Benedict Cumberbatch Says Playing The Necromancer In THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Creeped Him Out


smaugThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be flying into theaters next week, so the cast and crew have really been hitting the press rounds to help get fans even more excited than they already are. The film is getting great reviews online from critics who have already seen it, with many saying it’s what the first movie should have been and a non-stop three hour action film. One actor who will help contribute to the action of the sequel is Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star will be doing double duty as the subtitular dragon Smaug and the menacing Necromancer. In a recent interview Cumberbatch talked about bringing the Necromancer to life and how the character’s voice really creeps him out.

Speaking with HitFix about the film, Cumberbatch discussed how he really wanted to play the dragon and was a little confused when Peter Jackson asked him to read for another part. The actor really had his heart set on the dragon, but Jackson quickly explained he could play a live-action character too if he wanted. After thinking about the three years of his life that would vanish due to the commitment, but he agreed to do it. The voice and movement of the Necromancer was something that took a lot of work and practice, but they settled on a unique language and then, as the actor suggested to the crew, played it in reverse to make it even more eerie. Cumberbatch says that it’s very eerie just thinking about it. You can hear the actor describe the experience in the video below.

And as an added bonus at no extra charge, Cumberbatch appeared on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. To start the show off, Kimmel had the actor read the lyrics to R. Kelly‘s song Genius. Brace yourselves ladies. What do you think about Cumberbatch‘s Hobbit comments? How do you like his rendition of the R. Kelly classic?
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Source : HitFix