Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug, Plus One Last 'The Hobbit' Trailer

Friday, 12 December 2014 15:27 Written by  iamrogue
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug, Plus One Last 'The Hobbit' Trailer

Next week sees the end of The Hobbit Trilogy and The Colbert Report.

It's true.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens on Wednesday, December 17th, ending Peter Jackson's mega-adaptation of JRR Tolkien's introductory Middle Earth novel and, presumably, the full cinematic saga of The Lord of the Rings.  The very next day, Stephen Colbert airs the final half-hour of his remarkable satire/elaborate meta-prank.

It's the end of an era.  No, it's the end of two eras.

Since Colbert, who takes over The Late Show from David Letterman next year, is a huge Tolkien fan (he actually had a quick cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and moderated the last Comic-Con panel), it's only fitting that his penultimate week of Colbert Report broadcasts includes an appearance from one of the last great fire-drakes of the Third Age.

Yes, the fictitious Colbert interviews the fictitious Smaug.  Benedict Cumberbatch even voices the fearsome dragon, who declares his beefs with the Khaleesi's dragons and Toothless.

There's also a clip of Smaug in action, a disagreement over pronunciation, and Colbert pointing out, "We both live in gated communities and we're both fiscal conservatives who sleep on giant piles of money."

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens Stateside next week, but its UK release goes down today.

Just the other day, Warner Bros. released a UK trailer that really underlines the conclusive nature of the movie formerly known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again

It does so by slapping a #ONELASTIME hashtag on the screen, as well as spending most of the trailer recapping bits from the last two Hobbits, placing The Battle of the Five Armies in the context of its predecessors.

One thing that looking at footage from all three suggests is that this last chapter is even more CGI-heavy than the last two.  That makes sense, since so much The Battle of the Five Armies was crafted during additional photography onstage rather than on location.  Remember, it was only after principal photography that Jackson and Warners expanding this into a trilogy.

Here's the trailer, courtesy of Flickering Myth:

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