10 December 2012 9:12 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The process of making The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was far, far more complicated than you'd imagine for follow-ups to a massively successful film franchise. There was a lawsuit between Peter Jackson and New Line to be settled and financial restructuring at MGM, the general challenge of adapting a small children's book into two (and eventually three) films, and then director Guillermo del Toro's departure from the project after all those delays, spurring Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to replace him. But once Jackson was officially on the project, there was something else that he says kept him awake at night-- a problem around just one very, very crucial person. As Jackson told it at a press event for The Hobbit in New York last week, Martin Freeman was "the only person we ever wanted" for the role of Bilbo Baggins. But Freeman, famous for his work »

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