In case you missed it, there was something of truly DRACONIC proportions on an episode of The Colbert Report this past week. Now it’s no secret that Stephen Colbert is a dyed-in-the-wool Tolkienite, having had many guests from Sir Peter Jackson‘s movies. Then of course there was his cameo in Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (2013) as a Laketown spy (the one with the eyepatch, holding a cat), hosting The Hobbit panel at this past summer’s San Diego Comic Con (in that very costume, no less) and posing for Entertainment Weekly wearing a number of original costumes from the films. But he’s outsdone himself this time. How? His interview guest was none other than Smaug, last Fire Drake of the 3rd Age of Middle-earth. I don’t mean a guy wearing a costume or Benedict Cumberbatch, who provided his voice, but Smaug the Magnificent, in all of his scaly, fire-breathing glory.
This was an amazing segment, produced by Weta Digital, with Cumberbatch once more providing Smaug’s voice. All I know is, is that this better be included on the Extended Edition of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, because it’s certainly worthy of inclusion, as the segment from 2002’s MTV Movie Awards, with Gollum arguing with Andy Serkis over accepting the Award for Best Digital Performance was in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002) Extended Edition. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself!