WATCH: Martin Freeman Beatboxing with Sacha Baron Cohen

Martin Freeman as John Watson in Sherlock

Way back in 2001, when The Office was just taking off as a global concern and acting work was starting to flow towards the singularly talented Martin Freeman, he took a role in Sasha Baron Cohen’s first movie, based on his gangsta wannabe character Ali G.

Ali G: Indahouse was a scripted affair, a farce closer in spirit to Sasha’s recent movie The Dictator than either of his staged-reality affairs: Borat or Bruno. And as he was playing a suburban white boy with delusions of ghetto cool, his choice for the character of Ricky C, Ali’s best mate, was Martin (who is in reality a soul-boy from the military town of Aldershot).

Which is all the explanation you are going to get for this scene, in which the future John Watson, Arthur Dent (movie version) and Bilbo Baggins demonstrates some not-altogether-shabby beatboxing:

Sadly, it was not for this performance that Martin won his Best Supporting Actor award at last year’s TV Baftas. That was for Sherlock:

And yes, ISN’T he lovely?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
View all posts by Fraser McAlpine.