Actors Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis were called 'Tolkien white guys' on 'Black Panther' sets

Both Freeman and Serkis have appeared in the Hobbit series, which were based on celebrated author J R R Tolkien's novel of the same name.

Published: 16th April 2018 12:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2018 02:18 PM   |  A+A-

(L-R) Actors Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis in Black Panther.

By PTI

LONDON: Actor Martin Freeman has revealed that he and Andy Serkis were known as the "Tolkien white guys" on the sets of "Black Panther".

Both Freeman and Serkis have appeared in the Hobbit series, which were based on celebrated author J R R Tolkien's novel of the same name.

Freeman played Bilbo Baggins in the series, while Serkis reprised his "Lord of the Rings" role of Gollum.

"Because we had performed in 'The Hobbit' together, we were known as the 'Tolkien white guys'," he said in an appearance on "The Graham Norton show".

In the Ryan Coogler-directed film, Freeman played CIA agent Everett K Ross and Serkis played black-market arms smuggler, Ulysses Klaue.

The 46-year-old actor also recalled the experience of watching "Black Panther" with a live crowd.

"It's been amazing. It's done amazingly well and we're all very proud of it. It feels like a moment.

It's lovely to be part of that," he said.

"(The premieres) were like football matches. They were properly vocal. Pretty much every fifth line was getting a big woof. People were hungry for it. People wanted it, like it was a bit more than a film," he added.

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