Benedict Cumberbatch and Twitter. Together. Yes, that happened. And it was enough to send your timeline into a spin.
The actor, who normally steers clear of all things social media, took on the hash tags in the name of the upcoming release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (in cinemas 13 December).
Answering questions about the film, his co-stars and whether a dragon can give the middle claw (yes, really) here’s what Cumberbatch had to say…
@_LauraHolmes_: How would you describe Martin Freeman in 3 words?
BC: Smart. Original. Mod.
@RachelFerron_TW: How much do you love your fans?
BC: More than I can say in a tweet.
@dr_mikki: if you were accumulating your own dragon’s hoard, what would you want as the prize of your collection?
BC: The Ring [adding] the invincible dragon’s got to rule them all surely.
@JenCappelli: Who would win in a sass-off? Smaug or Martin?… can dragons give the middle claw?
BC: Martin, obviously. Smaug gets pretty clumsy in a rage until he flies. Then, I suppose he might have time to give the birdy.
@highsockmojo: What/who did you use as your inspiration for Smaug?
BC: Neutron cream… better for your skin 😉
@b_smoraes: Is there a person (Alive or dead) you would like to spend a day with? Who?
BC: My grandfathers. I never met either.
@CeceCalabrese: Do you fancy a go at the Director’s Chair?
BC: Yes, one day.
@Cholesteroldoc: What’s your favourite pie? Or are you a cake loving dragon? #CumberCakeCollective
BC: Goat pie or dwarf cake.
@holmesexuals: Is Twitter treating you okay?
BC: Yes, so let’s break it.
@rosiescot: If you lived in Middle Earth, would you like to be a Hobbit, Elf, Wizard (yes, staff, beard & all) or a Dwarf?
BC: I’m quite happy being a dragon, thanks. Oh, and the Necromancer – a disembodied spirit of evil. Less time in the make-up chair!
@swiftsherlock: what was your favourite line in the movie?
BC: I am… death.
@PondsAt221B: What kind of music do you think Smaug would enjoy?
BC: Liberace. A little bit of Burt Bacharach. And Enya.
@_fondueatspeedys: would you rather breathe fire or be able to fly?
BC: Fly. Fly. Fly. And maybe far fire while flying. To fly faster.
@tennanteleven: what would be your ideal Christmas present?
BC: Some free time. And a sea view.
@_mystique: If you could play any cartoon character/ superhero/ villain from your childhood, who would you play??
BC: Puff the Magic Dragon.
@maybeginger: If you could master one other skill (apart from your glorious acting), what would it be?
BC: You’re very kind. Flying would be nice. Piano and French are more realistic though.
See Benedict thank the fans for joining the Twitter chat in this behind-the-scenes video
Picture via @TheHobbitMovie