9:22 pm - 12/26/2012

Freeman & Cumberbatches Talk Desolation of Smaug

The “Sherlock” co-stars are together again in next year’s second chapter of the “Hobbit” trilogy and both stars offered a few words in the new Empire Magazine.

Martin Freeman, who stars in the franchise as Bilbo Baggins, was seen in one promotional photo nearly swimming in the dragon’s gold.

“I’m Scrooge McBaggins. It’s about a million pieces. It’s the biggest pile of gold I’ve ever seen! Well, obviously – I’m not used to hanging out in big piles of gold! They’re all fake, obviously, but it was a big eff-off pile of gold made it very hard to walk on.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars with Freeman on the BBC hit series “Sherlock,” voices Smaug the Terrible, but doesn’t get to reunite with his co-star face-to-face for “Hobbit.”

“We weren’t in the same room together. If Martin had been there, I would have wanted to play off him, but there are size issues. Smaug is bigger than the hobbit – I think I can say that! This isn’t the riddles scene. It’s slightly different, it’s intricate. Smaug doesn’t engage with the Hobbit the same way as Smeagol does. Smeagol gets drawn in, whereas Smaug is on much more of an ego trip. He likes to feel dominant at all times, and because of what he’s capable of, he is.”

The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ was originally made as a two-part film, however Warner Bros, Peter Jackson, producer Fran Walsh and writer-producer Philippa Boyens announced a few months back that ‘The Hobbit’ films will now be a trilogy.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” arrives December 13, 2013.
__papillon 27th-Dec-2012 02:51 am (UTC)
i get that it's important and more interesting to have the background stuff, but legit tolkien fans probably appreciate that more than me lol. i was just twitchy in my seat about an hour in.

my cousin didn't even know that this was gonna be three movies so she said was confused as fuck as to why the movie ended and they're still so far away from the mountain lol. and she also kept insisting that the guy who played aaron samuels in mean girls was the guy who played kili lmaooooo.
onceupon_awish 27th-Dec-2012 02:54 am (UTC)
omg offended in Kili's name rn... Aidam Turner is so much better than that! You should force her to watch Being Human UK asap.
bodyline 27th-Dec-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
tbh the movies were made for the Tolkien fans, not a general audience.
__papillon 27th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
your icon lol i thought they were gonna kiss lmao.

and yeah, definitely. i would've enjoyed it if even more detail went into lotr (which is why i love the uncut versions) but i didn't really care for the hobbit so it wasn't the same level of enjoyment for me. but i'd watch the next two movies too, anyway.
miss_lurker 27th-Dec-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
I would love if more detail had gone into LOTR movies vs The Hobbit! I was totally sitting in the theater thinking how much more awesome the LOTR trilogy would have been.

I still enjoyed it in The Hobbit though. More screen time/details is doing favors for all the characters, even the trolls and orcs. They were much more humanized (for lack of a better term) and relateable in The Hobbit, than in the LOTR movies.
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