Stephen Colbert Gets Rare Interview with Smaug the Dragon

Stephen Colbert puts on a brave face to interview with Smaug the Dragon, from The Hobbit movies!

Centuries ago, one would probably never have been able to get an interview with Smaug the Dragon from The Hobbit movies.  People would assume (quite reasonably) that he’s hard to get a hold of (they didn’t have any means of electronic communication in the Lonely Mountain), and he has the tendency to eat reporters and interviewers, along with very stubborn dwarves and brave hobbits.

But luckily for Stephen Colbert, in one of The Colbert Report‘s final episodes, was able to face his fear and take on this interview with Smaug, and introduce a new clip from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

All joking aside, somewhat, sometimes it’s just plain awesome to have the means to create a dragon and have him “appear” on a news show.  It was great fun and hilarious, especially as it seems that Benedict Cumberbatch, who voiced Smaug in The Hobbit films, also voiced him in this interview, poking fun at the CGI filming process for a dragon (even having a faux-to of Smaug in the CGI dots that are common for those filming as a CGI-created character.

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Smaug calls motion-capture tedious, the crew calls it triple-pay

There are some pretty awesome jokes in the interview, including mentions of the BBC series Sherlock and the star of the show (ahem), the dragons of Game of Thrones and How to Train Your Dragon, and even a little roasting of Orlando Bloom.  But it’s all in good fun, and Stephen Colbert, being a friend of Peter Jackson and a huge Middle-Earth fan, was the perfect man for the interview with Smaug the Impenetrable.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the U.S.  The Colbert Report has four more episodes left before it goes off the air.


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