Hi, Bryan Here…
The host of Comedy Central’s ‘Colbert Report’, Stephen Colbert has been a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and his work for a long time. Colbert has mentioned his fandom about Tolkien’s works on his Comedy Central show for years now. Well, it looks like Mr. Peter Jackson has made one of his dreams come true. A source close to the project has confirmed that Jackson has added Mr. Colbert to the film trilogy, however it won’t be the upcoming ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, which is set to release December 14 of this year.
Colbert talks a little about his appearance in the films in the upcoming November issue of Playboy Magazine, where he talks about his recent journey to New Zealand. “Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year,” he said. “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.”
Colbert was also asked if he was cast as an extra or tiny role. He replied with, “Could be.”
That’s pretty cool. Jackson is know to do this with people visiting the set. And if you remember, this is how Samuel L. Jackson got his role as Mace Windu in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels. Jackson was on a talk show and he was asked if he could be in one movie, which one would he want to be in. He responded with ‘Star Wars’. So, a little while later, George Lucas wrote Mace Windu for Jackson and the rest if terrible history.
So, Colbert will not be in the up coming film, but will most likely be in the following two films of the series, ‘Desolation of Smaug’ releasing December 13, 2013, and ‘There and Back Again’, which will release July 18th, 2014.
Can’t wait to see these and see if Mr. Jackson comes on the Colbert Report and confirms.