Talk about an odd pairing.
Stephen Colbert and J.R.R. Tolkien may not seem like a natural fit to...well, just about anybody, but the Comedy Central funnyman nevertheless revealed in a recent Playboy interview (via Empire) that he not only visited the New Zealand set of Peter Jackson's three-part "Hobbit" adaptation last year but may actually have shot a cameo for the film.
"Could be," replied the comedian when asked whether we might actually see him on-screen. And...well, that's about as far as they got.
So is he joking? Maybe, maybe not (though given the distracting potential of such a stunt, it's hard to imagine Jackson actually making Colbert a recognizable presence on the screen). Still, the "Colbert Report" host - a bona fide Tolkien die-hard - did confirm that he was given an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the production during his visit.
"I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations," said Colbert. "I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films."
In more concrete "Hobbit" news, prolific character actor Jim Beaver ("Supernatural," "Deadwood") announced via Twitter on Sunday that he recently shot a cameo appearance of his own for the trilogy, stating: "Wonderful time in New Zealand. Got invited to do a cameo in The Hobbit. Wait till you see my makeup! Hope you recognize me. Way fun!"
Now that's what we call confirmation.
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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" hits theaters on December 13.