Willie Nelson plays ‘Stoned Gandalf’ in Conan’s ‘Hobbit’ spoof

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:13 EDT
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Willie Nelson, stoned wizard. Photo: Screenshot via TeamCoco.com.
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Singer and songwriter Willie Nelson made a surprise appearance on Monday night’s episode of “Conan” for a quick spoof of “The Hobbit,” featuring Nelson as “Stoned Gandalf” in a hilarious audition tape for the film’s upcoming sequel.

“Hey, Peter Jackson!” the 80-year-old music legand began. “My name’s Willie Nelson, and I want to audition for the role of Gonduf an’ the wizard in that upcoming movie you’ve got, ‘The Hobbit.’”

The reel features Nelson wearing a pointy hat, holding a cane and smoking a spliff while dropping lines like: “You shall not pass… an unlit joint, man”; “You know, that giant flaming eye is just freaking me the fu*k out”; and, “The smoke is white! We have a new wizard!”

Apart from getting arrested in 2011 at a notorious west Texas narcotics checkpoint, Nelson’s last high-profile appearance in front of cameras came last year on April 20th, when he played “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” for a crowd gathered to witness the unveiling of his statue in downtown Austin in front of the ACL Live Studio.

This video is from TBS’s “Conan,” aired Monday, April 29, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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