Extreme Fans: Stephen Colbert Teaches Peter Jackson About The Hobbit
12.10.12 by Ryan
Extreme fandom manifests itself in many ways: fan fiction, fan films, and, in worst case scenarios, stalking. And, despite the amount of fame one achieves, it's hard for anyone to not "geek out" on their favorite stuff. Take Stephen Colbert of ComedyCentral's The Colbert Report who managed to devote an entire week to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and interviewed members of the cast and director Peter Jackson. While doing celebrity interviews isn't exactly new, Colbert is a notorious fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, with knowledge of Tolkien bordering on the academic since he speaks elvish. Colbert was even invited to the New Zealand set of The Hobbit while the movie was in production.
"He’s such an expert on Tolkien, he really is, he can quote it at length," Ian McKellen told THR about Colbert. That expertise was on display when Jackson appeared for his interview. While discussing The Hobbit's recent transformation into a trilogy, the director asked Colbert to explain what Tolkien's intent was for the appendices at the end of the Return of the King novel, which Jackson is using as further source material.
Colbert also tutored McKellen about his own character of Gandalf during his interview, informing McKellen about Gandalf's original name before arriving on Middle-Earth and thereby breaking from the conservative pundit character he usually portrays on the show. "I still don’t know who I was talking to — whether it was the real Stephen Colbert," said McKellen of the interview. "So the silly Stephen Colbert, who is normally on the program, rather dropped away. It was interesting to watch."
You can check out that interview below as well.