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Viggo Mortensen declined to reprise his role as Aragorn in The Hobbit trilogy

May. 29, 2013by: Alex Maidy

When Peter Jackson originally announced that THE HOBBIT would be broken into three films we were all left wondering how he planned to pad the story to fill that much running time. Aa we saw with THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, Jackson has stretched the material so far and appears to be back-filling the second and third film with other writings from J.R.R. Tolkien. This year's THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG will feature the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas along with Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, and Hugo Weaving. One character absent is Aragon.

I never considered having Viggo Mortensen appear in the story since Aragon was human and did not have the lifespan of these magical beings. But, you never know what could have been planned. In fact, it does turn out Mortensen was asked to appear in the films but chose not to take part. Here is what Mortensen told The Guardian:

"Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested. I said, 'You do know, don't you, that Aragorn isn't in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'

From the sounds of it, Mortensen had no desire to come back for further adventures in Middle-Earth. Even as a cameo, an adult Aragon would have to be shoe-horned into the plot and many fans would likely have seen right through that ploy to get fans of the actor back in theaters. Mortensen continued to say:

"I'm interested in seeing that world again, and seeing what Peter Jackson's done, how he's made use of the improvements in special effects and cameras and the different way of shooting, which will probably enhance the visual aspect of the experience, the sound also," he explained. "And I'm interested in seeing how he's managed to make three movies out of a relatively slim volume…Jackson is a clever person – I'm sure he'll have done something really interesting with it."

Mortensen has been working steadily with David Cronenberg, Walter Salles, John Hillcoat, and others while still working on his poetry and art. Mortensen also recently completed a screenplay adapting Mari Sandoz's novel The Horsecatcher, a story of a Cheyenne Indian boy who must kill a man as a rite of passage, a story he hopes to direct as well.

Hopefully, THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG will move with a quicker page than AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and not feel like a padded way to spread the box office over three release dates. We will find out on December 13, 2013.

Source: IndieWire

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3:00PM on 05/29/2013
It's all good, he probably made a good decision, wouldn't want him forced in there. Btw I thought the first Hobbit was spectacular!
It's all good, he probably made a good decision, wouldn't want him forced in there. Btw I thought the first Hobbit was spectacular!
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3:09PM on 05/29/2013

am i missing something?

Doesn't the extended addition & books reference that Aragon is actually hundreds of years old?
Doesn't the extended addition & books reference that Aragon is actually hundreds of years old?
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5:06PM on 05/29/2013
In the EE of TTT he says to Arwen that he's 87. I maybe be wrong on the exact number, but it's definitively in the 80s.
In the EE of TTT he says to Arwen that he's 87. I maybe be wrong on the exact number, but it's definitively in the 80s.
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3:12PM on 05/29/2013
Except that Aragorn is 87 during the events of LOTR (due to his Dunedain lineage, he lives to be over 120, if memory serves) so he would be about 27 during the events of the Hobbit. Sure he wasn't in the novel, but considering Jackson is fitting in all the appendices to help with the inconsistencies between Hobbit and LOTR to make them feel more alike in tone and in content Aragorn could make some sort of cameo. Even as an unnamed ranger during the battle of 5 armies at the end of the story, he
Except that Aragorn is 87 during the events of LOTR (due to his Dunedain lineage, he lives to be over 120, if memory serves) so he would be about 27 during the events of the Hobbit. Sure he wasn't in the novel, but considering Jackson is fitting in all the appendices to help with the inconsistencies between Hobbit and LOTR to make them feel more alike in tone and in content Aragorn could make some sort of cameo. Even as an unnamed ranger during the battle of 5 armies at the end of the story, he could make an appearance. I get why he said no though.
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3:18PM on 05/29/2013

Aragorn's age

For the record... Aragorn is supposed to be a human of Nmenrean descent and because of that, he is 87 years old during the events of the The Lord of the Rings. He was approximately 10 years old during the events of The Hobbit, so don't be surprised if the character appears in part 2 or 3.
For the record... Aragorn is supposed to be a human of Nmenrean descent and because of that, he is 87 years old during the events of the The Lord of the Rings. He was approximately 10 years old during the events of The Hobbit, so don't be surprised if the character appears in part 2 or 3.
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3:21PM on 05/29/2013
Loved the Hobbit so much, but it was a small miracle Jackson got as many role reprisals as he did. Viggo is great, but he's not integral. Plus, is it just me or has that man aged terribly?
Loved the Hobbit so much, but it was a small miracle Jackson got as many role reprisals as he did. Viggo is great, but he's not integral. Plus, is it just me or has that man aged terribly?
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4:03PM on 05/29/2013

class act

Glad to see he has some integrity.

Really wasn't a fan of the hobbit. Just feels that what he is doing is so unnecessary. He done lotrs so much justice and it just feels like the hobbit is all about him and the studio making cash. I get all movies are made to make a profit but when it comes to lotr he got it perfect and you knew it was his dream project to get it made and tell the story the right way. I was down with two movies but after the trilogy got announced it really put me off.
Glad to see he has some integrity.

Really wasn't a fan of the hobbit. Just feels that what he is doing is so unnecessary. He done lotrs so much justice and it just feels like the hobbit is all about him and the studio making cash. I get all movies are made to make a profit but when it comes to lotr he got it perfect and you knew it was his dream project to get it made and tell the story the right way. I was down with two movies but after the trilogy got announced it really put me off. Will wait to watch part two on bluray, unless the reviews are outstanding. But i doubt they will be.
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4:06PM on 05/29/2013
Great to see that he didnt do it just for the cash. Love every project he's in
Great to see that he didnt do it just for the cash. Love every project he's in
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4:10PM on 05/29/2013

LotR takes place 60 years after The Hobbit

so it's entirely possible that a 27year-old Aragorn could be in The Hobbit. I was wondering if Peter Jackson was going to reference the Thorongil storyline in the 2nd and 3rd movies (FYI: Aragorn fought for Gondor under an assumed name during Denethor's father's time. He was so good that many Gondorians wanted him to succeed Ecthelion, thinking he'd make a better steward than Denethor. Aragorn AKA Thorongil declined the honour and disappeared, but that storyline could have set the stage for
so it's entirely possible that a 27year-old Aragorn could be in The Hobbit. I was wondering if Peter Jackson was going to reference the Thorongil storyline in the 2nd and 3rd movies (FYI: Aragorn fought for Gondor under an assumed name during Denethor's father's time. He was so good that many Gondorians wanted him to succeed Ecthelion, thinking he'd make a better steward than Denethor. Aragorn AKA Thorongil declined the honour and disappeared, but that storyline could have set the stage for Denethor's eventual madness).

I understand why Viggo turned it down, but I would have loved to have seen him in The Hobbit.
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4:14PM on 05/29/2013

Aragorn doesnt age like normal Humans!Aragorn might still be alive during the time of Hobbit,probably as a child or baby!

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4:29PM on 05/29/2013
Good man.
Good man.
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4:45PM on 05/29/2013

Not Surprising

He came into LotR having not read the books and having little interest in the story at the time. He states in an interview that it was really his son that was into the stories and in the end it was because of that that he took the roll of Aragorn. While you can see he's a big fan now a days he is clearly not a big enough one to needlessly shoe horn his character into these new movies.
He came into LotR having not read the books and having little interest in the story at the time. He states in an interview that it was really his son that was into the stories and in the end it was because of that that he took the roll of Aragorn. While you can see he's a big fan now a days he is clearly not a big enough one to needlessly shoe horn his character into these new movies.
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6:33PM on 05/29/2013
Well, to clarify,

He had no interest and almost turned down the roll of Aragorn in LortR. He was only cast cause PJ and co felt they had originally cast too young for the roll and approached Viggo at litterally beyond the last minute (i believe they were already 1 month into shooting). Viggo takes the roll basically cause of how cool his son thinks it would be for his dad to play Aragorn. Viggo had little to no back ground on the books prior to taking the roll signifying that he was not much
Well, to clarify,

He had no interest and almost turned down the roll of Aragorn in LortR. He was only cast cause PJ and co felt they had originally cast too young for the roll and approached Viggo at litterally beyond the last minute (i believe they were already 1 month into shooting). Viggo takes the roll basically cause of how cool his son thinks it would be for his dad to play Aragorn. Viggo had little to no back ground on the books prior to taking the roll signifying that he was not much of a fan.

