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Here Be Dragons

The Hobbit’s Benedict Cumberbatch On The “Devilish” Smaug

He’s an exceptionally beautiful, vain, devilish and also, in a weird way, slightly innocent character. He’s fooled by an invisible midget, I mean, it’s quite frustrating. There’s something quite exceptional about the power he has over people and the imagination of that world that is unlocked in this story and I can’t wait to get involved with it.”Benedict Cumberbatch on his role of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

The actor mentioned he hasn’t started work on the two-part film yet as he’s been busy with a few other projects, namely a second season of the BBC’s Sherlock with fellow Hobbit star Martin Freeman. Cumberbatch will be filmed using motion capture for Smaug but he’ll only be doing voiceover work for his other role in the film, the Necromancer. He said he’ll probably do research on lizards and other reptiles to prepare for dragon-acting. 

Cumberbatch said all his Hobbit work will start happening in January. “I hope it does fans justice,” he said. ”Obviously, I did something right in the audition, so tell those fans not to get their daggers sharpened just yet.”

Cumberbatch can next be seen in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy coming out this December.

(via MTV)

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  • Julianne McCartney

    God I love this man’s voice…he should read more books on audible. 

  • Jasmine Zerbe-Moore

    I wish he was doing Smaug’s voice…he’s pretty much perfect

  • Angela Fortin

    Oh, because I totally needed more reasons to see these movies…

  • Anonymous

    He is, sorry if that was worded funny. I mean he was doing everything for smaug but only voice for the necromancer.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Motion capture? For a winged squamate with a snout? That’s a bit much. I mean, a humanoid like Kong or Gollum is one thing, but this just seems like it wouldn’t be worth the amount of adjustments they’d have to do with key-framing. But hey, WETA is the prime innovator of this technology, so I guess I’ll trust their judgment.

    Also, sorry, but “daggers,” not “daggars.” 

  • Frodo Baggins

    And another thing! This Cumberbatch fellow talks about being fooled by an invisible, ahem, midget, like that’s not a threat to be taken seriously.

    You watch it, Holmes. Elven blades work just as well when swung at waste-height.

  • Rin Newell

    Well, Ben’s looking at it from the point of view of the dragon, not Bilbo. The dragon thinks it’s a threat not to be taken seriously. I mean, imagine if you were a dragon who had conquered a mountain and a town. Would you think an obviously small, invisible person could trick you in your lair? Of course not. You’d think yourself far too clever for that. So, when one did, it would be ridiculously frustrating!  More than that, think about the dragon’s inherent arrogance and vanity. If I were that dragon, I would look at the rest of the world quite derogatorily, name-calling included.