There is no denying that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the greatest up-and-coming actors. His magnificent performances in Sherlock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Parade’s End, to name a few, have quickly turned the slightly strange name into a common sight on the big screen. Some of his more glamorous roles for the coming year include his part as the villain in the new Star Trek and possibly the next Bond movie.
Keeping with the villain theme Cumberbatch will be appearing, as we should all know by now, as the great Smaug in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Recently Total Film had a chance to interview Benedict Cumberbatch about his experience with motion capture for his part.
You just have to lose your s–t on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at Weta work their magic… It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free.
Those who have read the book can only assume that Smaug will not appear in the first film as he only appears near the end of the book and it must be spread over the three films. If Cumberbatch is correct we will however get to see a glimpse of Smaug if not accompanied by his brilliant voice.
I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.
We will be left waiting until the film returns in December 2013. I know I’m not the only one who is anxious to see Martin Freeman, the beloved Biblbo, and Benedict Cumberbatch on screen together again but Cumberbatch has mentioned that he and Freeman didn’t actually get much of a chance to work together due to his work being largely CGI. We will eagerly await the film to see the combined efforts of the brilliant Hobbit team.