Peter Jackson talks Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins fronts issue 201 of Total Film magazine , which is out now (and it’s available for only £1.99 on your iPad , or save 50% on the cover price by subscribing to the magazine with our winter 2012 offer )!

Inside, we jet off to New Zealand for an exclusive set visit to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey , the epic Middle-earth-set prequel to The Lord Of The Rings .

You can read the full feature inside the issue, but here’s a taster of what Jackson had to tell us about his reluctant hero, Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman).

““He really wants to be left alone, to put his feet up in front of a fire,” Jackson explained. “And then suddenly he’s dragged off on an adventure. So there’s a lot of comedic opportunities.

“But you want to feel the truth of those moments. You don’t want them to be played just for laughs. When he’s holding the sword and faced with a troll, you want the sense of danger, and Martin’s brilliant at juggling the tone, that ability to have one foot in the dramatic world and one in the comedic world.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in the UK on 13 December 2012.

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