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First Official Pic of Bilbo in 'The Hobbit' Released

June 23, 2011 (5:53 pm) GMT
In another photo, Martin Freeman also took a direction from Peter Jackson who is trying his best to meet the December 2012 schedule without sacrificing the quality.

Director Peter Jackson is kind enough to reveal the first official look of as Bilbo Baggins in "". Also released via Entertainment Weekly are an official photo of as Gandalf and a sneak peek of work-in-progress centering on Jackson and Freeman.

''He fits the ears and he's got some very nice feet,'' Jackson told EW about Freeman's portrayal of Bilbo. ''I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.''

Speaking of McKellen who is surrounded by actors different from "Lord of the Rings" series, Jackson said, ''He's in fantastic form. In a way, his role in 'The Hobbit' has more technical difficulties than 'Lord of the Rings' did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters - obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter. ...I remember saying to him [laughs], 'Look, this isn't 'Waiting for Godot' or 'King Lear'. This is 'The Hobbit'. This is the real thing."

The first of the "Hobbit" movie would hit theaters in December 2012. Jackson is crafting the movie in a way that it would fit the schedule. ''There's no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,'' the director said. ''When we were going through the schedule for 'The Hobbit,' I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we'd be shooting for 254 days. We're only 12 days short of 'The Lord of the Rings,' even though we're only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on."

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