Will “The Colbert Report” host and Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert be making a cameo in one of the “Hobbit” films?
Rumors are flying that Colbert may make an appearance in either the second or third movie in the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Colbert told Playboy that he visited the set of the movies, but would not say one way or the other whether he filmed a cameo.
“Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year,” Colbert told the magazine. “I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations.”
“Are you telling us you’re in the Hobbit movie?” the interviewer asked him.
According to the magazine, Colbert smiled and said, “Could be.”
The Hollywood Reporter says a source has confirmed to them that the host did indeed film a cameo.
Colbert has shown off his Tolkien knowledge before during an episode of his show in which he discussed the books with guest James Franco.
“You are not the biggest Tolkien fan,” Colbert told Franco, then asked him, “Why did Galadriel come over to Middle-Earth from Valinor?” Franco supplied an answer that Colbert told him was wrong. Later, in an interview with author Neil Gaiman, Colbert recited song lyrics sung by a character, Tom Bombadil, seen only in Tolkien’s books who did not appear in the “Lord of the Rings” movies.