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor who you know was born to play a role, but that was the case as soon as I met Martin. He is intelligent, funny, surprising and brave – exactly like Bilbo and I feel incredibly proud to be able to announce that he is our Hobbit.”

Yes, this is a major motion picture that is going to be seen by millions of people. Yes, this is a great development in the career of Martin Freeman. Yes, he’s going to make a lot of money. Yes, Bilbo Baggins is a beloved character. But, I don’t know, saying that someone was “BORN TO PLAY” a two-foot-tall jewelry fanatic who lives in a hole in the ground seems a little backhanded. “There are a few times in your career when you come across an actor of such diminutive stature, who has such pointy ears and such glittering, mischievous eyes, with naturally hairy knuckles and toes, that you just want to dress him up in silk shirts and leather vests, stick a pipe in his mouth, and have him speak in musical riddles.” Basically. Relax, skinny Peter Jackson. We all still remember how fat you were.

Also, whatever. Martin Freeman’s about to get so much pussy, you guys! (Quote via TheDailyWhat.)

*Bompliment (n): back-handed compliment.