According to Hull Daily Mail on Dec. 14, in an interview with Benedict Cumberbatch for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" brought to light a description he had brought to his villainous, satanic, and creepy character. Though those words would not describe Cumberbatch himself, he does have his own description of the beast that encounters the small halfling of which he doesn't recognize the smell that came so far from the west in Hobbiton.
"Smaug is the ultimate symbol of the corruption of power," says the 37-year-old star. "He's a sleepy serpent on top of his pile of gold. It brings him nothing but a damp, dank retirement, no joy or humour. He's vainglorious and proud of his own power and wealth, but it has essentially ruined him".
Apparently the character Smaug is so corrupt with this greed for something of which he can not even partake in commerce, is an irrational force to be reckoned with.
Cumberbatch tried to describe his emulation of the creature considering that he is is only human which can prove be challenging. The voice he commandeered for the role made him think it having to "sound like a growl of an atomic explosion".
It seems that the celebrity voice over challenge continued to give way that Smaug had to have a rather raspy, guttural voice with a combination of seeming rather unhygienic.
"I don't think Smaug's cleaned his teeth in a while. He has goat and dwarf breath".
It was further explained that upon comparison with Andy Serkis as Gollum, the challenge that was presented the Cumberbatch was the fact the he had to articulate slithering motions and other uncomfortable positions that are not so human-like.
Something that is also quite noteworthy is the fact that Cumberbatch's father, Timothy Carlton, who was also an actor, had instilled in him what was probably the influence of his success at partaking in the passion of "The Hobbit" film. It sounds as if Cumberbatch has his father to thank for it.
"He used to do the most extraordinary characterisations, not just as Smaug but Gollum and Gandalf and the hobbit himself. It was a very rich way to be introduced to such an incredible book.
"So, when you can go home and say to your dad, 'I'm playing Smaug, and I've got you to thank for it', it's a very satisfying day in an actor's life".