Although The Hobbit Comic-Con panel is technically movie-related news, we need to talk about it here on TVOvermind because of the panel’s awesome moderator, a pretty famous guy by the name of Stephen Colbert. And while any appearance by Colbert is great in its own right, his showing up at Comic-Con was made even more special by the fact that he was dressed up in a full Middle-Earth costume, making me declare him the official winner of Comic-Con.
As most people know, Stephen Colbert is a pretty enthusiastic fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, both the Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit, and everything else the author published, as well. Leading up to the release of the first The Hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, Colbert had a full week devoted to everything Lord of the Rings and Hobbit-related, including appearances from series’ stars Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman, and even an interview with the director himself, Peter Jackson.
In fact, Stephen Colbert is such a huge Tolkien fanatic that Jackson even invited him to visit the set of The Hobbit films, an offer that Colbert graciously accepted and one that even allowed him the opportunity to have a cameo in the most recent of The Hobbit movies, The Desolation of Smaug. (You can check out Colbert’s cameo below if you haven’t already seen it.)
So while Colbert may have not been the most expected celebrity to see at Comic-Con this weekend, it makes complete sense that he moderated The Hobbit panel, one that he started off with a big speech about how much Tolkien’s writings mean to him and how he was scared when he first heard that the Lord of the Rings books were going to be made into a film series. And while it was great to see him in that awesome costume, the best part about Colbert’s appearance is that he wasn’t there as a talk show host or a TV star. No, instead he was there as a fan, one that can’t wait for the third and final Hobbit movie, just like the rest of us.
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