Benedict Cumberbatch talks doing Motion-Capture for ‘The Hobbit’: “It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors”

Benedict Cumberbatch will soon be known for playing two famous literary characters—Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television series, Sherlock, and Smaug the dragon in the new film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Cumberbatch does admit that not much of his work will be seen in the first installment of The Hobbit series.  “I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second,” he told Total Film.

Although much of his work was done through motion capture, Cumberbatch enjoyed the experience of bringing the dragon to life.  “It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors,” he said.  “I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually.  And you have to be.  You have to be free.”

Performing a role mostly for CGI is a very different acting process.  “You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building,” the British actor said.  “It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors.  Then the boys at Weta work their magic.”

The first Hobbit film is set to open December 14, 2014.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/natalie-portman-jackie.jpg
Natalie Portman: “I think you can’t judge your character when you play her, or else you wouldn’t be able to”
Portman speaks about the challenges with playing the famous First Lady.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Aaron-Eckhart.jpg
Aaron Eckhart: “I have a saying: ‘If you’re sweating, you’re doing it wrong'”
"People ask me, 'Why aren’t you sweating?' And I say, 'Because I am making myself effortless.' The physical is key." - Aaron Eckhart
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/anna-kendrick.jpg
Anna Kendrick on Why She Became a Actress and How She Got Her Role in ‘Up in the Air’
"It became the way that I learn about myself and the way that I learn about other people." - Anna Kendrick on Acting
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Viola-Davis-Fences.jpg
Viola Davis on Returning to ‘Fences’: “It was a chance and an opportunity to fix some things I never got right on stage”
"You know when you’re not getting it right, you know when you’re coasting." - Viola Davis
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Nicole-Kidman.jpg
Nicole Kidman on Roles She Turned Down: “It’s just the journey”
"You’re meant to play certain things and if it’s meant to be, then it just kind of happens." - Nicole Kidman