Total Film chatted with Benedict Cumberbatch about his role as Smaug in the forthcoming The Hobbit trilogy.
The English actor, best known for his performance as Sherlock in the BBC series, said a full reveal of the dragon would not be seen until the second film.
“I think my eye will open at the end of the first film,” he said. “And then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.”
As regard working with Weta and CGI in general, he continued: You just have to lose your s–t 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. 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.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit cinema screens on December 14 of this year, while The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13, 2013.