Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the ‘Hobbit’ Movies

Think you know everything you need to know about the three Hobbit movies? Think again. Here are some little-known facts about this massive fantasy undertaking:

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins.
1. Sherlock Holmes and Bilbo Baggins

There is a strange connection between the Hobbit movies and Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown), Christopher Lee (Saruman) and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) have all played roles in various Sherlock Holmes movies and TV productions. Director Peter Jackson wanted Martin Freeman to play the role of Bilbo Baggins, but at the start of production of the first film, he was already committed to playing Dr. Watson on PBS' Sherlock. Jackson shifted the entire production schedule in order to have Freeman play the role.