Smaug Speaks and More on Aragorn
Yesterday, we posted a recent interview with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), where he said that he has not been asked to be in The Hobbit movies. Adding to this, in the same interview, Viggo did say that at one point Hobbit producers did approach him about returning to Middle Earth. Here is what he said,
“At one point, the producers asked if I would do it and I said sure if Aragorn is supposed to be in the bridge story because he’s not in ‘The Hobbit’.” He added, “I would rather do it than see someone else do it, but I’ve never been asked [formally] and they’re shooting the movie.” Mortensen also added, “And I will always be grateful that the trilogy was so successful and gave me a lot of new opportunities. I never would have gotten A History of Violence, no matter how much David [Cronenberg] wanted me, had it not been for my newfound notoriety.”
As we said yesterday, do not rule out the possibility that he does make a late appearance, but as of now the outlook is not good.
Not much has been said about one of the most famous Hobbit characters, Smaug. Benedict Cumberbatch has the tall task of doing both the motion capture and voice of Smaug. In a recent interview, he talked about his upcoming task. He said,
“Preparation for something like that is quite unique. I think it will be partly to go with going back to the book, but I sort of want to look at real life serpents and creatures of that ilk, dragons,” Cumberbatch said. “He’s a reptile, obviously, so it’s not like Andy Serkis’ work with Gollum. I’m going to be on my belly, so that’s going to take a bit of practicing.”
Cumberbatch feels that some people may not see how difficult portraying Smaug will be.
“He’s an exceptionally beautiful, vain, devilish and also, in a lightly weird way, an innocent character. He’s fooled by an invisible midget,” he said. “It’s quite frustrating. There’s something quite exceptional about the power he has over people and the imagination of that world that is unlocked in this story.”
As we said before, be on the lookout for a Hobbit Trailer next month, which should start quite a buzz for Hobbit fans.