In the span of shooting the LotR trilogy he becomes a fan and very respectful of Tolkien and his works, this comes through in the special features of the extended editions. He also praises PJ's additions of things like the love story between Aragorn and Arwin which came from the appendices because it made sense and fit well.

Now PJ starts to shoot the Hobbit trilogy, which will obviously borrow heavily from the appendices to fill out the latter 2 films, and a producer thinks "hey i bet more ppl would come to see this and we'd make more money if we found a way to fit Aragorn in here somewhere." and approaches Viggo about it. Viggo, while a big fan and would probably enjoy a reprisal, understands that there is not enough justification there to have the character apear and turns down the chance.

In other words he doesn't seem to care about the quick buck he'd make by even making a cameo in a roll he'd like to play again if it means shoehorning it in to make said quick buck. Which is classy of Viggo. Hence the green bar.
5:10PM on 05/29/2013
agree with gr689, your position makes no sense. not being a big enough fan would likely be why he would have reprised his role, because he isn't a big enough fan to know or respect the fact that the character doesn't belong in it. understanding that Aragon wouldn't fit into the Hobbit reveals that he is a big enough fan to know and understand the dynamics of the character and the story.
agree with gr689, your position makes no sense. not being a big enough fan would likely be why he would have reprised his role, because he isn't a big enough fan to know or respect the fact that the character doesn't belong in it. understanding that Aragon wouldn't fit into the Hobbit reveals that he is a big enough fan to know and understand the dynamics of the character and the story.
4:55PM on 05/29/2013
Not quite understanding where you stand on the matter....you say "he is clearly not a big enough one to needlessly shoe horn his character into these new movies" ....just a funny statement to make, are you being sarcastic??
Not quite understanding where you stand on the matter....you say "he is clearly not a big enough one to needlessly shoe horn his character into these new movies" ....just a funny statement to make, are you being sarcastic??
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4:53PM on 05/29/2013

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I have to agree with him on not reprising his role....The thing he left out is that the three movie thing is a crappy CASH GRAB!! Regardless of whether or not its THE HOBBIT, he can see right through a studio attempt at ruining a movie for money. I liked The Hobbit but I'm really concerned with about this 3 picture thing too. Its just flat out ridiculous...two was pushing it, then they go ahead and go to three??? Wise movie Viggo!!
I have to agree with him on not reprising his role....The thing he left out is that the three movie thing is a crappy CASH GRAB!! Regardless of whether or not its THE HOBBIT, he can see right through a studio attempt at ruining a movie for money. I liked The Hobbit but I'm really concerned with about this 3 picture thing too. Its just flat out ridiculous...two was pushing it, then they go ahead and go to three??? Wise movie Viggo!!
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5:14PM on 05/29/2013

Good for him.

Why tarnish the legacy he created with the original trilogy? He is one of the rare actors that is not totally motivated by money, and I'm sure he could have received a king's ransom (pun fully intended) to appear. The Hobbit series thus far is just not living up to the Lord of the Rings standard. Hearing that Jackson has taken to drawing from unrelated Tolkien mythology to flesh out the films does not inspire confidence. The Hobbit would have made ONE kickass movie. Three is a stretch at best.
Why tarnish the legacy he created with the original trilogy? He is one of the rare actors that is not totally motivated by money, and I'm sure he could have received a king's ransom (pun fully intended) to appear. The Hobbit series thus far is just not living up to the Lord of the Rings standard. Hearing that Jackson has taken to drawing from unrelated Tolkien mythology to flesh out the films does not inspire confidence. The Hobbit would have made ONE kickass movie. Three is a stretch at best.
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5:57PM on 05/29/2013

