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No more Viggo?

Sep. 10, 2009by: Niki Stephens

Yesterday the news was that THE ROAD was being pushed back to Thanksgiving, and now Viggo Mortensen might be done with movies for awhile.

Mortensen told Men's Journal, "I have no plans to do another movie. I dont know whats going to happen. Im open to seeing how I feel in a while, but right now Im not saying yes to anything. Is this a joke? He has to come back, right? In the magazine, he talks about how draining and unhealthy it can be do promoting as well as acting. As far as Mortensen is concerned, he's done with it all for the short term. He also recognizes that sometimes when actors take "breaks" they don't always get to come back. I'm sure there's always a place for Viggo though, I mean, who would turn this guy down?

In April, Mortensen spoke with The Times about the same issue, "No more movies. I havent said yes to one in over a year. Ive been in all these well-received movies and it seems like I should be doing some more, but theres other things I want to do. Its not the right time. They asked him if he knew when he might graces us with his presence, to which he took a long pause, sighed, then said, I really dont know.

But will the actor reprise his role as Aragorn? I don't see why he wouldn't, even though Aragorn is pretty young between THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. So will THE ROAD be a good film to leave on? Also what will he do in the meantime? Write another book poetry? Hopefully he won't stay gone for too long.

Extra Tidbit: Mortensen received the scar on his upper lip after scratching his face on a barbed wire fence at a Halloween party.

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2:21PM on 09/11/2009
it is a bad day in movies indeed
it is a bad day in movies indeed
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8:46AM on 09/11/2009

what!!!!

If the man needs a break then take a break but I could have sworn there was suppose to be a sequel to Eastern Promises.I don't see him saying no to David Cronenberg.
If the man needs a break then take a break but I could have sworn there was suppose to be a sequel to Eastern Promises.I don't see him saying no to David Cronenberg.
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5:31AM on 09/11/2009
...this had better be a f***in' misunderstanding, if not an all-out joke.

I mean, how many times did Cary Grant or Fred Astaire SWEAR they were retiring, only to come back to the big screen, again and again, for the rest of their lives?

Even so, Viggo better not be gone long.
...this had better be a f***in' misunderstanding, if not an all-out joke.

I mean, how many times did Cary Grant or Fred Astaire SWEAR they were retiring, only to come back to the big screen, again and again, for the rest of their lives?

Even so, Viggo better not be gone long.
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5:08AM on 09/11/2009
since Aragorn is 87 in Lord of the Rings I don't think it will be an issue of him being in the cast. Also since those scenes probably wont even begin filming until late next year or early 2011 for the second volume.
since Aragorn is 87 in Lord of the Rings I don't think it will be an issue of him being in the cast. Also since those scenes probably wont even begin filming until late next year or early 2011 for the second volume.
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3:11AM on 09/11/2009
This is really old, sad/strange news. He stated before April to another source he was going to "retire". I guess now he'll write poetry, and fly fish for the rest of his life.
This is really old, sad/strange news. He stated before April to another source he was going to "retire". I guess now he'll write poetry, and fly fish for the rest of his life.
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2:54AM on 09/11/2009
he wouldn't have been my first choice for Aragorn but "eastern promises" ruled! What about the sequel?
he wouldn't have been my first choice for Aragorn but "eastern promises" ruled! What about the sequel?
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11:22PM on 09/10/2009
Mortensesn is an oscar caliber actor, I really hope he comes back to movies after his break.
Mortensesn is an oscar caliber actor, I really hope he comes back to movies after his break.
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10:50PM on 09/10/2009

Damn

Viggo is, and continues to be, one of my favourite actors. Whether it's Aragorn in LotR, Nikolai in Eastern Promises or Lucifer in The Prophecy, he's a stunning talent. He will be missed. :(
Viggo is, and continues to be, one of my favourite actors. Whether it's Aragorn in LotR, Nikolai in Eastern Promises or Lucifer in The Prophecy, he's a stunning talent. He will be missed. :(
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9:37PM on 09/10/2009

WTF ?

Don't you dare go to Rap music! Somebody slap some senses into the man. Haven't we learn anything from Joaquin Phoenix?
Don't you dare go to Rap music! Somebody slap some senses into the man. Haven't we learn anything from Joaquin Phoenix?
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8:21PM on 09/10/2009

NOOOOoooo!

