I love the kind of crushes that sneak up on you out of nowhere. Like, you know someone for a while and then one day you notice all the lovely things that a person does or how much their jokes make you laugh or how when they aren’t standing next to Benedict Cumberbatch in a long Belstaff coat you see how magnetic and stylish they are in their own right. And then you’re like, “Oh, right. Hello. I really like you a lot and I’ve liked you all this time.”
What I’m trying to say is that Martin Freeman is one of those crushes that just sneaks up on you out of nowhere.
I think my appreciation for Martin Freeman began when I realized all the amazing things I had seen him in.
The first time I became acquainted with Mr. Freeman’s work was in The Office and to this day, the one joke that I remember the most and that brings me the most joy from that series, is Martin Freeman’s character Tim’s birthday present. I’ve spent hours (okay, probably just 46 minutes) of my life obsessing over how I could make myself a real Hat FM. It’s a really stupid gag, but Freeman’s performance just elevates it to something that is both absurd and grounded. It saddens and absolutely delights me. Also, his disappointed and frustrated face is adorable.
Martin Freeman’s adorable face shows up all over the British comedy map. It’s always like this Easter egg of delight to see him show up in stuff like Black Books (OH GOD HAVE I EXPLAINED TO YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE BLACK BOOKS? I LOVE IT SO MUCH I HAVE AN ALL CAPS SITUATION WITH THE SHOW.), Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and uh, a tiny little film called Love Actually.
Do you remember him in Love Actually? He’s adorable! The face he makes when Judy agrees to go out with drinks with him? Adorable. The face he makes when he tries to kiss Judy on the stairs but is too nervous to? Adorable. The face he makes and the wild, whooping leap of joy he takes, after Judy kisses him and says, “All I want for Christmas is you,”? ADORABLE.
And then you remember that he also romanced Zooey Deschanel in The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy. Adorable. And then you remember that it was his belief in Sherlock’s humanity that sort of transformed Sherlock and made Sherlock the show work at all. Not just adorable…adorable and amazing. And then you watch the trailer for The Hobbit for the umpteenth time and notice that he is nailing Bilbo Baggins. He’s adorable, amazing and badass, as well as funny, a bit crotchety and full of wit and charm.
Martin Freeman is basically this brilliant and wonderful and witty guy who also happens to be absolutely adorable. He exudes this aura that makes you want to hang out with him. He’s not overly pretentious, but he still has this cool confidence and poise. If you watched TheOneRing.net’s live coverage of the London premiere of The Hobbit, as I did for I have no life except looking up nerdy things on the internet and then spending all of my time off the internet thinking about those nerdy things, you would have noticed that of all the cast members who met Prince William, Martin Freeman was the only one who made it look like he was just talking to one of his friends in a pub….which is so cool and badass. How can you not love a dude who makes chatting to Prince William look like it’s NBD?
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Addendum: If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I was hemming and hawing about whether this week’s crush would be the great Martin Freeman or the equally great Idris Elba. A lot of people wanted dear Mr. Elba, but I fear I may not have the artistic might to give him the credit he deserves. Also, I’m only three episodes into Luther and I’ve never seen The Wire. I know, I know, but I really need to watch Sherlock a 47th time before I start on any new series. But fear not, his week will come and with it will be a paragraph wherein I’ll rhapsodize on my love of Tanqueray.