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Benedict Cumberbatch inspires the sort of rabid, overwhelming Internet love usually reserved for cats wearing sweaters and cute baby videos, but sitting with the actor even briefly, it’s sort of easy to understand why. In the course of 20 minutes, Cumberbatch, while enjoying a cup of tea and some Swedish Fish, sounded off with ease and eloquence on his personal relationship to the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, his “porn star dragon” Smaug — one of the two characters to receive title billing in the latest epic fantasy from Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — and dealing with international celebrity (specifically being recognized for his acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes by a waitress in Oklahoma, a tale he shared by dropping in and out of a rural American accent).
Hero Complex: Smaug really is a work of art.
Benedict Cumberbatch: He’s an incredible creation, isn’t he? 80% of it is [created by the special effects team at] WETA. It was amazing to do. I did do motion capture. I can sort of see bits of that in those closeups when he’s one on one with Bilbo and with Thorin at the end; it’s vague but I can see underneath all those scales, the eyebrow movements and the mouth and stuff. So what I’m saying is I can say that it’s good without saying that much about myself. I loved doing it. To be sat in an audience watching yourself is always really weird. You get very self-conscious as an actor. It takes you out of any enjoyment. No suspension of disbelief — “Ah, no, wrong choice, I could have done that differently and better. Why didn’t they use the other edit?” It’s very weird. But with this, it’s completely different. I’ve seen it once 24 frames per second… and then I saw it 48 frames. It blew me away. I know 48 frames has its detractors but for the dragon, I think it’s sensational. It’s so real. It looks like a model acting with Martin at times, animatronics rather than a digital creation. I loved it.
MY FRIEND IS FRIENDS WITH THIS GUY^
HE LOOKS LIKE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
Erm… That’s incredible actually.
My Christmas Cabin Pressure Game… Part II. Which episode?
The offending blog has been deleted….
Praise be tumblr.
They will of course immediately post in alt blogs so the same rules apply.
Edit: Add veoaoakey to your blacklists - run by one of the owners of the blog they’re just repeat posting the spoilers. Some people really have no lives at all.
hold onto your pants
Hey, I made the audio, you can find it on my computer. :) Sorry!
Benedict Cumberbatch chewing gum x
Not at all trying to take away from people who were upset by the whole fanfiction moment at the BFI yesterday - I understand why people are upset and offended, but speaking AS SOMEONE WHO WAS THERE, strictly in terms of how personally Martin and Benedict took it - they were…