With much anticipation for the Hobbit here is a clip of Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug the dragon) talking about his time working on the Hobbit. He has now finished working on the Hobbit and moved onto Star Trek but we look forward to hearing his voice alongside Martin Freeman. After watching these two amazing actors in Sherlock and the dynamic between them I can only imagine how hard it was for them to stay in character. Hopefully we will see some clips of them attempting to film this scene in the behind the scenes with release of the DVD.
What is it with all these British actors?! Why are they so good? Why do they have such amazing voices and characters? I don’t know, but hey, I don’t think I can complain about it.
Now, I’m not saying there aren’t amazing actors in other parts of the world. We definitely had some great ones that have graced the screen about 10 or so years ago in the little film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Viggo Mortenson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Liv Tyler are all from the U.S. The lovely Cate Blanchett is from Australia. Billy Boyd is from Scotland. All great actors who played their parts quite well.
But still, there’s just something about those Brits. Which brings me to the casting of 2 characters of the upcoming film, The Hobbit. First off, we have Martin Freeman, whose credits include a number of comedies such as Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and my personal favorite of his, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In case you didn’t know already, Martin will be playing the lead, Bilbo Baggins.
Then we have Benedict Cumberbatch, whose credits include Atonement, and 2011’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and War Horse. He won’t be “seen” in The Hobbit, but his role is quite vital as he’ll be voicing the dragon Smaug.
What’s so oddly interesting, coincidental (or maybe not so coincidental), and brilliant is that these two actors were already and will continue to be working together in the BBC modern-day series, Sherlock. Yes, Cumberbatch plays the title role, and Freeman is his infamous “sidekick,” Watson. Their back and forth banter and camaraderie in the series has been met with high praise (I, unfortunately, have yet to see the series myself, but I plan to!)
It almost seems fitting that they would be playing two well known characters in Tolkien’s masterpiece story, albeit enemies, but it works.
Not only that, I had to remind myself how exactly Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice sounded like, so I pulled up a clip of the Sherlock series. The following clip is from when Bilb-, er, I mean Watson meets Holmes for the first time. It’s a fantastic, witty, humorous scene, and I can’t wait to watch and listen to them both on the big screen when the movie comes out.
So, what do you think? Does this get you even more excited about the 2 movies? I know it has certainly peaked my interest more in what Smaug will look like with that voice! More kudos for Mr. Jackson!
For more on what it was like for Benedict Cumberbatch on the filming of The Hobbit, you can check out this TotalFilm article.
The wonderful thing about classic stories like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings is that it seems to bring forth amazing images brought on by the heightened imaginations of its fans. I am truly in awe of those who are able to transpose the thoughts in their heads out onto paper, canvas, and even screen.
As we look forward to seeing another epic story from the mind of JRR Tolkien through Peter Jackson, I am interested in seeing how he brings to life the scene in which Esgaroth (aka Lake Town) is attacked by Smaug. Knowing that Jackson opted to skip on The Scouring of the Shire in the Return of the King, which disappointed many, it was still an enormously successful movie so much that it won the Best Picture title at the Academy Awards, it would not be the same if he were to do that with The Hobbit in regards to this attack. Obviously, a major story plot would have to be changed in order to do that, and we know that’s not going to happen!
We will have to wait and see how it will translate on film, and I’m not sure whether that will be in the first or second film. For now, let us sate our appetite with these amazing pieces of fan art of Smaug and Esgaroth.
Even the artist himself stated that the town looks to be surrounded by two mountains instead of just The Lonely Mountain, however, what’s really nice about this image is how the jewels on Smaug’s belly are depicted. Go here for the enlarged version of the image, which will direct you to wildlifehoodoo’s DeviantART page.
I love the background of this rendition, especially the Lonely Mountain. It looks so majestic, yet slightly haunting, making it very alluring for a creature as big as Smaug to want to make it his home. For the larger version, click here to go to Gaiu31duke’s DeviantART page.
The Lonely Mountain can be seen on the background and Lake Town is the focal point here. The colors and imagery looks like it could actually be a scene from Peter Jackson’s film. You could almost mistake it for any regular landscape, save for the fact that when you observe it more, you can see Smaug just about to fly over the town, almost as if he were about to silently pass by. For the larger version, click here to go to n8package’s DeviantART page.