Benedict Cumberbatch: Voice of Smaug was 'impossible'

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Benedict Cumberbatch says being the voice of Smaug in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' was "impossible" since he's a mammal trying to be a reptile.

Benedict Cumberbatch says being the voice of Smaug in second instalment of 'The Hobbit' was "impossible".

The 37-year-old actor has been cast as the sinister dragon in 'The Hobbit:The Desolation Of Smaug', which is Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic.

Cumberbatch found the role challenging since he had to capture the essence of a character which he cannot relate to.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper: "I was trying to articulate certain things which are impossible, because I'm a mammal trying to be a reptile."

Cumberbatch physically portrays the dragon, which has been re-worked using CGI technology, and claims the Smaug represents "corruption of power".

He explained: "Smaug is the ultimate symbol of the corruption of power. He's a sleepy serpent on top of his pile of gold. It brings him nothing but a damp, dank retirement, no joy or humour. He's vainglorious and proud of his own power and wealth, but it has essentially ruined him."

Cumberbatch reunites with former co-star Martin Freeman who plays male lead Bilbo Baggins in the project. The pair previously worked together on BBC One series 'Sherlock'.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US/New Zealand
  • 161 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • UK release: 13 December 2013

Jackson continues his epic Tolkien hexalogy with the second of his films based on The Hobbit.

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