Shove Over, Smaug: Stephen Colbert Is Breakout Star of 'Hobbit' Sequel
(Photo: Warner Bros./ Comedy Central)
And it's earned him one heck of a prize.
The host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" has an actual role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." If that wasn't enough, Warner Bros. tells Yahoo Movies, that there's a downright proliferation of the Colbert Nation in Laketown.
Director Peter Jackson also snuck Colbert's two sons — John and Peter — into the action, along wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert.
The Colberts all play "Laketown spies" in the film. The location becomes central to the story about two-thirds of the way through the flick as it is the final destination before the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins head into the Lonely Mountain to displace that evil, treasure-hording dragon Smaug. In the town, which floats on an icy lake, the little folk strike a shaky alliance with Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and have to hang out there for a bit.
Watch this new 'Hobbit' clip which depicts the dwarves and the people of Laketown:
Townspeople are seen a lot during these Laketown sequences, so keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot the Colberts Where's Waldo-style. Stephen having the most famous mug is the easiest to spot — just look for the eye-patch-sporting townie. (As far as we can tell, the Colberts do not appear in the above clip.)