Andy has beaten me to the punch on this little exclusive: I found out at work today that my co-worker/employer’s brother, Martin Freeman (of The Office fame) has been cast as Arthur Dent in the upcoming film of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
It’s funny: I was thinking about Arthur Dent just the other day. Terry Gilliam’s wonderful Time Bandits was on television and it struck me that the kid in that film is basically a miniature version of Arthur Dent. They’re both pulled out of their usual, humdrum existence and taken on fantastic adventures through time/space whilst wearing a dressing gown.
It’s probably just coincidence but, as any anally retentive geek worth his salt will tell you, Douglas Adams and Monty Python have collaborated in the past so maybe there was a bit of cross-fertilization going on.
It’s all part of the interconnectedness of all things.