It's AragoRn

Always swore I'd never be the nerd to point something that trivial out but round about the 3rd incorrect name reference it grated too much to ignore
Always swore I'd never be the nerd to point something that trivial out but round about the 3rd incorrect name reference it grated too much to ignore
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6:52AM on 05/30/2013
Can't hit "thumbs up" often enough on this!
Can't hit "thumbs up" often enough on this!
7:14PM on 05/29/2013
Oh man. I thought that he was talking about that kid with the dragons.
Oh man. I thought that he was talking about that kid with the dragons.
7:06PM on 05/29/2013
"This year's THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG will feature the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas along with Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, and Orlando Bloom." It just wouldn't be the return of Orlando Bloom without Orlando Bloom now, would it?
"This year's THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG will feature the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas along with Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, and Orlando Bloom." It just wouldn't be the return of Orlando Bloom without Orlando Bloom now, would it?
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7:20PM on 05/29/2013
Doctor Strange!
Doctor Strange!
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7:28PM on 05/29/2013

I'm tired of hearing the term

I understand that there are quite a few jaded people around... especially after An Unexpected Journey, but just take a look at the kind of person Jackson is. Once he gets his hands around a project that he really loves, he puts everything he has into it. I don't want to make accusations, but looking at his past projects he has always tried to put as much (sometimes too much) as he can into it.

Of course the studios were all for turning it into three films for the extra money, but most
I understand that there are quite a few jaded people around... especially after An Unexpected Journey, but just take a look at the kind of person Jackson is. Once he gets his hands around a project that he really loves, he puts everything he has into it. I don't want to make accusations, but looking at his past projects he has always tried to put as much (sometimes too much) as he can into it.

Of course the studios were all for turning it into three films for the extra money, but most likely this is what Jackson wanted because these are the movies he wants to see. [end rant] Would've liked to have seen Viggo's slow-growing beard again, but it will still be fine without him.
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7:06AM on 05/30/2013

About those 60 years and the Timeline in general....

Lest we forget, PJ already scrapped the 17 years between Bilbo's party (TA 3001) and the departure of the Ring from the Shire (TA 3018) in LOTR itself. So did the party occur 60 years or 77 years after The Hobbit (TA 2941)? Well, according to Aragorn in the extended scene with Eowyn, he's 87 years old (which is how old he was in THE BOOK at the time the ring left the shire, that is TA 3018). Eh, that's enough on that...the fact that PJ fucked up the 17 year gap throws a monkey wrench into
Lest we forget, PJ already scrapped the 17 years between Bilbo's party (TA 3001) and the departure of the Ring from the Shire (TA 3018) in LOTR itself. So did the party occur 60 years or 77 years after The Hobbit (TA 2941)? Well, according to Aragorn in the extended scene with Eowyn, he's 87 years old (which is how old he was in THE BOOK at the time the ring left the shire, that is TA 3018). Eh, that's enough on that...the fact that PJ fucked up the 17 year gap throws a monkey wrench into EVERYTHING.

Aragorn was born in TA 2931 *TEN* years before the events in "The Hobbit" (TA 2941). Depending on how you do the math, with PJ fucking up the 17 year gap, Aragorn would have been either:
1) A 10 year old boy, living in Rivendell
2) A 27 year old man, using the name "Thorongil" and serving in the army of King Thengel of Rohan
3) Not yet born (7 years prior to his birth)

None of these 3 makes ANY sense to include the *54* year old actor reprising his role for The Hobbit.
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1:06PM on 05/30/2013
Viggo Mortensen should have won an Oscar for playing Aragorn, the man was phenomenal.
Viggo Mortensen should have won an Oscar for playing Aragorn, the man was phenomenal.
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4:08PM on 05/30/2013

Good call by him

Theres no reason to have him in a cameo roll, and the movie should be focused more on the Hobbit and not bringing back all the big names from LoTR
Theres no reason to have him in a cameo roll, and the movie should be focused more on the Hobbit and not bringing back all the big names from LoTR
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4:45PM on 05/30/2013
He said Aragorn was human and didn't have the life span to be in both films! ATTACK, NERDS! JOIN ME IN BATTLE!
He said Aragorn was human and didn't have the life span to be in both films! ATTACK, NERDS! JOIN ME IN BATTLE!
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