A Hobbit cameo for Stephen Colbert

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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Stephen Colbert has a role in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit triology, and shot scenes during a visit to New Zealand last year, according to reports from the US.

In an interview with Playboy magazine, the spoof rightwing talkshow host talks about his passion for all things Tolkien, which prompts the following exchange:

PLAYBOY: Didn’t you visit the Hobbit film shoot in New Zealand?

COLBERT: I did. [Director] 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.

PLAYBOY: You flew out to New Zealand just to watch? He didn’t hire you as an extra or something?

COLBERT: [Smiles]

PLAYBOY: Are you telling us you’re in the Hobbit movie?

COLBERT: Could be. [smiles]

PLAYBOY: Can you elaborate?

COLBERT: [Fumbles with paper on his desk] So, uh, I was just writing Mr. Jackson a note to congratulate him on making The Hobbit into three movies. Because I think that’s just fantastic.

PLAYBOY: You’re not going to tell us anything, are you?

COLBERT: [Smiles, says nothing]

PLAYBOY: You sneaky bastard.

(To read more, go here, but bear in mind it’s Playboy, so the sidebars, etc, are not safe for work, or possibly home even.)

And, this morning, the Hollywood Reporter has this:

Stephen Colbert will make a cameo in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, a knowledgeable source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

The host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report is a huge J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fan who reads Elvish. No word on which role he’ll play in the franchise or whether it will be a key character or just part of the background.

The report adds that his appearance will be in the second or third film.

Presumably it was his time in New Zealand that informed his remark on his show a couple of months ago that “evidently New Zealand’s time zone is seven years behind”.

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