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Benedict Cumberbatch seriously got into his role for "The Hobbit" films.
In both "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," now in theaters, Cumberbatch plays the role of the perilous dragon, Smaug. However, the "Sherlock" actor didn't simply voice the dragon. He also acted out the role in a motion-capture suit.
Ahead of the release of "The Desolation of Smaug" on Blu-Ray and DVD last month, Warner Bros. released video showing the 38-year-old actor immersing himself into the role.
The best footage comes from the L.A. Times which has an exclusive video showing Cumberbatch act out the dragon in the motion capture suit.
It's amazing to see how much Cumberbatch really gets into it.
To get into the role, little motion capture tracking dots were placed onto Cumberbatch's face.
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He was fitted with a helmet that has a little camera attached to capture his every facial movement.
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