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While Mortensen was not a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, his teenage kids (ahem - get it right author!) insisted that he accept the role. In the end, Mortensen's mix of manly athleticism and spirituality made him a perfect match for Aragorn.

'Rings' springboard pays off big for some

By Anne Thompson
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I didn't envy [Mortensen] when he arrived. Viggo walked into a very tense situation, threw himself into his role amazingly and quickly won the respect of everyone on the crew.

Recalling Viggo's first day on set: The filming was going on at the far end of the [Prancing Pony] set when I noticed this figure in a dark hood, smoking a pipe, sitting in another corner of the set altogether. Then I realized: it was Viggo. He wasn't required in the scene, he was just sitting there, observing the vibe, he was actually being Strider, being the outsider, the lonely man in the corner that no one spoke to.

Costa Botes, Video Documentarian
Official Movie Guide

melikes hooded ranger )
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Who knows, perhaps it was because [Viggo] washed and repaired Aragorn's clothes himself that he so perfectly came to inhabit them—to a point, indeed, where the costume seemed almost to blend with his body. [pause] You know, I really do think that particular costume is incredibly beautiful. It seems funny, perhaps, to talk about something that is so worn and broken down, so darned and patched, as being beautiful—but it is to me.

Ngila Dickson
The Making of the Movie Trilogy

Wonder what picture this is? )


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