The British actor discusses lending his voice to the movie as Smaug and the Necromancer, commenting on bringing the characters to life via mo-cap and seeing his Sherlock co-star as Bilbo Baggins.

After impressive turns in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch's big screen career has really started taking off as is evident by his recent casting in Star Trek 2 as the sequels mysterious villain. Of course, the actor has already earned himself a fairly sizeable fan base as the star of hit BBC series, Sherlock. His Watson? None other than The Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins; Martin Freeman. Talking to MTV News at the Oscars, Cumberbatch discussed his experiences working on the Peter Jackson helmed flick so far.

"I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team. And at the very cool place with that technology doing mo-cap for two characters, Smaug the dragon and another character, which will remain nameless, and it was an awful lot of fun."

"It's a sort of wonderful ongoing process. I spent a lot of time recording voice as well as doing movements. So, it was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game. It's going to be an amazing film; it's going to be a real treat. I watched 'The Lord of the Rings' again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary. Their mark is for that."

"For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He's going to be amazing, he's going to be fantastic in this film."

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Filed Under "Fantasy" 3/1/2012 Source: MTV News (via Cosmic Book News)
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