29 February 2012

Viggo Mortensen’s ‘Hobbit’ Interview

Viggo Mortensen was interviewed by The Boston Phoenix earlier today. Mortensen, who played Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, will not be reprising his role in the upcoming Hobbit films.

I understand they’re doing two [Hobbit] movies. Now they may be doing two in order to be able to tell the whole story. I’ve heard the same rumors you probably have that the idea was to do some sort of bridge between “The Hobbit,” and – you know there’s a 60 odd year time span between the end of “The Hobbit” and the beginning of “The Lord of the Rings.” So they could feasibly have done that, since Aragorn lives much longer than humans do, being part Elf and all that. Sure, if it seemed like something they wanted to do, I guess I would have done it, and it would have been fun.
I really enjoyed working with New Zealanders as crew members, as teammates. They’re great, and it’s a beautiful country. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I’ve traveled quite a bit. It just has so many things. It’s a good feeling being there. I have fun with  most of the people that work on “Lord of the Rings,” too. Like the ones that did get to go back, some were obviously central to “The Hobbit.” Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Cate Blanchett and I guess Elijah went back for a small part, and Orlando Bloom as well. I know that they had a good time and so forth.
I go back there [New Zealand] occasionally. I have friends there, and go back there when I can. It would have been nice to have work, but apart from going back to New Zealand, I don’t have a strong contact with the filmmakers, but I do see a few of the actors here and there once in a while. It’s something that was an important part of all of our lives, and I have fond memories of it. If it would have been possible I would have returned [for the new movies.] But I don’t really feel – I mean nostalgia, in a sense. I have for many experiences, for many people I’ve known and places I’ve been. But I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel like suddenly it’s over now, or something. It was over when we finished it. I look forward to seeing what they do with it. I’ll be fun to see some the way they’ve adapted that book.

Unfortunately, at this point it’s highly unlikely that Mortensen will return to New Zealand to reprise his role as Aragorn, despite the return of many other Lord of the Rings cast members, such as Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, and even Elijah Wood, who will play only a minor role in the film.


  1. Hey!
    I haven't commented in some time but I'm back again :) Just know I've been reading! His interview seems a bit bland, like no excitement LOL. I guess it was just a movie for him but it's my favorite!! Anyway, I heard some actors really stayed close and others didn't. For example, Elijah Wood has a good contact with the filmmakers and he meets up with some other actors some times. Maybe I'm just reading this interview differently :)

    Also, your blog is the best LOTR blog I've come across. The information is great for a Tolkien fan and I'm thinking of ways to spread the word: Facebook, my blog, yeah! Anyway, I hope you have a good day, thinking of more information to write. We're all reading!

    1. Haha! Perhaps his feelings were hurt? So many other cast members have returned, but his character was far too young to have any sort of role in the film. I've always wondered if Viggo remains in close contact with the other cast/crew members; he just seems like such a busy guy.

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I try my best to provide as much interesting and accurate information as I can, so it's very encouraging to hear that I'm doing a good job!

  2. Yeah, I think his feelings were hurt :( because Frodo wasn't born either but he has a small scene in it. And from what I heard and read, Frodo just kept in touch with some actors and the filmmakers. Same thing with other actors. I did read/hear that Viggo isn't in close contact. He even said in the interview that he sees them once in a while! He's a nice guy but I was kinda disappointed because when you act in a movie like that, you're meant to be in close contact in case anything happens in the future! As I said before, Frodo didn't have to be there, but when you have solid connections, they can make room for you LOL. It's like life. If I met and talked to Bill Gates at a function, I'll make sure I'm emailing him at least once a month :) You never know if a job or an invite to something may come out of that. OK I'll stop rambling but this is a learning process for even me! I mean Viggo is still doing well. I guess he's just hurt that he may have missed his opportunity to be in another timeless LOTR movie :)

    1. I'm sure he's disappointed he can't work with his old friends and reprise such an amazing role again. At the same time, I think it's a bit easier to work Frodo's character into the films than Aragorn's (though it's not impossible).

      It's a shame he won't be involved (even a cameo would be nice!), but he's done so many other amazing things post-LOTR, so at least his career is in good shape.

  3. Haha, Viggo seems like such a low-key guy. Though why he wouldn't keep close contact with PJ I can't understand.

  4. How is Frodo's character easier to work into the films? Xagzan's comment is right on. Keep in touch, Viggo :)



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