Stephen Colbert Transforms into Several ‘Lord of the Rings’ Characters for the Release of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
Stephen Colbert Transforms into Several ‘Lord of the Rings’ Characters for the Release of  ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
Stephen Colbert in New York City at Border’s signing copies for his book I Am America (And So Can You!)

Stephen Colbert, who is an avid "Lord of the Rings" fan, transformed himself into our characters including Bilbo, Gandalf and Legolas with the help of Entertainment Weekly (EW). Read on to learn more about it.

The "Colbert Report" star and EW shot for three variant covers in the last week's EW. He did it honor of the release of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armiesrelease. Aside from it, Colbert had also made a LOTR-related cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” playing a Lake Town Spy.

“The original costumes and wigs were flown in from New Zealand just for me, They didn’t even fly the costumes out of New Zealand for the actors! They had to wear them there!” Colbert said to EW.. 

He added: “Tolkien’s work has been a lifelong haven for me—truly a light in dark places when all other lights went out – For an awkward teenager, Middle-earth was a world I could escape to. Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth also gave me a world to escape to, but by the time his films came out, I was rich and famous and didn’t really want to escape my life anymore. Still, great movies.” 

"The Battle of the Five Armies" is the third and final installment, which is part of the three-part film adaptation based on “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, which will bring to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, and the company of Dwarves. 

"The Battle of the Five Armies" will feature the dwarven company as they try to reclaim their homeland, from the dragon Smaug, which they have mistakenly unleashed into the world. The enraged Smaug puts his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Thorin's obsession over his reclaimed treasure made him sacrifice friendship and honor to hoard it. Bilbo's frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice.

The Wizard Gandalf who sees greater dangers lies ahead unlike any other. The great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide: unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The fantasy epic is directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, based on "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films and is to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and the Necromancer/Sauron, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel and Christopher Lee as Saruman.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" breaks out into cinemas by Dec. 17, 2014 in the U.S. and Dec. 12, 2014 in the UK.  For more updates on upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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