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Monday 22 September 2014

Cumberbatch: I made fun of Freeman

Benedict Cumberbatch is looking forward to seeing the completed Hobbit film

Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed how he would laugh at Martin Freeman in his Hobbit costume.

The two Sherlock stars are reunited for Peter Jackson's two-part prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where Martin plays the titular character, Bilbo Baggins, and Benedict is Smaug the dragon.

"I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don't know Bilbo," he told MTV.com.

"For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He's going to be amazing, he's going to be fantastic in this film."

And Benedict - who last appeared in Steven Spielberg's War Horse - had high praise for director Peter.

"I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team," he said.

"It was an awful lot of fun. It was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game."

The 35-year-old actor is excited to see the result: "It's going to be an amazing film; it's going to be a real treat. I watched The Lord Of The Rings again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary."

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