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Benedict Cumberbatch On Smaug, including interesting bits about his audition, from The Huffington Post.

Oleander Took
Rivendell


May 14 2013, 12:25am


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. From a Star Trek interview.

"Just like I didn't expect you to be in a "Star Trek" movie, for "The Hobbit," you are not the first person I think of when I hear "dragon voice."
You're not the only one. I didn't think I'd be a go-to dragon. Basically, I auditioned for it. And I really wanted the part because I really wanted to do motion-capture. And my father read me the story when I was a child, and it was just a great, full circle, to be able to pay back the compliment. The imagination he fired up at such a young age of having this fantastic, rich, vivid story illuminated by an actor -- which he is -- and so beautifully characterized as he did with bedtime reads as a kid, it's something that really made me want to be a part of it. I was never really into "The Lord of the Rings," but "The Hobbit" was really a defining moment for me as a kid growing up. So, I was over the moon when Peter [Jackson] thought -- surprisingly, to the world -- that I would be right for his dragon.


I didn't realize that you auditioned.
I went in and auditioned for it and met him in person. And he kept on making me read all of these other characters. I said, "Peter, I'm really flattered, but I would give all of your interest up in any of these other characters and sort of throw the bet all on the one I really want to play, which is the dragon." He's like, "Oh, no, no. It's in the bag, mate. You nailed that audition." I said, "Really?" He said, "He totally got what we want from you and that's very exciting, but you could possibly be three or four other parts." I was like, "What?" That was a secret I kept to myself for a while -- and I don't want to talk about that too much because, again, that's another franchise and I know they want to keep that all for when it kicks off this winter. But I will say this: Not only is he a delightful man, he's as delightful to work for as he is a person.
I've interviewed him a couple of times. He seems very nice.
He's lovely, isn't he? He's so modest. You think, this guy plodding around barefoot in shorts and a T-shirt is in charge of the most extraordinary film empire -- and he's kind of built his own studio around those projects."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com
.Two interviews where he speaks about Smaug on the same day? Things may be heating up!

"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something."

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Benedict Cumberbatch On Smaug, including interesting bits about his audition, from The Huffington Post. Oleander Took Send a private message to Oleander Took May 14 2013, 12:25am
    My take-away lesson from this is: Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua May 14 2013, 12:51am
        Yes! may the Circle Never be unbroken! Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil May 14 2013, 1:17am
    A class act, that Cumberbatch demnation Send a private message to demnation May 14 2013, 1:24am
    Cumberbatch "could possibly be 3 or 4 other parts..." Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel May 14 2013, 5:55am
        Presumably a bit like Jed? DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 14 2013, 6:08am
            Cumberbatch the extra! Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel May 14 2013, 6:14am
        Perhaps a role where you gonna recognize him? Lieutenant of Dol Guldur Send a private message to Lieutenant of Dol Guldur May 14 2013, 8:40am
    I think the necromancer will have a resemblance with Benedict Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) May 14 2013, 9:37am
        BC as Annatar. Arannir Send a private message to Arannir May 14 2013, 10:08am
            PJ told in an ancient interview (Del Toro´s period) Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) May 14 2013, 10:11am
        I can't remember... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB May 14 2013, 10:53am
            They only talked about the voice... Arannir Send a private message to Arannir May 14 2013, 11:01am
                have to find PJ´s interview were he says that Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) Send a private message to Mr. Arkenstone (isaac) May 14 2013, 11:07am
            Both, painjoiker Send a private message to painjoiker May 14 2013, 12:43pm
                Looked for the interview Oleander Took Send a private message to Oleander Took May 14 2013, 9:52pm
            Yes he is doing both. Here is the quote from the article on TORn. The Mitch King Send a private message to The Mitch King May 16 2013, 5:46pm
    I'm looking forward to hearing interviews with him Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela May 14 2013, 10:32am
    Cumberbatch is perfect for the role!!!! The Mitch King Send a private message to The Mitch King May 14 2013, 6:45pm

 
 
 

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