Benedict Cumberbatch: Voice of Smaug was 'impossible'
- Bang Showbiz
- 11 December 2013
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'.