Saika and Bacula already know this about me, as does anyone who has ever seen me in person, but I am a massive fan of The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert. The word “fan” can’t even begin to encapsulate the incredible amount of admiration I have for this man. So I think I can be excused this reaction when Saika helpfully tried to inform me that Stephen had a cameo in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming “Hobbit” series:
Saika: Hey, Colbert has a cameo in The Hobbit, red alert!
Luce: I SAW THE NEWS EARLIER TODAY AND FREAKED OUT LIKE I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING I’M SO HAPPY FOR HIM IT CHANGED HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HE LOVES IT SO MUCH THAT’S THE DREAM
Saika: Hahaha, Luce, I’m like crying at your reaction. Did you weep, Agent Romanov?!
Spoiler: I did.
But what’s important here is that Stephen is a massive, massive geek who loves Lord of the Rings more than is entirely healthy. His favorite character (and mine) is Faramir, Aragorn once showed up at his studio to tell him to run for president, and he’s probably the only person in the world to ever be gifted both the Captain America shield and one of the original replicas of Sting. And so I was particularly excited to see that Stephen was going to be hosting a week of Hobbit-themed shows in preparation for the release of The Hobbit.
I’ve been fortunate enough to go to the Colbert Report studio and hear him geek out about the Lord of the Rings in person, so I was expecting great things from Hobbit Week. And it certainly didn’t disappoint. The set was redecorated to look like something straight out of Middle-Earth, Stephen spoke Elvish and blew smoke rings from wizarding weed, and each episode was capped by delightful interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and the director himself, Peter Jackson.
Below are links to each episode of Hobbit Week! Watch on to see Stephen declare himself “King Geek”, tell Ian McKellen that he loves him, confront Martin Freeman about the third season of Sherlock (“Get on the stick. Okay? Some of us cannot wait for the rest of it”), receive Gollum voice lessons from Andy Serkis, and wear hobbit feet while Peter Jackson uses him as a walking, talking encyclopedium of Lord of the Rings knowledge.
And, of course, go see The Hobbit in theaters this Friday!