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Stephen Colbert Reveals His Role In 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'

12/10/2013 04:47 am ET

Fans of "The Colbert Report" know that Stephen Colbert is one of the most devoted and knowledgeable fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. He geeked out about "The Lord of the Rings," and has continued his fan obsession into the new "The Hobbit" trilogy. On "Late Show with David Letterman," he revealed that he scored a role in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

At first, Letterman didn't believe Colbert's claim that he was in the film. "I'm kind of the breakout star of 'The Hobbit,' Dave," Colbert insisted. "I don't want to tell anybody where I am, but I am in it." He even encouraged Letterman to check out the IMDb page for the film if he didn't believe him.

After some prodding, Colbert provided a few details of how it happened, as well as a tease where fans can look for him. "I and my wife and my two boys were invited down to New Zealand to play around with the folks in 'The Hobbit' by Peter Jackson," he said. "We went down there, and we're in a scene in Laketown. I don't want to say where in the movie. It's kind of a 'Where's Waldo?'"

Fans can look for Stephen Colbert and his family in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" when the film opens nationwide on December 13. "The Colbert Report" airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central, while "Late Show with David Letterman" airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS.

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