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Behind the scenes pics of Benedict Cumberbatch's angry dragon face for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Oct. 23, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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Ready for your first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG? I guess it's really more of a half first look since these images are of the actor doing motion-capture work for the film. The Extended Edition of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is available for download on iTunes, and it includes behind the scenes footage of Cumberbatch in action as Smaug. A Flickr user uploaded several screenshots of the footage, and now for your viewing pleasure I present to you Benedict Cumberbatch's pissed off dragon face.

A dragon with Benedict Cumberbatch's voice is scary, but one that also has some of his facial features? That's just f*cking terrifying. I'm glad that so far there hasn't been a full reveal of Smaug, and honestly I hope there isn't one before the film hits theaters.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG also stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Lee Pace, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, and Billy Connelly, and will be released on December 13th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Benedict Cumberbatch played the negotiator at the end of the excellent 2010 dark comedy FOUR LIONS.
Source: Flickr

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11:08AM on 10/23/2013

LMAO

Not sure if real or just trolling. We're talking about mo-capping a human for a dragon.
Not sure if real or just trolling. We're talking about mo-capping a human for a dragon.
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11:58AM on 10/23/2013
No, I've seen pics like these before. Check out Ray Winstone's behind-the-scenes mo-cap footage for 2007's BEOWULF.
No, I've seen pics like these before. Check out Ray Winstone's behind-the-scenes mo-cap footage for 2007's BEOWULF.
10:41AM on 10/23/2013
Viddy well, droogies....
Viddy well, droogies....
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10:40AM on 10/23/2013
RETURN THE MAP! RETURN WHAT YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM ME!
RETURN THE MAP! RETURN WHAT YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM ME!
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10:39AM on 10/23/2013

new Nymphomaniac poster?

I'm sure Lars von Trier would be pleased with Benedict's O face during his "climactic ending"
I'm sure Lars von Trier would be pleased with Benedict's O face during his "climactic ending"
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9:42AM on 10/23/2013
Some fangirl out there is going to gif that. I can guarantee you that.
Some fangirl out there is going to gif that. I can guarantee you that.
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10:36AM on 10/23/2013
I wouldn't rule out plenty of boys...
I wouldn't rule out plenty of boys...
9:25AM on 10/23/2013
I'm surprised they're using motion capture at all. Dude looks part dragon as is.
I'm surprised they're using motion capture at all. Dude looks part dragon as is.
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8:44AM on 10/23/2013

Damn

They don´t even need the CGI.
Just give Cumberbatch some wings and you´re done.
Fierce!
They don´t even need the CGI.
Just give Cumberbatch some wings and you´re done.
Fierce!
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