The Unexpected Adventures of Martin Freeman

The Unexpected Adventures of Martin Freeman

Neil Daniels

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1784183377

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Delve into the career of Martin Freeman, whose rise to fame—through such roles as Dr. John Watson and Bilbo Baggins—has made him one of the greatest actors of his generation

Martin Freeman is one of Britain's best-loved actors. After being cast in bit parts and cameos—such as The Bill (his first onscreen role) and the beat-boxing Ricky C in Ali G Indahouse—he made his big break as Tim Canterbury in The Office. Freeman was later cast, among other roles, as the mundane character of Arthur Dent in the sci-fi movie adaption of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and, labeled an "everyday" bloke by journalists, began to run the risk of being stereotyped. However, in 2010 he completely turned his career around when he took on the role of Dr. John Watson in the incredibly successful Sherlock. His biggest role followed as he portrayed Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy and, in recent years, Freeman has shown a dark edge to his thespian skills by portraying Richard III in the West End and Lester Nygaard in the critically acclaimed US drama series Fargo. An intensely private man, Freeman is in a long-term relationship with the actress Amanda Abbington, whom he met on the set of the 2000 Channel 4 TV movie Men Only and who played his on-screen partner in Sherlock. The Unexpected Adventures of Martin Freeman explores the rise to fame of this unassuming actor, how he has successfully managed to avoid the pitfalls of stardom, and how he has become one of the greatest actors of his generation. It is a must-read for any fan.

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the weight of the world on his shoulders after he found success with The Office. Greg’s desperate need to be famous is not something Freeman desires but rather a symptom of the modern world, as evidenced on such TV shows as The X Factor. Even when Greg’s career went downhill, he was still hungry for fame. Interestingly, Freeman believes that happy people do not make great comedy, as he explained at the time to The Independent’s James Rampton in 2007: ‘Comedy can’t be about continuous success.

much high esteem his crew hold him in so, when he starts to feel negatively about himself, Pirate With Scarf boost up his boss’s confidence. None of the characters in the film have names as such – Pirate With Scarf, Curvaceous Pirate, Pirate With Gout and so on – and so they’re more like stock characters. It was a reasonable box-office success after its 28 March release but it was a critical hit and was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Time’s Richard Corliss

both Freeman and Cumberbatch proved difficult for the writers and even Moffat (the head writer of Doctor Who) and Gatiss were very busy themselves. ‘Yes, it is true he nearly turned down The Hobbit because he was already committed to the second series of Sherlock,’ said actor Amanda Abbington, his long-term partner of twelve years, in an article by Cheryl Stonehouse of the Daily Express. ‘Martin is never fazed by anything. He’s never star-struck. He’s a very talented man but he never forgets

Joan Collins and Chris Barrie. It was released in the US on 5 November 2013 and went to DVD in the UK and has since faded into the mists of time. Total Film’s Neil Smith wrote, “‘Once something is done, it cannot be undone!” declares Father Christmas in Saving Santa, an amateurish cartoon that’ll have you fervently hoping the opposite.’ The Observer’s Mark Kermode wrote, ‘That Martin Freeman and Tim Curry (both mighty in their own way) should lend their voices to this let-down is depressing

is no grandiose villain but a dapper, smooth-haired figure who only gradually reveals his psychopathic tendencies.’ Paul Taylor of The Independent enthused, ‘Freeman gives a highly intelligent, calculatedly understated performance, full of witty mocking touches in his rapid line-readings (he refers to ‘this princely… heap’ with a comically fastidious pause) and creating a rapport of shared superiority with the audience over his dupes.’ Ben Brantley of the New York Times wrote, ‘What he lacks is

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