Not many people say no to Peter Jackson, but it has emerged that The Office star Martin Freeman originally turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins in upcoming movie The Hobbit, due to previous commitments to BBC series Sherlock.
Luckily for the star, director Peter Jackson decided that Freeman was so perfect for the adventurous hobbit that he would reschedule filming to allow the actor to do both.
“I had to turn it down because of being contractually obliged to do the second series of Sherlock for the BBC, which we are doing in the middle of this year,” said Freeman.
He continued: “When I found out I couldn’t do both it was very sad. And then it was very flattering when Peter Jackson rearranged the filming around my availability.”
Freeman is starring alongside Christopher Lee, Sir Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett.
The Hobbit will be divided into two parts. Part 1 is expected to open in cinemas in 2012, with Part 2 opening in 2013.