If you’re a viewer of The Colbert Report, it is no surprise that Stephen Colbert is a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan. The topic comes up in every interview where the guest has a connection to the movies. Colbert even had Aragorn’s sword Anduril presented to him by Viggo Mortensen. A rumor has been circulating for the last few days due to a comment the host made to Playboy about his New Zealand visit to the set of The Hobbit.
In said interview Colbert geeked out over getting to go to the set. Playboy then asked him if he would be popping up in the movie, to which Colbert said “Could be.” Since then, numerous unnamed sources have been saying it is happening, but we all know all the unnamed sources in the world isn’t as good as a named and reliable source. To get to the bottom of it all, EW went straight to director Peter Jackson. Here’s what he had to say about Colbertgate:
“I read that, too—it was very, very interesting,” Jackson says, laughing. “It’s yet to be confirmed or denied.”
While that didn’t answer much, Jackson was straightforward about one thing- Colbert really knows his Tolkien. Colbert went head-to-head with the movie’s Tolkien expert.
I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life. Philippa Boyens is our resident Tolkien expert, and when Stephen came down to visit the set, we put him head to head with Philippa on a Tolkien quiz—and Stephen triumphed. I have to say, his encyclopedic knowledge of Tolkien is spectacular, and points to a deprived childhood in some respects.
So the speculation continues. Colbert is a huge fan, so he probably would have flown to New Zealand just to visit the set. On the other hand, it’s Stephen Colbert and he is a huge fan and also an actor. I think he will have a cameo in the film in some form or fashion. The most logical thing would be for him to be an elf. What do you think? Will he or won’t he?
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Source : Entertainment Weekly