The Lord Of The Rings : October 20: Happy Birthday Viggo Mortensen

October 20: Happy Birthday Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortenson turns 58 today. He made his film debut in a small role in Peter Weir’s Witness. In the 1990s he kept very busy, sometimes making as many as five films in a year, generally in supporting roles which grew larger as the decade went on. He appeared in a pair of military action thrillers, Crimson Tide and G. I. Jane, and a pair of Hitchcock remakes, Gus Van Sant’s Psycho and Andrew Davis’s A Perfect Murder (pretty much Dial M for Murder with a few details changed).

In 1999, Mortensen was offered the chance to replace Stuart Townsend in a major role in a fantasy film trilogy to be filmed in New Zealand. He might not have accepted the part had his son not been a Tolkien enthusiast:

After his success as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mortensen might have gone on to become a major action hero, but except for Hidalgo he hasn’t done so. He has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films over the past dozen years or so. In particular, his three films with David Cronenberg—A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method—have brought him a number of accolades, including an Oscar nomination and a pair of Golden Globe nominations. He has also found time over the course of his career to publish several volumes of poetry and photography.

Re: October 20: Happy Birthday Viggo Mortensen

Happy birthday Aragon and also happy birthday to Tom Petty.

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