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Hoping they use Benedict's face to inform Smaug's facial expressions as much as possible

thomasofrohan
Lorien

Sep 11 2013, 3:00am

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Hoping they use Benedict's face to inform Smaug's facial expressions as much as possible Can't Post

I viewed Star Trek into Darkness yesterday, and he can certainly stretch his face out! Smaug does have a large face, though, so it's probably not going to be a Serkis-esque mo-cap performance where even the subtlest facial movement is perfectly recorded.

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Oin's parasite
Rivendell


Sep 11 2013, 3:11am

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This man... [In reply to] Can't Post

This man is to become an acting legend of our time...just you wait.

"I've got parasites as big as my arm!"


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Sep 11 2013, 3:10pm

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Perhaps you should change your SN then? [In reply to] Can't Post

Benedict's Parasite, I'm sure, make a LOT more than Oin. Just a thought...Wink


elaen32
Gondor


Sep 11 2013, 4:33pm

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Yes... [In reply to] Can't Post

there is definitely a certain reptilian quality in these shots anyway. I too hope that they are using BC's facial expressions for Smaug- should be awesome!


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Erewen
The Shire

Sep 11 2013, 6:42pm

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I think they will [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember when I first saw the DOS trailer that I saw a vague similarity between BC and Smaug's faces I don't imagine they would have done that for no reason.


Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Sep 12 2013, 12:41am

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I'm hoping they do too [In reply to] Can't Post

Benedict is a great actor, and can do such expressions. I thought he did well as the villain in Star Trek. His performance as Smaug and the Necromancer are what I'm looking forward to most (besides the theme song.)


Ziggy Stardust
Gondor


Sep 12 2013, 12:43am

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I just viewed those screencaps [In reply to] Can't Post

Seeing his expressions in slow-mo, he looks really scary.


Thranderz
Rohan


Sep 12 2013, 2:56pm

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BC [In reply to] Can't Post

He really isn't that great of an actor, he does have the perfect voice though if Star Trek is anything to go by.

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Old Toby
Gondor


Sep 12 2013, 10:40pm

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I wholeheartedly agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I became a fan of his when I watched his Sherlock. Then I saw him in Hawking. Then his brilliant and riveting performance as the Creature in Frankenstein, for which he won the Olivier Award. I think we haven't had an actor this talented in a long time, and am so looking forward to his Smaug. It's funny that Hollywood thinks they've just discovered him, and that he's a new-comer, given how long he's been acting. If he gets to play with Gary Oldman in the film-whose-name-I've-forgotten, it will be spectacular. (Although he did do that with Tinker Tailor..but there's another one on the horizon I believe.) Me...I'm looking forward to season three of Sherlock!

"Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good." Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher)


Nira
Lorien


Sep 13 2013, 12:41am

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I can see a resemblance [In reply to] Can't Post

In the last scene of the trailer Smaug's face and minor expressions resemble BC's. I can see it, but I don't know if it's intentional or just my imagination. Smile

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise


Nira
Lorien


Sep 13 2013, 12:43am

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I predict the same [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree that BC is a rising star. I think his acting is quite good and, for the most part, I enjoy the productions he has been in.

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise


cats16
Valinor


Sep 13 2013, 12:46am

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Really looking forward to see him... [In reply to] Can't Post

in McQueen's 12 Years a Slave (especially knowing a bit about his role now). That has such a great cast, with him being one piece of it. Not sure if he'll have enough of a role for awards, but the film's many *hopeful* great successes will do the same for his larger public image.


Nira
Lorien


Sep 13 2013, 12:58am

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Agreed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Me too. I hear that is a quality film and expected to do very well.

"Why, to think of it, we're in the same tale still! It's going on. Don't the great tales never end?" -Samwise


Barrow-Wight
Rohan


Sep 13 2013, 2:14am

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thought so too [In reply to] Can't Post

I kept saying it over and over when watching Star Trek he looks like a snake or a lizard it was creepy and that's what made him perfect in that role that and his voice my God that voice that's what nightmares are made of.


Cirashala
Grey Havens


Sep 13 2013, 3:47am

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Amazing Grace [In reply to] Can't Post

He also was a costar in Amazing Grace (excellent movie telling the story about the political drama centered around the abolition of slavery in Britain).

Since you enjoy his work, I thought you would be interested. In fact, that was the first exposure I had to Cumberbatch, and I thought he had been fantastic in that role. Smile

I am excited to hear Smaug for sure! I think that the confrontation between Bilbo and Smaug stands a good chance at being an Iconic scene if PJ&co play their cards right with it.

Race is meaningless. We all bleed red-no matter who or what we are. What matters is the heart. For each race has those with good hearts and those with bad hearts. You have a good heart. You do not deserve to die.


Old Toby
Gondor


Sep 13 2013, 7:55am

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Yes, I saw Amazing Grace as well [In reply to] Can't Post

although at the time I wasn't familiar with BC. So, not only is he starring in The Fifth Estate as Julian Assange, which opened the Toronto Film Festival, but has smaller roles in Twelve Years a Slave and August: Osage County, both of which have been regarded as excellent films at the festival. Can't wait to see all of them! It seems like he's the Man of the Hour, the Flavor of the Month, etc. at the present time. (And if he ends up doing Hamlet on stage with Gary Oldman...my personal Dream Team... I am going to do my very best to get there!)

And I agree, the confrontation between Bilbo and Smaug should be epic.

"Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good." Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher)


Old Toby
Gondor


Sep 13 2013, 8:08am

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Oh yeah, and he was in War Horse! [In reply to] Can't Post

Did you see that one? I loved it! He played the officer leading the charge against the Germans.

"Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good." Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher)


Starling
Half-elven


Sep 13 2013, 8:22am

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Starter for 10 [In reply to] Can't Post

is one of my favourite BC roles.
He is in a couple of movies I really like - Creation, and Atonement.
I like Amazing Grace, too, although plenty of holes can be picked in it.

I haven't gotten aorund to seeing Parade's End yet, but I have it on my list.

 
 

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