In a recent chinwag with the UK Press Association Martin Freeman shed some light on his portrayal of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit.’ The actor revealed that Jackson had to alter the shooting schedule so he could join the much-delayed production due to his commitment to the second series of Sherlock:

“I had to turn it down because of being contractually obliged to do the second series of Sherlock for the BBC, which we are doing in the middle of this year. I turned it down with a very heavy heart because things like this don’t come your way very often. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as far as scale is concerned. It’s a huge, huge deal. But I was contracted to do Sherlock. I wanted to do both. When I found out I couldn’t do both, it was very sad. And then it was very flattering when Peter Jackson rearranged the filming around my availability.”

Freeman also revealed some of the difficulties he will  face leaving his home for the part: “It’s very daunting – the daunting part is leaving home… I’m a real homebody, even before we had children, I was a homebody, so with children it’s like aww…I’m very excited though.”

Peter Jackson, director of all three Lord of the Rings films, will be helming the two movies back-to-back for a 2012 and 2013 release….I can’t wait!