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Hobbit star Benedict Cumberbatch furious at credit as just "the voice" of Smaug

Francesca Menato
by Francesca Menato Published on 22 May 2013
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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has been left incensed by the public credit he has received for his role as the dragon in The Hobbit trilogy. The actor is adamant he was more than just the voice.

Benedict Cumberbatch has been making a steady move into Hollywood, but he's not happy with the description of one of his first roles in a blockbuster as simply 'the voice'.

The irritated 36-year-old has insisted he did not simply deliver lines in a studio as actors do for animated features - he was actually working with motion-capture technology to create the role of Smaug the dragon in the upcoming Hobbit sequel.

Similar methods were used by Andy Serkis for his part as Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings.

Benedict told New York Magazine: "It was publicised that I 'voice' Smaug, and I thought, 'F**king hell. My voice, my motions - I worked my a** off to create that dragon!"

Benedict Cumberbatch


TV actor
born 19/07/1976

In the fantasy film, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Benedict fulfilled the role of a gold-hoarding dragon and The Necromancer.

But as an animated character, Benedict's body movements are portrayed on screen, as well as his voice.

Dare we forget it!

The British actor, who's best known for his roles in period dramas like Sherlock, Parade's End and War Horse, appears to be embracing his move into more varied roles.

Ben, who plays Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, is also playing the lead role in The Fifth Estate - a movie based on Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange.

He's also working on drama Twelve Years A Slave, with the likes of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

Talk about making it in Hollywood.

Benedict Cumberbatch filming Sherlock in London © WENN
by Francesca Menato