Stephen Colbert Transformed by Photo Shoot Into Characters from ‘The Hobbit’

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The Colbert Report is coming to an end on TV, and The Hobbit trilogy will soon come to an end in theaters. Knowing that Stephen Colbert is a huge fan of JRR Tolkien (author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), Entertainment Weekly invited Colbert to write a cover story about the movies and pose for a series of portraits as characters from the trilogy. He agreed.

With the help of NYC-based fashion photographer Ruven Afanador, what resulted was a wonderfully lighthearted photo series in which Colbert blends seamlessly into the look of each well-known fantasy character.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing various moments of the shoot:

Here are two other versions of the magazine cover showing Colbert as Bilbo and Legolas:

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In addition to cover photos, Colbert also posed for a bunch of other silly portraits as well — some of them on city streets. Here’s a slideshow:

You can find Colbert’s full cover story over on the Entertainment Weekly website.

(via Entertainment Weekly via My Modern Met)

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