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:
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.