Benedict Cumberbatch talks playing Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit

Exclusive: The Sherlock star on motion capture and his movie appearance

In the latest issue of Total Film magazine, we enter the dragon’s lair to talk to the phenomenally talented (and ever-so-slightly popular) Benedict Cumberbatch.

You can read the feature in the mag, or in our incredible interactive iPad edition (which is only £1.99, folks), but we’ve got a cheeky excerpt below.

We met up with the exceedingly polite British actor to talk about his astonishing career rise, Star Trek 2, sex symbol status and more.

On playing The Hobbit’s deadly dragon, Smaug, via the techno-magic of motion capture, Cumberbatch told us: “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.”

“You just have to lose your shit 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.”

When asked if we’d actually get to see Cumberbatch's handiwork in Part 1 (AKA An Unexpected Journey), he said: “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.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on 14 December 2014.

For more from Benedict Cumberbatch, pick up the new issue of Total Film. And don't forget, our interactive iPad edition is available for just £1.99!

Are you excited to see Cumberbatch mo-capping the dragon? Tell us, below...


    • aikaseltzer

      Sep 30th 2012, 10:13

      It's shallow but Cumberbatch saying "encumbered" in a sentence is amusing me big time.

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    • FBNJonason

      Sep 30th 2012, 14:33

      Spoiler alert, guys!! Now I have 2 months to try and forget the eye in the ending thing!

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    • Hadouken76

      Sep 30th 2012, 15:40

      If they ever remake The Day of the Jackal. This is the guy.

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 1st 2012, 10:51

      Run Shadowfax show us the meaning of haste.

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    • apo1978

      Oct 1st 2012, 12:50

      Wonderful. Share a rude comment with you - shove your website up your a$$...

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