Barely recognizable in a grey hood and dirt-stained face, he is seen in the foreground with Luke Evans’ Bard The Bowman just visible in the behind him.
The uploader describes the picture thus: ‘I was reading the end credits for Desolation of Smaug and saw that Stephen Colbert was one of the Laketown Spies…so I thought I’d see for myself.’
Colbert has previously had Hobbit stars Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis; and director Peter Jackson on his show The Colbert Report.
He had teased his appearance in the blockbuster last year in an interview with Playboy.
Stephen said: ‘Peter Jackson invited me to the set last year. I flew out and watched them shoot some scenes and went to some locations.
‘I saw a 25-minute cut, and it was amazing. Jackson knows I’m a big fan of the films.’
When asked: ‘Are you telling us you’re in the Hobbit movie?’ he responded, ‘Could be.’
By Sarah Deen