In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Martin Freeman was asked about his experience filming the next installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy; The Desolation of Smaug.

“I’m Scrooge McBaggins,” the actor (who plays Bilbo Baggins in the franchise) jokingly said about working on the set seen in the official still above. 

“It’s about a million pieces. It’s the biggest pile of gold I’ve ever seen! Well, obviously – I’m not used to hanging out in big piles of gold! They’re all fake, obviously, but it was a big eff-off pile of gold made it very hard to walk on.”

Guarding that gold is none other than ‘Smaug the Terrible’, the dragon we caught a very brief glimpse of both at the beginning and end of this month’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

So enter Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.


“We weren’t in the same room together,” the British actor revealed, confirming that he didn’t have actually get to have any sort of reunion with his Sherlock co-star on set while providing the voice of Smaug.

“If Martin had been there, I would have wanted to play off him, but there are size issues. Smaug is bigger than the hobbit – I think I can say that! This isn’t the riddles scene. It’s slightly different, it’s intricate. Smaug doesn’t engage with the Hobbit the same way as Smeagol does. Smeagol gets drawn in, whereas Smaug is on much more of an ego trip. He likes to feel dominant at all times, and because of what he’s capable of, he is.



The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will hit theaters on December 13th, 2013. 


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