Stephen Colbert, both the man and the myth, is a HUGE J.R.R. Tolkien and Lords of the Rings fan. You may have heard him speak some Elvish before or show off some awesome piece of memorabilia from his impressive collection. And now, you might just get to see him in one of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit films!
In an interview with Playboy, Colbert talked about his recent visit to The Hobbit set in New Zealand, and, may have hinted he get a little screen time,
Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year. I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations. I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.
It continues with the interviewer asking Colbert if he was hired on as an extra, and he smiles. Then asked, “Are you telling us you’re in the Hobbit movie?,” Colbert responds, “Could be.”
I think it’s pretty obvious he’s in there somewhere. Likely not the first flick, but in something that’s been filmed for the second or third film. Will it be more than a quick flash with him in the background? No, that’s probably exactly what it’ll be. If Jackson doesn’t give himself very big cameos I don’t think he’d do more for anyone else, even the host of The Colbert Report.
How do you think The Hobbit will benefit from the Colbert Bump?
And in other Hobbit-y news, the Russian site Henneth-Annun, is reporting the runtime of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, releasing December 14th, to be 2 hours and 50 minutes, not 2 hours 44 minutes. Hmm, a little extra to better lead in to The Desolation of Smaug? I don’t know, it’s only a six-minute difference, how much could really be added? And what significant change, if any, would it make?