The Hobbit: Benedict Cumberbatch and Smaug. The Lord of the Rings fans do not always come back. The many obstacles that have accumulated ended when the filming of The Hobbit was finally able to start. And – best of all – it’s the maestro Peter Jackson, back behind the camera, we propose a return to Middle-earth. While the director post on his Facebook page photos and videos, the question on everyone’s lips is, of course, what will the dragon Smaug.
For those who have not read the book by JRR Tolkien, Smaug is the villain in the history of the film tells the story of Bilbo. And that’s the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (that fans will recognize as Sherlock plays the title role alongside Martin Freeman who plays young Biblo in the movie!) That Smaug will play (and he also lend his voice ). On the occasion of promoting his latest film The Mole (output on our screens in early February 2012, with some Gary Oldman), Collider spoke with the actor about his involvement in The Hobbit:
Ask: So do you feel about being the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit?
Benedict Cumberbatch: I embody Smaug, what I mean is that I interpret as physically. I will not do that dubbing, it will be a physical role, something I know. This is what I did earlier this year for the play Frankenstein with Danny Boyle at the National Theater, playing the creature was very intense and required a lot of experience in body language. I can not wait to be there, but the conversations around my character has not yet started because they did the first movie (note: The Hobbit will be in two parts). But for my part, I shot the second season of Sherlock and another series that I am currently working (for BBC and HBO) titled Parade’s End with Tom Stoppard and Rebecca Hall, so it’s really a world apart, but within a month I think our conversations are real. I have already started training, perform various exercises on movements in order to be comfortable with this combination so special, more commonly known as a motion-capture. But I’m really looking forward to it. I have to shoot in January.
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