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Freeman prayed on Hobbit set during stunt scenes

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Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman would say a quick prayer before beginning to film dangerous scenes in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The 42-year-old Sherlock star named a scene which sees him tumbling down a river in a barrel as the scariest to film as he could easily have been injured.

Freeman, who plays hobbit Bilbo Baggins, told the Belfast Telegraph, "That's the week that I prayed. Every day before going on set, I would say a quick prayer. There was an element of danger with the barrels even though you are well looked after."

Despite some unglamorous scenes he is involved in, he found the whole experience highly enjoyable, "It was more fun that it looks. It was highly enjoyable. The doing of all those things is fun.

"I remember that day when we filmed coming up from the toilet – not very glamorous and a bit yucky, but it's all fun. Being covered in fish is disgusting again and kind of fun. Spiders were very fun. There's more action and stuff gonig on. Some of it we shot so long ago that you forget you did it or you think somebody else did it."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out in cinemas tomorrow, December 13.

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