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his book, Recent Forgeries, Viggo Mortensen says,
"Even if you produce stuff that's interesting to nobody but yourself,
the activity justifies itself. Making things is a way of finding
out." In the spirit of Mortensen’s words, I have written this
ebook as my own way of finding out about him.
As I read more about him, my curiosity
grows even more. His character of Aragorn made me want to take a look, but
it is what I read of him that has kept me interested, and thus, the result
is this compilation of the many sides of Viggo Mortensen.
One pleasant surprise about him is that
he is a true artist, in his many forms--in motion pictures, poetry,
paintings, photographs, music, and in simply being himself. He
immerses himself in many types of art forms. While this may be a
large part of who he is, it is only one segment of who he is. Thus,
this ebook will look into uncovering Viggo Mortensen from various angles.
So when did I first find out about Viggo
Mortensen? I discovered him in February 2003, a year later than
everyone else. Because I was interested in seeing the movies
nominated for the 2003 Academy Awards, I went to see Two Towers as
one of the few who had not seen Fellowship of the Ring. As I
watched, I kept wondering what actor was playing the part of Aragorn
because his screen presence got my attention. He could not be
ignored. Instead, he made me curious. To begin my search of
finding out about him, I went straight to Blockbuster after Two Towers ended and rented Fellowship, the extended version. I liked it
so much I had my husband sit down and watch with me, because I felt he had
to see the movie also, and because it’s one of those excellent movies to
share with a loved one.
Fellowship and Two Towers turned out to be a "Viggo moment" for me,
that is, an interesting moment to be "open to" and not let slip
by without first digesting it. After seeing the movies and after learning
more about this interesting man, I am happy to have become a Viggo
So what was my initial impression of
Mortensen? He is one of many actors in Hollywood who has been
working for years in many movies and has remained relatively undiscovered
by fans. That is, he hasn’t landed that role that catapults him
into a celebrated actor because of an identifiable role. Viggo
Mortensen was such an actor, but because of the success of the Lord of
the Rings movies, he has become not only a favorite actor, but also a
recognized talent who plays an important role in the success of Lord of
the Rings. Thus, movie fans, even late ones like myself, have
How has he proven that his contribution
to the Lord of the Rings movies strengthens the emotional impact
and visual effect of these excellent movies? When he was offered the
job to play Aragorn, he knew he wasn’t the first choice to play the
part. He was to replace the younger actor who was initially hired because
it turned out that Peter Jackson, the director, wanted an older
actor. Mortensen reiterates this when he says, "It is more a
problem of age than anything else. Aragorn is older; it was a small
mistake in casting. The character is clearly older. Aragorn
has many years, you know, and to look like this was easier for
me." The shooting had already gone for two months in New
Zealand where Jackson is based, and where he shot all three movies in an
unparalleled fifteen months from 1999 – 2000.
When Mortensen was asked to play the
Aragorn role, he reveals his reaction to the request and he reveals who
was responsible for encouraging him to take the role. He says,
"When they first asked me, the question was, ‘Do you want to leave
for New Zealand tomorrow?’ I knew they had already been there for
some months, which wasn't good. I knew I wouldn't have time to
prepare and I hadn't read the book. There were plenty of reasons not
to go. I didn't feel I could do a good job and I didn't want to be
away from my son for that length of time. But my son was familiar
with the books, he talked about them with his school friends and he knew
about the character of Aragorn. He said, 'Oh, that's pretty
cool. You should do that.'" In another interview,
Mortensen remembers, "Henry asked, ‘What character?’ And I had to
look at what I had written down and I said, ‘Strider?’ And he
goes, 'That’s great. He’s cool.'" Because of his son’s
encouragement and enthusiasm, Mortensen took the role because he didn't
want to "regret not doing it." Thanks to Henry for
urging his father to take the role. The fact Mortensen shows up late
in the shooting period proves how he has transformed his character into a
successful addition to the Lord of the Rings.
For us fans, we are fortunate he accepted
the role. Viggo Mortensen’s character of Aragorn is a
"defining" role. While there may be many actors who can
play the part of Aragorn, it is hard to envision another actor doing this
role. Why is this the case? Because Mortensen "fits"
Aragorn and vice versa. Mortensen himself says, "I walked
barefoot and rarely changed clothes, but instead wore my Aragorn attire
even when I had time off. I often slept under the open sky and
learned a lot by playing Aragorn. Parts of his personality have
become part of me." Mortensen further clarifies what parts of
Aragorn's personality he can recognize as similar to his own. He adds,
"I found that he, too, had misgivings and was hiding something.
