No one is going to dispute it Sherlock will always be remembered as the key role of Benedict Cumberbatch, with the huge success of the global phenomenon catapulting him into the limelight and propelling him straight to Hollywood stardom.
Martin Freeman also did pretty well, but the BBC’s Holmes and Watson teamed up on a mega-budget that same year the second season of the hit crime thriller came out, albeit under very different circumstances and in the same year. ‘opposite. ends of the character spectrum in Peter Jackson The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Ironically, Freeman initially turned down the role of Bilbo Baggins due to scheduling conflicts with Sherlock, before he and Cumberbatch both end up together anyway. While the former may have played the lead role and anchored the whole narrative, the latter didn’t even appear on set having dressed in a motion capture leotard to lend his movements and voice to the both to Smaug the dragon and to the necromancer.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey possibly made over a billion dollars at the box office, which was to be expected with Jackson’s return to Middle-earth after his classic the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the slow pace and unconvincing visual effects have been heavily criticized. Freeman was warmly praised for his central performance, while Benoît CumerbatchThe minimum screen time has been significantly increased over the course of follow-ups The desolation of Smaug and The battle of the five armies.
Almost a decade later and with an Amazon TV show and Warner Bros. animated film. in preparation for, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has landed in the limelight as one of the ten most watched titles on Netflix.