Benedict Cumberbatch On Being The Hobbit’s Second Andy Serkis

Kelly Conaboy | October 1, 2012 - 9:30 am

As we know or had at least assumed from limited knowledge, Andy Serkis will be reprising his role of Gollum in the upcoming The Hobbit films. But what, you must wonder, does it feel like for Benedict Cumberbatch to walk into the series as Andy Serkis #2? That is if you knew that Benedict Cumberbatch was going to be in the series as a motion capture dragon, which maybe you didn’t! In which case, maybe you should READ A NEWSPAPER? We can’t be your only source for Benedict Cumberbatch/Andy Serkis knowledge just kidding yes we can and I hope that we are. From TotalFilm:

On playing The Hobbit’s deadly dragon, Smaug, via the techno-magic of motion capture, Cumberbatch told us: “It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free.”

“You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at Weta work their magic.”

When asked if we’d actually get to see Cumberbatch’s handiwork in Part 1 (AKA An Unexpected Journey), he said: “I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.”

Gross, Benedict. Andy Serkis #1 would never be so gross about it. (Via Vulture.)