It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a huge Tolkien nerd. In fact, he’s such a fan that Peter Jackson gave him a cameo in Desolation of Smaug. Colbert wrote an article about the films for Entertainment Weekly and got to play dress-up, turning himself into Bilbo, Gandalf, and Legolas. He says in the article:
“Just me and a few of my friends got together to play dress-?up. Lucky for me, my ‘friends’ are the wardrobe department for The Hobbit. The original costumes and wigs were flown in from New Zealand just for me. They didn’t even fly the costumes out of New Zealand for the actors! They had to wear them there!”
Colbert also talked about why the books were so important to him growing up:
“Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me—truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out… For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.”
By the looks of these pictures, we’d say he wants to escape just a little bit.
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