It’s funny, because just the other day Benedict Cumberbatch was saying on the Nerdist Podcast (yes that very one!) that he was hoping to do a bit more comedy in his career. Well, he can rest assured that his vocal appearance as Smaug on Thursday night’s Colbert Report was exactly that. But I mean, would a dragon yelling the word “motherf–kaaaaaaa!” be anything else but utter hilarity?
In a seriously impressive and masterful visual feat, Colbert worked with the brilliant cavalry Peter Jackson employs to bring the dragon to life. It took ages to pull off (we’re going to assume — just listen to the exhaustive list of contributors for that 7-ish minute segment at the end of the show!) but the results were truly spectacular. Shattering the set around him, Smaug’s entrance managed to both confuse and amaze us: was it a puppet in-house? CGI out the wazoo? Actual real-life magic come to life in a small New York City cable faux-news studio? More likely than not it was a little bit of all three (c’mon, Colbert: we’re going to need that behind the scenes reel tout de suite).
Achievements aside, the whole interview itself was a joy to behold. Colbert’s a big fan of all things Tolkien, and going tet-a-tet with the fire drake of the Third Age is no small feat (particularly if you don’t have a ring that grants invisibility just lying around).
Plus, like we said before: there’s that whole hilarious Cumberbatch business as an aural bonus to this visual feast.
What do you think of the segment? Leave your thoughts (and accolades because SERIOUSLY well done you guys, holy jeez) in the comments.