Martin Freeman is the actor who played Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.
He recently gave an interview about what it was like to work on the movie and while talking about hobbit body hair, he got into his diet for the role.
Interviewer: I suppose you had to add fake hair to your hands and feet to play a hobbit?
Martin Freeman: Yep—though not the hands. Hobbits have very soft palms, apparently, and no facial hair. I was told in no uncertain terms: No facial hair on hobbits. All their body hair, I think, goes on their legs and feet.
And they're supposed to be rather soft in the lower middle, right?
You mean the hair…?
Like, did you get to let yourself go a little bit?
Oh! I genuinely thought you meant "Did you let your hair go a bit around the lower middle?"
No, I meant weight, not pubes!
The worrying thing is, I was about to answer it! Yeah, you do kind of let yourself go a bit. The hobbits are described as a bit tubby, but they're not all tubby. They certainly like their food, and I'm not exactly a beanpole in The Hobbit.
What about the other hobbit actors?
We were all quite sensible. Film sets these days are more like what old mothers' meetings would've been twenty years ago, you know? It's sort of men laying off the carbs and discussing wheat allergies, stuff like that. Not exactly Richard Harris and Richard Burton anymore.
Ha! We guess times are changing!
That's not a bad thing either.
It's so good that men are really starting to care about their health and what they eat.
You are what you eat so don't become a pile of fast food!
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