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The Hobbit (2012): Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Smaug and the Necromancer (Video)

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created 03/01/2012 - 11:07am, updated 03/01/2012 - 11:12am

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Benedict Cumberbatch, currently filming as the villain in the new Star Trek, is also lending his talents to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

Cumberbatch is actually the voice of two characters in the movie, the dragon Smaug and the character of the Necromancer. Fellow Sherlock star, Martin Freeman, plays Bilbo Baggins as well.

MTV spoke with Cumberbatch at an Oscar-viewing party where he offered a few details on playing the characters.

"I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun."

"It's a sort of wonderful ongoing process. I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements. So, it was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game. It's going to be an amazing film; it's going to be a real treat. I watched 'The Lord of the Rings' again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that."

And regarding his friend, Martin Freeman, Cumberbatch has only good things to say.

"For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He's going to be amazing, he's going to be fantastic in this film."

Here's the video:

 
 

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