As a lot of you probably already know, Stephen Colbert — Tolkein geek extraordinaire — declared this to be Hobbit week on his show, and featured a different Hobbit guest each night: Sir Ian McKellan (Gandalf) on Monday, Martin Freeman (Bilbo) on Tuesday, Andy Serkis (Gollum) on Wednesday, and director Peter Jackson yesterday. (I haven’t watched last night’s yet, but I feel safe in assuming that Jackson was funny and charming!)
In the absence of information regarding the Jackson interview (no, don’t tell me! I can’t hear you! Fingers in my ears! Lalalalalala!), the two very best things of the whole week were as follows:
- How clearly impossible it was for Stephen-Colbert-The-Guy to stay in character as Stephen-Colbert-The-Pundit-Parody when sitting across the table from people involved in the LOTR franchise. It was just delightful to see how much fun he was having! Aw, Stephen!
- Colbert’s entrance into Wednesday’s Andy Serkis interview. If you didn’t see it, it starts at the 24 second mark below, and oh, it made me so very, very happy.
- (Ok, three. The bit that Serkis and Colbert did at the top of the interview, which looked to me to be entirely unplanned [by Colbert, at least!] was also pretty great). (But not great like #2 was great).
And #2 reminded me of the following, which simply serves to remind us all that Sir Ian is a marvel and a delight and I will always and forever wish he were my friend.