Dragon role of a life­time

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

RICHARD Armitage (pic­tured), one of the Hob­bit tril­ogy stars, is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Star Trek Into Dark­ness vil­lain Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch play Smaug the dragon just as much as the next per­son. Armitage plays dwarf leader Thorin Oak­en­shield, whose home on The Lonely Moun­tain was taken by Smaug the Ter­ri­ble. While he was able to watch Cum­ber­batch work­ing in the mo­tion cap­ture stu­dio, he is yet to see what Smaug even looks like. ‘‘I’ve seen or heard noth­ing of the dragon and I don’t think many peo­ple have,’’ he says. While peo­ple got a glimpse of Smaug’s eye in The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney, the look of the crea­ture will be un­der wraps un­til the re­lease of the sec­ond part of the tril­ogy, The Des­o­la­tion of Smaug, later this year. Armitage says he hopes Cum­ber­batch’s ex­tra­or­di­nary face and voice come across when we do fi­nally see Smaug. ‘‘There’s a part of me that hopes they’ll use some of his facial bone struc­ture in that dragon, be­cause I think that will only in­form the in­tel­li­gence of that crea­ture,’’ he says. ‘‘Smaug the Ter­ri­ble has the most in­cred­i­ble in­tel­lect and he’s able to un­pick Bilbo and get in­side of his head,’’ he says. ‘‘I think Bene­dict’s a great choice for that.’’

Star Trek Into Dark­ness is screen­ing now. The Hob­bit: The Des­o­la­tion of Smaug opens on Boxing Day.

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