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Stephen Colbert to Cameo in ‘The Hobbit’ - Optionated

Stephen Colbert to Cameo in ‘The Hobbit’

By on October 23, 2012

They are two items in popular culture that I never thought would be mentioned in the same sentence. In one corner, you have American satirist, Stephen Colbert. In the other corner, you have Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated film, The Hobbit. These two ingredients will mesh on the big screen in the not so distant future.

Many out there would kill for a cameo on AMC’s ridiculously popular series, The Walking Dead. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian put himself in the very capable hands of the make-up artists on that set, in order to become a bloody member of the walkers. But have you ever thought of how cool it would be to cameo as a Tolkien inspired monster?

That notion has apparently crossed the mind of Comedy Central‘s own Stephen Colbert. He won’t make it into the final cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits on December 14th, but there are two more sequels in this prequel package, and he’ll cameo in one of those films. Colbert fans will already know that the actor is a bit of a Tolkein’s fanatic. He even mentioned this exciting cameo in an interview with Playboy earlier this month.

Did I jump the gun? I assumed Colbert would get into the spirit of Halloween and have a seat in the make-up chair himself, but there’s no telling what shape his cameo will take. Maybe he’ll be an elf or dwarf instead.

What we do know is what Bolg will look like. Pardon me. No, I didn’t just burp. Bolg is the name of the terrible leader of the faction of Misty Mountain Goblins. Dun dun dun. He’s role is acted by Conan Stevens, who is somewhere beneath all that make-up and armor. It looks heavy, doesn’t it?

Of course, the prequel is all about the titular hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins. His friend Gandalf the Grey, who just happens to be a great wizard, urges him into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which is now firmly in the grip of the very frightening dragon, Smaug, to be voiced by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch.

So, Bilbo joins a band of thirteen dwarves, led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on the journey. Along the way, they’ll encounter mor than just Orcs, obviously. I mentioned Misty Mountain Goblins already. There are also treacherous Wargs, Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers to contend with. Oh my.

And one creature needs no introduction. He’s Gollum. And he’s baaack on the big screen. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis and many, many more star in our return to Middle Earth.

Boy, what can’t Stephen Colbert accomplish? His book I Am America (And So Can You!) is a New York Times Best Seller. He’s a family man and a political mind. He’s a comedian, and a voice actor, having lent his pipes to Monsters vs. Aliens, The Simpsons, and a guest role on American Dad! His special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! earned Colbert a Grammy.

About Sasha McBrayer

Sasha McBrayer is a fan of Marvel Comics, science fiction films and bright nail polish. A list of her published, short, speculative fiction stories can be discovered over at her blog: nikanors-inn.livejournal.com. To see her weekly movie review visit coastalcourier.com and click on "Showtime with Sasha". http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/b6c8a69f9da49400b44cfcaa28774e90.png

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