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7. Martin Freeman Is A Reluctant Road Tripper

Martin Freeman
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The less charitable commenters on Martin Freeman's post-The Office career might suggest that he's a fairly limited talent whose wheelhouse involves looking at the camera in despair and generally being a bit of a loveable loser. That mentality is a little unfair, but it's not unreasonable to say that he does tend to play likeable figures. You're unlikely to see him play a straight villain, for instance.

But stick around with his films long enough and you might get to see him taken on some sort of road trip initially against his full free will. He is, after all, the archetypal reluctant traveller in a company of others.

He played that part first in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, then followed it up similarly as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit and finished this strange trilogy of linked movies with Edgar Wright's The World's End. In all case, he's basically coerced into joining a group of other characters against his better judgement, even though it's pretty clear he has no other choice.

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