Friday, October 25, 2013

Just Another Day’s Work For Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug

By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 25th, 2013

Acting is not like other professions. There are days when you are pretending to be a man (or woman) of enormously high status (or breeding), dressed in the finest clothes available to humankind, sucking in your cheeks and looking regal. And then there are days when someone glues Cheerios all over your face and invites you to puff your cheeks out like you’ve just swallowed a hot bullet made of jam.

Benedict Cumberbatch is not immune to days like these, especially when he had to get ready to play the dragon Smaug in the Hobbit movies, and thankfully, there was someone there to record every glorious moment.

Flickr user Tolkienerd has a gallery of shots, taken from backstage footage of Benedict pulling some astonishing Smaugfaces so that the graphics department could animate his face and body language to the words coming out of his mouth. And of course, each one is astonishing: a veritable smaugasbord, if you like.


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