Benedict Cumberbatch's Audition Tape For 'The Hobbit' Is Every Bit As Creepy As You Think (So Why Is It Still So Hot?) – VIDEO

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch speaks to members of various public sector unions in the UK, who are against the proposed public spending cuts, at a rally in Methodist Central Hall on October 19, 2010 in London, England. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is due to announce the Comprehensive Spending Review to Parliament tomorrow which will aim to set out in detail the Government's spending cuts. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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If you've ever wondered what it's like to be bizarrely attracted to the sound of someone saying that they just ate six ponies, you should probably watch Benedict Cumberbatch's audition for Smaug in The Hobbit: Desolation of SmaugHe actually auditioned as early as 2010 for the role, which was just before the insane droves of fangirls started a Cumberbatching revolution on Tumblr, and the video shows the very first concept for the eventual ginormous CGI dragon he was destined to become. And even though I probably don't have to tell you this if you've already seen the movie and/or ever watched Benedict Cumberbatch's face move, it's creepy as hell. And I love it. 

What's pretty amazing about this audition video is how completely uninhibited he is. The movie's producers actually didn't plan to incorporate his facial and body movements into the CGI at first, and even though the director told Cumberbatch to just speak the lines, he goes for it, body and soul. Something about his crazy dragon neck and "I'm going to eat you" voice rumble will captivate you. Cumberbatch mentions how the director went silent after watching it, and who can blame him? Nobody was expecting something that prolifically beast-like to come out of such a polite-looking man. 

Because the internet gives us so much more than it asks for in return, there is also plenty of footage of Cumberbatch writhing on the ground as Smaug when they were capturing his facial movements to project onto the dragon, and it's chilling. I almost believed he was a dragon. I hope he's not into method acting or there are probably a ton of people in London or wherever it is wacky British actors hang out that are invariably scarred for life. Also, fun fact -- they actually waited a year after his audition to call him up for the role. Not that anyone is all that surprised, because if you watch this video you can't imagine how they could possibly give it to anybody else: 


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