Saturday, October 27, 2012

Peter Jackson Thinks Stephen Colbert is the Biggest Tolkien Geek Ever

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, established his geek cred long ago with his various nods to comic books, science fiction, James Bond and whatnot.  Hell, the guy even devoted an episode to explaining the debt crisis using Lord of the Rings action figures.

So there was no surprise when rumors began swirling that Colbert landed a cameo in one of Peter Jackson's three upcoming films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit.  In an interview given to Playboy magazine, Colbert remarked that he was invited by Jackson last year to visit the set and saw a 25-minute cut that he described as "amazing."  When asked if was going to be an extra in the films, Colbert reportedly smiled and said "Could be."

Well, Entertainment Weekly pressed Jackson on the rumor, who did not deny that Colbert would appear.  "I read that too," Jackson said with a laugh.  "It was very, very interesting.  It's yet to be confirmed or denied."  However, Jackson would confirm that Colbert is definitely a serious Tolkien fan.  "I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life," he remarked.  "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."

It's believed that Colbert's cameo will be in the second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 13, 2013.

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