Martin Freeman has said that he thinks it would be weird to have worldwide fame.

The 41-year-old actor is currently playing the part of Bilbo Baggins in the highly-anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Speaking to ShortList magazine, Freeman said: "I'll get more attention but that's going to be most noticeable when I'm abroad. It's already big here and I've been getting that in the UK for 10 years. But I haven't been getting that in Italy for 10 years and that is where the difference will be.

"I don't think there's going to be anywhere in the world where people won't have seen The Hobbit, which is great because God knows I've made enough films where 200 people have seen them. But I know that when it comes out it's going to be another part of my privacy compromised.''

Freeman also explained that he is unsure whether he wants to be a big Hollywood star, although he admitted that he won't refuse other roles if he gets offered them.

He added: ''I don't know if I wish for it or not. It's not like I want to spend the rest of my life poor, starving in a one-bedroom flat. It's like if someone asks, 'Would you like to be a Hollywood star?' I'd go, 'Well, yeah, I suppose so.''