It’s so much more than that.
It’s motion capture. Benedict will actually BE Smaug. Just like Andy WAS, and again will be, Gollum.
The way they move their bodies is very important. Their facial expressions will count. Everything they do will have a part in making their characters come alive.
AND Benedict will also be the Necromancer.
I don’t think many people realize this.
He definitely deserves way more credit…than just voicing for a dragon.
“I am very flattered. I have also become a verb as in “I have cumberbatched the UK audience” apparently. Who knows, by the end of the year I might become a swear word too! It’s crazy and fun and very flattering.”
Benedict Cumberbatch is good at acting and has five chins.
Sherlock: Look Jawn, I’mma dragon! RAWRRR
John: Dragon? Nonsense Sherlock. There hasn’t been a dragon in these parts for a thousand of yee-eeEEEAAARRSSSS
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