Is Stephen Colbert planning an acting career in the future? The hilarious Comedy Central host is reportedly going to play a small role in "The Hobbit," the latest trilogy from "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson. The first film is set to be released in December, but Stephen won't appear until one of the later films. "I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations," said the star in a recent interview. "I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I'm a big fan of the films." Stephen isn't known for playing characters that aren't based on himself, but he has appeared in a number of different roles over the years. Here is a look at some of the characters he has played.
Chuck Noblet - "Strangers with Candy"
One of Stephen's most notable roles was as science teacher Chuck Noblet on this cult series, which he also helped create. The series ran for 30 episodes on Comedy Central, and also included a feature film. The goofy show focused on a middle-aged former junkie that returns to high school, but Stephen was a scene stealer in his supporting role. Among other things, the character was a married man that had a secret homosexual relationship with a fellow teacher.
The tourist - "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Many celebs have portrayed themselves on Larry David's hit HBO series, so it was interesting that Stephen went a different route. Instead of playing himself, he gave one of the best cameos the show has ever seen. He is a tourist that becomes extremely agitated at Larry after bumping into him outside of a New York theater. Later, he places a curse on Larry that leads to his troubling performance in "The Producers."
Ace - "The Ambiguously Gay Duo"
Stephen has lent has voice to tons of animated works, but the most famous example might be the work he has done as one half of the popular "Saturday Night Live" superheroes. Along with fellow "Daily Show" alum Steve Carell, Stephen has provided his voice on the short skits ever since the first one debuted in 1996. In addition to voicing Ace, he has also done the voice for the main antagonist in the cartoons. He also helped write the segments, which were originally created by Robert Smigel.
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