EXCLUSIVE: Freeman said his own children Joseph, 15, and Grace, 12, realized some stories and jokes were based on their own family life experiences – and now demand payment
Martin Freeman has revealed that his children are demanding payment from the hit series Breeders for inspiring his storylines.
Freeman plays Paul on the sitcom, a chaotic father with anger issues who is raising his two young children with his partner Ally.
But he said his own children, Joseph, 15, and Grace, 12, realized that some stories and jokes were based on their own family life experiences.
He said: “They love it because they know they inspired it – they’re now trying to hit me for royalties.
“It got more serious every time they talked about it, especially Joseph, who thought ‘this show wouldn’t exist without us’.”
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Freeman, 49, who played the title role in The Hobbit film trilogy, split from the mother of his children, actress Amanda Abbington, 47, five years ago.
Breeders, now in his second round on Sky and the US FX network, has gained a cult following because of his honest outlook on life.
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Freeman said, “I’m not trying to hide anything because it’s the closest thing to me I’ve ever done.
“All the vulnerabilities and the fears and all the joys.”