Read Benedict Cumberbatch's hilarious description of his Hobbit role

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has opened up about one of the two roles he'll get to play in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit—and his description of that role is absolutely hilarious.

As we all know by now, Benedict Cumberbatch (a very, very busy guy who'll also be starring as the ''unknown villain'' in a little sci-fi movie called Star Trek next year) will be playing both the Necromancer and Smaug the Dragon in Peter Jackson's now-trilogy of films.

That is, he's done the motion capture as well as provided his seductive voice (we could listen to him recite the phone book all day, everyday, but we digress) to bring both characters to life.

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Cumberbatch gave a very lively and funny description of Smaug, one of the two important villainous characters he plays on the upcoming fantasy films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece book The Hobbit.

Here's the funny tidbit:

Filming The Hobbit brought challenges of a different kind. Although he plays two roles, a necromancer and Smaug (a fantastical villain he describes with undisguised glee as 'a 400-year-old fire-breathing worm who lives in the middle of a mountain on top of a pile of gold, who is three or four times bigger than the Empire State Building and can fly'), he barely encountered any other members of the cast. He worked on his scenes with the director, Peter Jackson, shooting against a green screen while wearing a motion-capture suit. 'It's sort of a grey all-in-one jumpsuit, with a skullcap, a Madonna headset and Aboriginal-like face paint,' he explains. 'You feel like a tit in all that gear but Peter is so lovely you soon forget.'

Great. Now we just can't shake that image out of our minds.

Can you?

(via The Telegraph)