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.)

Comments (26)
  1. ”I’ve never felt less encumberbatched, actually”
    - Pun4all ; A bad pun generator app.

  2. Unencumbered Cumberbatch. “There’s nothing like an unfurnished basement for pure comfort.”

  3. You know what else will make you feel unencumbered? Not having to deal with the pressure of being nominated for an Oscar.

  4. I am imagining him just being a human sized dragon, which is somewhat less intimidating.

  5. I predict that this comment thread will become the Robert Downer Jr of Unencumberbatch.

  6. Haha, more like unencumbenedict, amirite?!

    Damnit, I think I did that wrong.

  7. To be fair, he’s also playing a non mo-co role because he’s super talented.

  8. SPOILER ALERT Smaug’s eye opens at the end of the Part One?!??!?!?!?? Thank a lot, Cumberbatch. Now what’s the point of watching the movie?

  9. Most sites, if they had an exclusive on-set pic like that, would have made more of a thing of it.

  10. Well, I’m only up to the 3 trolls and many dwarves part of the book. Cumberbatch must be British for “Spoiler Alert.”

    • I’m reading it for the first time too! It’s fun imagining all the characters as actors I know will play them instead of being angry/grudgingly accepting of the casting.

  11. He’s basically part lizard anyway so this is spot on casting!

  12. I like this guy. I will now have fantasies of us growing old together, complaining about stuff. He is my new favorite curmudgeon. Fingers crossed he thinks Ziggy has gotten too preachy too!!

  13. I just want to say that I used to get all my Benedict Cumberbatch news at, but ever since they put up their paywall, Videogum is my exclusive source.

  14. “Lemme Smaug it girl.”– Benedict Cumberbatch

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