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Benedict Cumberbatch's First Audition For "The Hobbit" Is Quite Something

All fresh-faced and pretending to be a dragon back in 2010. <3

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We've all seen Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Smaug brought to life in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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We've even seen him filming the process.

But now the tape from his first audition has surfaced. And it's pretty amazing.

In the clip, Cumberbatch and his Sherlock and The Hobbit co-star Martin Freeman discuss how keen he was to land the role. He auditioned for the part in 2010, but had to wait for a whole year to hear back that he had actually landed the part.

Watch the video in full here:

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