The Many Faces of Martin Freeman

by Miranda Brumbaugh in ,


Have you ever watched a movie and a certain actor or actress was in it, and then the next show or movie you watched had the same person, and so on? Well, I have, and it's hilarious. Right now I am on a Martin Freeman kick. 

Oh you don't say, you are clueless to whom I'm talking about? Well if you are a bibliophile with fantasy or sci-fi tendencies, you will be on track when I tell you that Martin Freeman is...

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Hamish Holmes in "Sherlock"

Martin Freeman as Dr. John Hamish Holmes in "Sherlock"

I started watching this series on Hulu, again an unexpected surprise of a show, and while Benedict Cumberbatch is spectacular...Wait, can we just talk about that name for a second? Benedict Cumberbatch? I mean, really? Yes, according to Wiki that is his real name, Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. Speaking of strange surnames, BC's half sister's surname is Peacock. Seriously. As it turns out the Cumberbatch name is quite regal, having direct relations to the Plantagenet dynasty that all you "The Tudors" fans will recall from that show. The sassy younger sister Cecily Neville was married to the devilishly handsome Henry VII's brother and Lord Protector Richard of York, and Benedict is akin to Cecily. Quite the bloodline for a Cumberbatch. 

Enough about Sherlock. Let's discuss his ever faithful sidekick Dr. Holmes aka Martin Freeman. Such a heartfelt relief for the stressing Sherlock, that Holmes. Whether or not you think the two are secretly madly in love with one another or not, the fact is Freeman holds his on on the show. Which I'm sad to say I've watched through to the last episode and hungrily await the next season's release. I did pick up 'The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" at Barnes and Noble, so I guess it's time to crack that spine.

At the same time as "Sherlock" came to a stopping point, I watched "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" as I am a huge Hobbit fan. Read the book a couple of times. Loved the movies, and I was thrilled to hear there would be three. Stretch that bad boy out as long as you can. Make it the Thanksgiving dinner of movies with enough turkey to last for days. I'm fine with it. So I started watching the movies again, having picked up the trilogy at Last Stop CD Shop in Sioux Falls, and wouldn't you know?

It's Martin Freeman again!! Ahahahaha I'm in heaven. I did not realize this was the same dude! How cool is that, he's Bilbo Baggins. Simply remarkable. But it doesn't end there.

When the Bear is home he likes to watch true life detective shows where they find the bodies, run forensics, and hunt down the killer. I prefer fantasy, aka "The Hobbit" and "Harry Potter," and science fiction, "Dr. Who" for starters. You'd think he'd watch "Sherlock" with me, but if it isn't real, he isn't in to it.

Ha! So we started watching the "Fargo" TV series because during the opening credits it says:

This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

OK so if you haven't watched "Fargo" on television I won't ruin it for you, but let's just say Billy Bob Thornton does some whacked out shiznit. He goes off the chain, doing things that would have made more than just the front page of the national news. So why hadn't we ever heard of any of these crimes, so gruesome the murders? 

After we'd watched through the first season, and were halfway through the last episode, I went all Googly. Turns out, it's not real, not by a long shot. Ha! At this point the Bear was caged in and couldn't turn away, but had the truth outed itself we would have missed the star performance of...you guessed it...Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard.

And then, there is this jewel. I found this little doozy when I was searching for Freeman's photos, and even though I saw "Ali G Indahouse" way back, I'd never had placed Bilbo and Lester and Dr. Holmes as Ricky C. Here ya go, a little rapfasticalness for your Tuesday:

And that is the many faces of Martin Freeman. His name isn't as extraordinary as Benedict Cumberbatch. He plays a razzle dazzle array of characters, each one as original as the next. 

Now have you read any of the Sherlock Holmes stories or "The Hobbit?" Are you a secret Martin Freeman fan just waiting to come out of hiding?