Yesterday I attended a movie screening of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". I prefer the original tv series where the story, because of length, was explored more leisurely. I also love the audio version which I still listen to on long car journeys. Having Martin Freeman (Bilbo, "The Hobbit"), however, in the film version was great casting. I don't think anyone else could have done filmdom's Arthur Dent better
We were not allowed to talk to Freeman about "The Hobbit" or take photos of him during the Q & A session, sorry. I did have a chance as he walked in the door, but by the time I dithered, he had taken a seat two rows in front of me. During the Q & A session, surprise was expressed to Freeman that he would want to sit through the movie yet again but he admitted, with a grin, that he never passed up a chance to watch himself on tv or movies whenever he could. He told us he hadn't seen "Hitchhiker" in a few years and before that occasion, not since the London premiere.
Freeman told the audience that the only job he had ever had was acting, He went into the theatre straight from drama school, and was seriously thrown by lots of stagey directions, eg."banana the table" and "favour the wall".
There is a scene in "Hitchhiker" where he and others are running toward the "Heart of Gold" spaceship, and this was all before the days of CGI. Pyrotechics were being used and, for some reason, the cast were being shot at with hard pellets . Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) got shot in the back and yelled out to stop filming. It was so highly dangerous.
Freeman said he so admired the scenery in the south Island, and he loved Stone Street Studios.
He told how he loved working with Ricky Gervais, and that filming with the guy was hilarious. Gervais had the cast in fits of laughter so much it was surprising they put out as much work as they had.
One (silly?) audience member asked Freeman who would he go for if he was gay. Answer (tongue in cheek) : Bill Nighy!
He was also asked how a young person could make it in the business. "You must love it Love it!", Freeman shouted He said a person must seriously want to act, and not just want to be famous.