Benedict Cumberbatch: Voice of Smaug was 'impossible'

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The second of three epic fantasy adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel of the same name. The plot picks up just as the Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully crossed over the misty mountains. Bilbo has in his possession the one ring, but now the group must continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon.
December 11th, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch says being the voice of Smaug in second instalment of 'The Hobbit' was ''impossible''.

The 37-year-old actor has been cast as the sinister dragon in 'The Hobbit:The Desolation Of Smaug', which is Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic.

Cumberbatch found the role challenging since he had to capture the essence of a character which he cannot relate to.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper: ''I was trying to articulate certain things which are impossible, because I'm a mammal trying to be a reptile.''

Cumberbatch physically portrays the dragon, which has been re-worked using CGI technology, and claims the Smaug represents ''corruption of power''.

He explained: ''Smaug is the ultimate symbol of the corruption of power. He's a sleepy serpent on top of his pile of gold. It brings him nothing but a damp, dank retirement, no joy or humour. He's vainglorious and proud of his own power and wealth, but it has essentially ruined him.''

Cumberbatch reunites with former co-star Martin Freeman who plays male lead Bilbo Baggins in the project. The pair previously worked together on BBC One series 'Sherlock'.