Benedict Cumberbatch get into character as fearsome Smaug the dragon

Ahead of the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, Warner Bros. has released video showing the 38-year-old actor immersing himself into the role. To prepare for the role, Cumberbatch told Los Angeles Times last year he went to the London Zoo to study animals including lizards.

To get into the role, little motion capture tracking dots were placed onto Cumberbatch’s face. He was fitted with a helmet that has a little camera attached to capture his every facial movement.

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“I absolutely loved it after a minute of stepping on and feeling completely like a nob,” said Cumberbatch. “Once you get over that bit of self-consciousness, it’s so freeing. I just played like a kid in a bedroom, just imagining this thing, which is great.”