Benedict Cumberbatch on filming ‘The Hobbit’: ‘You just have to lose your shit’

'Sherlock' star discusses his specific technical approach while working on the Tolkien adaptation

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed the acting method he used while filming The Hobbit.

The Sherlock star will appear in Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of Tolkien adaptations as a deadly dragon called Smaug, who is brought to life using the motion capture technology that created Gollum in Lord Of The Rings.

Discussing the specific technical approach required for the role, Cumberbatch told Total Film: “It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors… You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at [special effects workshop) Weta work their magic.”

Cumberbatch also revealed that his character will only make a brief appearance in Jackson’s first movie, saying: “I think my eye will open at the end of the first film, and then you’ll get the rest of me in the second.”

The first film in the series, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is scheduled for release on December 14, 2012 – you can watch the trailer below. The second instalment, The Desolation Of Smaug, will follow on December 13, 2013, before the trilogy concludes with There And Back Again on July 18, 2014.

The films star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and promise an ensemble cast including Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Bret McKenzie, Orlando Bloom and Cumberbatch.