28 November 2011

No 'Hobbit' for Viggo Mortensen

Actor Viggo Mortensen recently told Movies.com that he would not be reprising the role of Aragorn in the upcoming Hobbit films.

 “At one point, the producers asked if I would do it and I said sure, if Aragorn is supposed to be in the bridge story, because he’s not in The Hobbit,” Mortensen said. “But I’ve never been asked and they’re shooting the movie. I’m not in it unless there is some last-minute plan they have, but I thought I would have heard of it by now.”

“Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett shot something, but they’re elves and don’t change as rapidly,” he explained. “As you know, Aragorn is half elf and also lives a couple hundred years or more and he could be in a bridge, but I have to assume it isn’t going to happen.”

Other cast members who are reprising their Lord of the Rings roles include Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis and Orlando Bloom.

And though he may not be reprising the role of Aragorn in The Hobbit films – which are slated for release in December 2012 and December 2013 – Mortensen is thankful for the opportunity to have played such an important character.

"That was an important period in my life. And I will always be grateful that the trilogy was so successful and gave me a lot of new opportunities. I never would have gotten A History of Violence, no matter how much David [Cronenberg] wanted me, had it not been for my newfound notoriety.”

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