Benedict Cumberbatch Talks 'The Hobbit', Promises It'll Be 'Amazing'
One of our favorite British actors on the rise is the one-and-only Benedict Cumberbatch, not only is he in BBC's "Sherlock", Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and is shooting J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2 right now, but he's also in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit - which got a new video blog today. In addition, on MTV (via TORn) they've posted a short new red carpet interview with Cumberbatch where he talks about his work on Hobbit, saying how "it's going to be an amazing film; it's going to be a real treat." I'm already incredibly excited, but it's still great to hear. "It's a sort of wonderful ongoing process," Cumberbatch says. Read on for more!
Most of his comments are fairly sensationally in support of the project and its team, but my love shows no bounds for The Hobbit, as this looks like a spectacular return, and it's great to hear even newcomers to this journey say they're having a good time. Cumberbatch will be providing the voice of "The Necromancer" in the films, as well as Smaug the Dragon, and word is he's doing motion capture for that character, too. "I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements… It was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game," he says. It's going to be an amazing film… The way [the Lord of the Rings] films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that." Perfect. He praises Jackson:
"I was very lucky [to work] with Pete," Cumberbatch told us at Elton John's Oscar-viewing party. "As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun."
For those that know and love Cumberbatch, he has worked plenty before with Martin Freeman, who is playing Bilbo, in the UK series "Sherlock", as the two are Holmes and Watson. "I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don't know Bilbo," Cumberbatch said. "For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He's going to be amazing, he's going to be fantastic in this film." Indeed, I would say the same. But it doesn't sound like we'll see any of those antics on the big screen, since both of Cumberbatch's characters are fantasy adversaries that Bilbo and his company encounter. That said, I'm still incredibly excited to hear anyone involed talk about The Hobbit, especially as we continue to get wonderful video blogs from Peter Jackson and fun, brief follow-ups like this.
Thanks again to MTV for the quotes. If you're interested in watching the actual video, you can find it below (via MTV's crappy video player). I'm curious when/if we'll get a first look at Smaug in one of the trailers or some footage coming up (Comic-Con?). In the meantime, we'll continue to keep you updated on The Hobbit.
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
superb actor: nicely serious and underplayed in Tinker, Tailor; a twitchy, intense force of nature in 'Sherlock'; and possessing the greatest moniker in recent acting history. just imagine it being read out by one of those deeply intoning voiceover guys: 'and also starring... Benedict Cumberbatch' - awesome. bring on Smaug!
son_et_lumiere on Mar 1, 2012
When fandoms collide!!!! I am huge fan of The Lord of the Rings and a huge fan of Sherlock. This is going to be fantastic!
room528 on Mar 1, 2012
Sorry, we're unable to offerthis video to users in your region. F**k you very much, MTV.
Del on Mar 2, 2012
Would appreciate a change of video. Some of us are not americans suprisingly..
Nathalie on Mar 2, 2012
Honestly never knew this guy existed until "Sherlock" What a brilliant actor. He certainly has that something special.
Maria on Mar 2, 2012
I thought my region was Earth. I guess the USA is the only country on this planet after all.
Max Renn on Mar 3, 2012
I shrieked when I first heard he was doing The Hobbit, and then I remembered that Martin Freeman WAS the hobbit, so I freaked out some more. Benedict is fantastic. And his name is freaking awesome.
fem!anon on Mar 3, 2012
There is no doubt that The Hobbit: An unexpected journey, will be the greatest movie of the century! Just can't wait until it comes out!
wormagedog on Mar 5, 2012
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