You use what you can as an actor. And the fact that he was someone
seemingly as brave and honorable and self-sacrificing as he was, but, at
times, also so plagued by doubt and insecurity about what others—and he
himself—might expect of him, I thought, 'Well, yeah, I can relate to
that.'" For Mortensen, his eminent role in the Lord of the
Rings "had" to be recognized. Take his interpretation
out and a large foundation of the trilogy loses power.
Not only that, Mortensen's visual
presence engages the viewer intellectually and emotionally. He is
exciting to watch with his wet, unkempt hair, and ranger costume as he
leaps into action or as he portrays those special, quiet moments.
In addition to discovering him in Lord
of the Rings, I am also learning more about him from his earlier
movies. Playing catch-up has been time well spent because watching
Mortensen go from role to role is like watching an artist delve into
creating art, and at the same time, as he forms his roles, he grows and
excels in his craft. But most of all, he is an actor who is simply
enjoyable to watch. That is, his presence "gives" to his
movies rather than "take away" from them.
No matter what character he is playing,
he has a romantic bearing about him. According to the Oxford American
Dictionary, the word, "romantic," is defined as "appealing
to the emotions by its imaginative or heroic or picturesque
quality." Added to this definition should include how Mortensen
also has a "language quality." He speaks English, Spanish, and
Danish fluently. This in itself is romantic enough. Furthermore, the word,
"romantic," when referring to music or literature, is defined as
"richly imaginative, not conforming to classical conventions."
This applies to Mortensen, especially if you’ve listened to his poetry
readings with the musical backgrounds. Whether he is in a movie,
reading aloud a poem, having shows of his paintings and photographs, the
romantic element Mortensen adds to the screen and the artistic expressions
he shares along the way are a welcome addition to our intellectual and
emotional curiosity. This is supported by what others say about him:
"Critics find in him a romantic waiting to be released."
The romantic has been released.
Thus, this ebook has been written not only to find out about Viggo
Mortensen, but also to make it easier for his fans to uncover who he is.
ebook has been divided into the following chapters: The first chapter will be about Mortensen’s own words about
Aragorn. The second chapter will be about what his costars and colleagues
say about him. The third chapter will focus on his own words on his Lord of the
Rings costars, crew and on himself. The fourth chapter will reveal his views on working on Lord of
the Rings. The fifth will discuss his many artistic sides—actor, poet,
photographer, painter, musician—and will also include his own views as
an artist. The sixth will look into him as a family man. The seventh will reveal a glimpse into his daily life. The eighth will touch upon his family background and his early
acting career. The ninth will reveal his motivations for choosing Hidalgo and his experiences in this movie. The tenth will uncover his feelings about A History Of Violence and the eleventh will give his views on various topics including love,
acting, and happiness.
So when the question is asked, "Who
is Viggo Mortensen?" This ebook will tackle this question as
part of an ongoing journey for the need to "discover."
Why? Because as Mortensen says, the joy of simply "finding out
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Of The Ring: Watch From Another Angle
Why do you
like this movie so much? This article explains
what to look for to enjoy this movie from a whole new
angle. You will discover the director's many purposes
for scenes, actions, dialogue and other details. Most of
all, you will enjoy watching Viggo Mortensen in a whole, new
Towers: Watch From Another
Watch this popular movie from another
level. You will discover why this movie
flies off the screen like Viggo Mortensen's battle
scenes. Or why this movie also succeeds at the human,
emotional, and quiet level. You will find that there is
more than one way to appreciate this excellent movie.
The King: Watch From A
You've watched this movie and enjoyed it. Now, you are
looking for a new way to appreciate it. Find out why you
are compelled by the Viggo Mortensen scenes. Watch and listen again to Aragorn in repeated scenes
and dialogue, but this time from a new perspective.
Enjoy From Artistic
many scenes once again where you can appreciate Viggo Mortensen's
talent. Watch him not from a distance, but from a much closer,
artistic angle. Imagine yourself from his
position and why you would sign up to do this
movie. Another way to get to know him!
Of Violence: View The Many Levels
reveals why he chose to do this movie. Uncover him as a good, loving
father in an iconic town, his unraveling secrets, and his hopes for
his family and the future. View Viggo from these many
Viggo Mortensen Poetry Reading
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Mr. Mortensen as himself in a poetry reading setting! This article is my account of my trip to Los Angeles
for the “3 Fools 4 April” reading that included Mr.
Mortensen, Henry Mortensen, and Scott Wannberg at Beyond Baroque on April 1,
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