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.