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Benedict Cumberbatch still isn’t on Twitter, but #AskSmaug is the next best thing

What’s next for Cumby and Martin Freeman? You’ll be surprised.


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It’s probably just as well that Benedict Cumberbatch doesn’t have his own Twitter account.

It was bad enough when he went on Reddit to talk about his “cheekbone parties” with Matt Smith and Tom Hiddleston, but this week he took over the official Hobbit Twitter to discuss his new movie, The Desolation of Smaug, inspiring approximately a gajillion #AskSmaug questions from fans.

After taking on Sherlock Holmes and Julian Assange, there’s a slight possibility that Cumberbatch isn’t taking his role as a CGI dragon quite as seriously as his previous work. Which is why, thanks to Twitter, we now know that he would prefer the power of flight rather than the ability to breathe fire, “And maybe fart fire while flying. To fly faster.” 

Tumblr fandom, this is your imaginary husband. You have made your choice.

.@PondsAt221B Liberace. A little bit of Burt Bacharach. And Enya.

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 3, 2013

Smart. Original. Mod. RT @_LauraHolmes_: #AskSmaug How would you describe Martin Freeman in 3 words?

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 3, 2013

My father read the book to me as a 7-year old child. RT @highsockmojo: #AskSmaug what/who did you use as your inspiration for Smaug?

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 3, 2013

.@__mystique Puff the Magic Dragon.

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 3, 2013

From Sherlock and Watson to Bilbo and Smaug… Benedict Cumberbatch says Romeo and Juliet is up next for him and Martin Freeman. #TheHobbit

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 4, 2013

On who would play Romeo vs. Juliet, Benedict Cumberbatch jokes that “Martin would look very pretty in that little blonde wig.”

— The Hobbit (@TheHobbitMovie) December 4, 2013

Cumberbatch has made it very clear in the past that he doesn’t want to join Twitter himself, so fans were lucky to get this much. But at least for the Trekkies in the audience, he left us with this Vulcan-themed sign-off.

Photo via thehobbitmovie/Twitter

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