Colbert and Hobbits

December 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reported:

is devoting a full week of his internationally syndicated showThe Colbert Report to .

Colbert, a US comedian, is a rabid JRR Tolkien fan who recently won a cameo role in one of The Hobbit films from director Peter Jackson.

He is taking his commitment to Middle-earth to the next level starting today by celebrating “Hobbit week” on The Colbert Report, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis – who play Gandalf, Bilbo and Gollum – and Jackson will all guest on the show.

McKellen is reportedly first in line to be interviewed.

Colbert visited the set of The Hobbit trilogy during filming.

He reportedly beat film producer and Tolkien expert Philippa Boyens in a Hobbit quiz.

Jackson called him the biggest “Tolkien geek” he had ever met.

Beating Boyens is an impressive feat. We should arrange a play off against Judge who won both NZ Mastermind in 1980 and Mastermind International in 1981 on the subject of Lord of the Rings. The questions and answers that were put to him are here.

The Colbert Report gets a million or so viewers. Having The Hobbit and NZ feature on it for a week is great free publicity.

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11 Responses to “Colbert and Hobbits”

  1. Longknives (4,411 comments) says:

    Talk about Hobbit overdose. Is anyone else sick of hearing about the fucking Hobbit? Early reviews indicate it is a slow moving, boring steaming pile of crap anyway….(This could be a bigger flop than King Kong)

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  2. eszett (2,332 comments) says:

    King Kong a flop?
    $207m costs vs $550m revenue plus another $100m DVD sales. I’ll take that “flop” anytime.

    I am not a great fan of LOTR and quite frankly, I can live happily without it.
    But like it or not, LOTR and the Hobbit is great for NZ in many ways and that’s what counts.

    I wish people would stop trying on shit on every achievement this little country makes, whether it’s a movie or whether it’s being one of the least corrupt countries in the world.

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  3. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    2 Colbert Hobbit installments thus far, and I think I’ve only counted New Zealand mentioned by name once. McKellen and Freeman so far. Sir Jacko and Serkis to finish the week.

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  4. labrator (1,745 comments) says:

    I hope the Greens will point out that New Zealand is not really Middle Earth and that we actually just use that phrase as a marketing strategy to get tourists to visit. In fact shouldn’t Russel Norman should go on The Daily Show to tell Americans not to come to New Zealand because it’s not pure enough for them…

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  5. Dean Papa (712 comments) says:

    I’d be fully supporting Rusty if he did. The world needs to be informed that New Zealand is over rated as a tourist destination, and this use of the Hobbit as a means of prostituting ourselves to the rest of the world smacks of desperation.

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  6. Longknives (4,411 comments) says:

    King Kong sucked arse- I don’t care how much money it made at the Box Office….

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  7. Longknives (4,411 comments) says:

    The Phantom Menace made a killing at the Box Office as well- That doesn’t excuse it from sucking arse.

    Why does everyone have to supplicate themselves to Peter Jackson just because he is a New Zealander? Can’t we judge a film on it’s merits? This ‘it must be the best film ever because it was made in New Zealand’ shit just doesn’t wash with me….

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  8. thedavincimode (6,530 comments) says:

    Early reviews indicate it is a slow moving, boring steaming pile of crap anyway….

    Wot, like LOTR?

    (This could be a bigger flop than King Kong)

    The latter statement doesn’t necessarily follow from the former.

    Longknives, I detect an attack of trilogosis hobbititis. Take 10 aspirin and stay in your room for three years without reading or watching anything. The condition will inevitably pass when the current devotees have advanced to a mental age of 15 by that time.

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  9. AG (1,760 comments) says:

    Anyone who is interested can watch full episodes of The Colbert Report online at http://www.colbertnation.com

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  10. labrator (1,745 comments) says:

    The world needs to be informed that New Zealand is over rated as a tourist destination

    I thought ‘Rusty’ wants eco-tourism to be NZ’s economic salvation?

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  11. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    ‘King Kong a flop?
    $207m costs vs $550m revenue plus another $100m DVD sales. I’ll take that “flop” anytime.’

    A film needs to make roughly twice its production budget to break even, that is because (as a rule of thumb) half the value of the ticket sales go to the theatres and the distributor. As well as the production costs there are the world wide marketing costs which are estimated at $60M for King Kong (2005).

    I’d say that Universal got their money back on Peter Jackson’s King Kong but not a lot more, so given the money involved and the talent involved I’d say it’s a ‘flop’.

    And I say this as a fan of the movie and of most of Sir Peter’s work, even if he needs to cut an hour our of most of his movies.

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