It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic series The Lord of the Rings first hit the big screen. Stephen Colbert, 57, is a noted fan of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of the fantasy novels, and he penned a song to celebrate the fact that Sunday December 19 will mark 20 years since the movies hit theaters! The comedian tapped plenty of stars from the films to help him celebrate during The Late Show on Wednesday December 15.
Before the rap, Stephen announced that the show would be taking a holiday break next week and lamented that he couldn’t celebrate the movie’s anniversary on its actual anniversary. “I won’t be on the air next week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which also happens to be the 20th anniversary of me not shutting up about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” he said. The Late Show host raved about LOTR, calling it his “favorite film series of all time,” and wondered why it wasn’t getting a similar treatment to another classic fantasy series: Harry Potter, which will see the cast reunite for its own anniversary special on HBOMax on New Year’s Day. “Harry Potter’s fine, but it’s no Lord of the Rings,” Stephen quipped.
After a bit more raving about the movie, Stephen shared that he’d written a song about the “#1 trilly,” before launching into the song with bandleader Jon Batiste. The two rattled off other classic trilogies that they said couldn’t top LOTR including The Godfather, Free Willy, and Star Wars. While dropping plenty of great references straight outta Mordor, the video also boasted cameos from plenty of the film’s stars Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and even Orlando Bloom.
Other than the cast, the video also featured guest verses from rap superstars Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels. Anna Kendrick also made an appearance, when the cast took comedic jabs at two film series that she starred in: Pitch Perfect and Twilight.
The video looked like it could’ve been a music video for just about any rapper, but it also featured Stephen, Jon, and the cast members going through a video store, bringing on tons of nostalgia for anyone who might’ve rented the movie from their local Blockbuster when it came out. Along with references that any fan will love, the rap was a fitting tribute to the fantasy classic’s anniversary, and now fans have their own songs to sing out for the 20th anniversary of the movie: “Lord of the Rings is the number one trilly/Ask anybody and they know the dilly.”Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.