I am OK with him wanting to take a break (and possibly not coming back), but I want my Eastern Promises trilogy, dabnabit! He can't dangle such a cool,great character, environment, premise and not further it. Yes, I know Cronenberg needs to be on board but I am shouldering all this on him because of this news. Finish the trilogy (rumored?) and take all the time you want. Seriously, you can't blue-ball me like this! I thought we had an understanding. You make awesome movies and I worship you.
I am OK with him wanting to take a break (and possibly not coming back), but I want my Eastern Promises trilogy, dabnabit! He can't dangle such a cool,great character, environment, premise and not further it. Yes, I know Cronenberg needs to be on board but I am shouldering all this on him because of this news. Finish the trilogy (rumored?) and take all the time you want. Seriously, you can't blue-ball me like this! I thought we had an understanding. You make awesome movies and I worship you. (geekspasm done)
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8:08PM on 09/10/2009

nice to hear...

...if it's true. I guess they'll be taking down his rumored casting in 'A Wing and a Prayer' over at IMDB.

Anyway, more power to him. Unlike some actors he's a well rounded guy. Poetry (as Niki mentioned), photography, painting, etc. etc. He won't be lacking in things to do.
...if it's true. I guess they'll be taking down his rumored casting in 'A Wing and a Prayer' over at IMDB.

Anyway, more power to him. Unlike some actors he's a well rounded guy. Poetry (as Niki mentioned), photography, painting, etc. etc. He won't be lacking in things to do.
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7:31PM on 09/10/2009

afwdg99.....

Aragorn wasn't ever mentioned in The Hobbit right? Why would they have him make a cameo? That would suck if they added that.
Aragorn wasn't ever mentioned in The Hobbit right? Why would they have him make a cameo? That would suck if they added that.
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7:11PM on 09/10/2009

Meh

He's ok...but as soon as one door shuts another one opens. I'd rather see him out the door and three great new actors come in.
He's ok...but as soon as one door shuts another one opens. I'd rather see him out the door and three great new actors come in.
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6:55PM on 09/10/2009

NOOO

Viggo is a great actor and it would be a damn shame for him to stop. I gotta accept his decision because it is HIS decision, but if you're gonna take a break....PLEASE wait until AFTER the Hobbit films, even if it's a cameo appearance.
Viggo is a great actor and it would be a damn shame for him to stop. I gotta accept his decision because it is HIS decision, but if you're gonna take a break....PLEASE wait until AFTER the Hobbit films, even if it's a cameo appearance.
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7:10PM on 09/10/2009
Well, The Hobbit script is already written, he probably wouldnt have pass on the chance to reprise his role, no matter how small it is. So Im guessing, Aragorn wont be in the movies since he aint mentioning anything about it.
Well, The Hobbit script is already written, he probably wouldnt have pass on the chance to reprise his role, no matter how small it is. So Im guessing, Aragorn wont be in the movies since he aint mentioning anything about it.
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6:32PM on 09/10/2009
I like Viggo. He's given us some gold. Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and I'm without a doubt that The Road will live up to a lot of standards. If he wants to take a break I say go for it. He probably wants to spend more time with his horses. Who wouldn't?
I like Viggo. He's given us some gold. Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and I'm without a doubt that The Road will live up to a lot of standards. If he wants to take a break I say go for it. He probably wants to spend more time with his horses. Who wouldn't?
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6:01PM on 09/10/2009

I can respect that

Viggo and Dave Chappelle pull back but Rumor Willis and Katherine Heigl keep on truckin'? Dear jesus, where is the justice?
Viggo and Dave Chappelle pull back but Rumor Willis and Katherine Heigl keep on truckin'? Dear jesus, where is the justice?
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5:51PM on 09/10/2009

Wow

I had no idea promoting and acting could be so draining and unhealthy. Imagine how people who do manual labor 40 plus hours a week must feel.
I had no idea promoting and acting could be so draining and unhealthy. Imagine how people who do manual labor 40 plus hours a week must feel.
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5:19PM on 09/10/2009

Well

HOWARD STERN broke that story this morning....
HOWARD STERN broke that story this morning....
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5:15PM on 09/10/2009
Viggo's been saying this for a while. Hope he doesn't mean. As far as I know, he's signed for the second Hobbit film, so... who knows. On another not, Niki's writing has been improving. Very commendable.
Viggo's been saying this for a while. Hope he doesn't mean. As far as I know, he's signed for the second Hobbit film, so... who knows. On another not, Niki's writing has been improving. Very commendable.
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