29 December 2012 7:34 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Martin Freeman has spoken of the challenges of his lead role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's opening film in a new Tolkien-inspired trilogy.

Freeman says the role was physically demanding from the beginning, not least because he had to cope with the cumbersome Hobbit feet, which were like wearing big, furry flippers.

"I won't miss them," he said. "I'd have to shave my legs, talcum powder them, then they'd put an inner sole on and put this latex leg and foot over it. It was a two-person job and took about a week to get used to."

Given that the three movies were shot back-to-back over an epic 18 months, Freeman felt it was important to remain as fit as possible.

"Obviously Bilbo's not a superhero so I wasn't bench-pressing 200 pounds every hour, but you do as an actor have to be healthy and ready," he says. »

- David Bentley

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