It is well known that late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert is probably the biggest J.R.R. Tolkien geek in the entire world. Heck, he even dedicated an entire week of his show The Colbert Report to the first Hobbit film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey when it was released last year.
Earlier this month, while appearing on an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, he told Dave that he and Sir Ian McKellen had something in common; that the two of them were both in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
In fact, most of his family is in the film as well. He didn’t want to give away too many details about his appearance in the film; however, he described the appearance as sort of a “Where’s Waldo” kind of role.
That would not be far from the truth. There is a good possibility that unless you looked really closely, and were super quick on the uptake, that you missed his short appearance. Thanks to a GIF that popped up on Reddit over the weekend, you can actually get a pretty good look at it.
It appears that he is a hooded spy in Laketown.
If you missed it, don’t worry. We missed it the first time as well. However, I assure you that it is indeed the late night superstar.
It’s rather fitting that if anyone should get a cameo in a film like this that it was indeed Stephen Colbert.