(NEW YORK) — It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a fan of The Hobbit.
“I have never met a bigger Tolkien geek in my life,” Hobbit director Peter Jackson told Entertainment Weekly, saying that Colbert has an “encyclopedic knowledge of Tolkien.”
Well, it seems his passion has paid off with a cameo in the movie. The appearance had been rumored for a while, but a YouTube video shows an apparent grab from the film of Colbert. He and his family were invited to visit the New Zealand set during the film’s production, according to EW.
Colbert was coy when he recently described his possible cameo as a Where’s Waldo appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. His IMDB page says he plays a “Laketown Spy” in the film, which is in theaters now.
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