On December 11, 2014, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central interviewed none other than Smaug the Tremendous. This is a brilliant piece, with the fire drake showing more emotion than he ever did in The Desolation of Smaug–eye-blinking, tongue-licking, hackle-raising and the like. Considering the enormity of resources involved in bringing the dragon to Hollywood, could this be the most expensive interview ever done on a talk show?
See the video when you click on this link or watch here (PG disclaimer: profanity at the end):
The signoff, crediting Smaug’s “handlers”:
The credits are as follows:
Benedict Cumberbatch – voice of Smaug
Peter Jackson – director/screenwriter
Fran Walsh – screenwriter
Philippa Boyens – screenwriter
Matt Aitken – visual effects supervisor
Sebastian Bommersheim – digital compositor
Gerardo Aguilera – visual effects technical director
Aaron Gilman – animation supervisor
Dave Clayton – visual effects
Jerry Kung – previsualization animator
Matt Lappin – The Colbert Report
If anyone knows the duties of each artist, please contact me and I’ll give the credit where due.
Here, Peter Jackson talks about Smaug’s appearance with Colbert:
Uploaded December 17, 2014.