Benedict Cumberbatch Talks TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY and Playing Smaug in THE HOBBIT

     December 7, 2011

Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug THE HOBBIT interview slice

Opening in limited release this weekend is director Tomas Alfredson’s (Let the Right One In) great new movie, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Based on the 1974 British novel by John le Carre, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the first novel of the “Karla Trilogy” and the first film installment that may spawn a franchise.  The spy thriller features Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, just to name a few.  Set during the Cold War era, the story follows former spy George Smiley (Oldman) through his investigation of a possible double agent within MI-6.  It’s a hell of a movie and one you should definitely see.

Anyway, I was recently able to speak with most of the cast at the New York City press junket.  During my interview with Cumberbatch, we talked about what the last few years have been like as he’s landed some very high profile projects.  In addition, he talked about preparing for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, his favorite karaoke song, and how he goes to New Zealand next month to play Smaug in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit movies.  Hit the jump to watch.

Benedict Cumberbatch

  • What’s his karaoke song
  • What have the last few years been like as he’s landed some very high profile projects
  • What was it like preparing for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Also talks about working with author John le Carré and Tomas Alfredson.
  • Talks about how he will be playing Smaug in The Hobbit


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