It's no surprise that Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star took on two roles in 's Hobbit trilogy - the thesp has just revealed he's a massive and longstanding fan of 's novel, and as a little boy he was eager to read the book at bedtime.
According to Radio Times, Cumberbatch's dad, actor , brought the colorful characters of The Hobbit to life decades before Benedict would be cast as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:
My dad read the book to me and it was a bedtime treat if I had done well. If I had been a good boy, I'd get two chapters as opposed to maybe one, or none if I had been really bad... It became the first literary experience that played out as a visual fantasy or film in my head and really drew me into reading. That particular world, it was so clear in my mind what that film was to me as a kid.
In order to inhabit Smaug for the second part of the triptych, which arrives in theaters on December 13th, Cumberbatch used his Smaug-like powers of persuasion to let Jackson do motion capture as well as voiceover work. Although it sounds like we won't see much of Cumberbatch in his only body, if 's words are anything to go on, his performance is going to be very impressive.
Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in theaters today, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug set to hit on December 13th.