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A bit of Hobbit trivia for you…Who is Smaug in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and where did the dragon get his face?

If you guessed "Sherlock" actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, you'd be right. And while the actor's human face doesn't make it onto the new "Hobbit" movie poster, released on the film's official "Hobbit: Facebook page this week, the spirit of his face does.

Curious about what I mean? Then read on.

What a Benedict Cumberbatch Interview Revealed About Smaug's Face

In an interview, which I wrote about yesterday, one of the "Hobbit," Cumberbatch agreed that Smaug got the look of his face largely from the actor himself.

You probably already know that Smaug the Dragon in "The Hobbit" movie doesn't exactly resemble the actor who plays him -- the extended jaw being an issue and all -- but if you look at photos of Smaug, he does have actor Benedict Cumberbatch's eyes. You'll notice as well that the way the dragon wrinkles his nose definitely points to the actor who played him.

Now About the New "Hobbit" Movie Poster

But did you know, that Asian dragons influenced Smaug the Dragon's look as much as European dragons did? (Stay tuned to find out where I got that bit of "Hobbit" trivia.)

You might become really interested to know that it wasn't just Benedict Cumberbatch's eyes that shaped the way Smaug the Dragon looked on the new "Hobbit" movie poster. The MoCap (motion capture) sequences that the actor put himself through also influenced the way Tolkien's dragon's face looked on screen and in the poster.

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The MoCap relies on a series of dots being placed on an actor's face and body. These dots capture the actor's facial and body movements and translate them into pictures for the screen. Motion capture always keeps some of the elements of the actor who played the character.

Are you beginning to see how who voiced Smaug also determined how the dragon looked?

The Answers to "The Hobbit" Trivia Questions in the Article

What else influenced Smaug's look? According to USA Today, there were many cultural influences to Smaug the Dragon. This is the reason why the dragon has a long, thin body instead of the rounder version that a European dragon would have.

As you might have noticed from new "The Hobbit" movie poster, the fire-breathing reptile's body seems to slither through a sea of treasure just like a snake's would. This photo reveals the way that the look of Asian dragons made it onto the screen in the film.

What More Does the Benedict Cumberbatch Interview Reveal About Playing Smaug?

You'll have to watch the video at the top of the screen to get the answer to this bit of "Hobbit" trivia.

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