The über talented Viggo Mortensen turns 53 today. Wow, he certainly doesn’t look like he’s hit the big 5-0!
The Danish-American actor had quite a worldly upbringing as his family traveled quite a bit and he spent several years living in Venezuela, Argentina and Denmark, hence his multilingual ability. According to his Wiki page, he speaks fluent English, Danish and Spanish; he is also conversational in French and Italian, and understands Norwegian and Swedish. OH MY! As if that weren’t impressive enough, he’s also an accomplished painter, poet, photographer, as well as a jazz musician, he apparently has released several albums. Seriously, I don’t know where he even found time for acting as he also runs a publishing company, Perceval Press, which publish the works of little-known artists and authors.
Some people really do have it all. Viggo is obviously VERY easy on the eyes with that high cheekbones cut like glass and those soulful eyes… but he’s also meticulous about his craft, and that includes acting. He’s been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe and Bafta for his role in Eastern Promises, as well as other kudos for his performance in The Road and of course The Lord of the Rings.
I have to admit that post LOTR, his movies have been too dark/violent/depressing though I still might give History of Violence and The Road a watch at some point. I was really curious to see Eastern Promises but after reading some reviews and seeing a couple of clips, I don’t think I could handle it. I’m curious about A Dangerous Method however, where Viggo is almost unrecognizable as Sigmund Freud!
He’s played a variety of roles in his film career, but I feel like he hasn’t played a villain before. Yes he’s played some flawed antiheroes but I thought it’d be interesting to see him as a full-on bad guy. Hence I cast him in my third Untitled Sci-Fi Pitch as not only a quintessential villain but a non-human one! Yep, I cast him as an alien being called Damien, who’s the Commander in Chief of a planet called Bhumi. I just think his charisma and quiet grace would lend to an intriguing and complex villain who’s ruthless ambition could be very, very dangerous. If you haven’t read it already, click on the link and let me know what you think 🙂
Now, as the title of my post suggest, Viggo will always be Aragorn to me. Every time I saw LOTR, I truly can’t imagine the-originally-cast Stuart Townsend in the role of a gritty but compassionate leader like Aragorn. Even amongst the fantastic cast that Peter Jackson has assembled, Viggo’s performance still stands out and fully deserving its ‘icon’ status (he received the EMPIRE magazine Icon Award as Aragorn, presented by Boromir himself, er I meant Sean Bean).
So in honor of his birthday today, I thought I’d post some of my favorite Aragorn scenes… a mix of his tough warrior side as well as the tender, romantic side as Arwen’s devoted lover.
“Become who you are born to be.”
Aragorn’s Battle Speech – Extended Scene
Aragorn with Arwen
I thought I’d include this behind-the-scene clip of how Viggo got cast in LOTR as they’ve started filming. I’ve heard it several time over but I’m still flabbergasted by the story that he almost turned it down!! I’m forever thankful to his son Henry for compelling his dad to take the role.
Behind the Scene – Casting Aragorn
Well folks, why don’t you join me in my birthday tribute to Viggo by telling me your favorite Viggo Mortensen role… and of course you can share your thoughts about Aragorn as well.