History Creator / ViggoMortensen

20th Aug '17 6:10:57 PM darkchiefy
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* SoMyKidsCanWatch: One of the reasons why he agreed to play Aragorn is because his son is a Tolkien fan.
* StarMakingRole: Aragorn is who he is best remembered for.
20th Aug '17 6:10:18 PM darkchiefy
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* FakeNationality: Fake German (with a British accent) in ''Good'', Russian in ''EasternPromises'' (with a Russian accent) and fake Spaniard (speaking Spanish) in ''Alatriste''.
* FatalMethodActing: Fortunately averted in ''[[Film.TheLordOfTheRings The Lord Of The Rings]]'', in which he was at one point pulled under while filming the river scene in ''The Two Towers''.
* TheOtherMarty: Mortensen was cast as Aragorn when ''Lord of the Rings'' had already started filming; Stuart Townsend was originally cast in the role but was deemed too young, while Jackson wanted to keep from having to work with Creator/DanielDayLewis at all, if possible.
17th Aug '17 1:02:24 AM tommy1138
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* ''Film/CaptainFantastic'' (2016)
30th May '17 5:06:44 PM TheFuzzinator
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** In between filming the love scenes for ''Film/APerfectMurder'', he sang Argentinian love songs to calm Gwyneth Paltrow and create an air of intimacy. However, he's fairly sure he just weirded her out.
20th Jan '17 1:18:01 PM Exxolon
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\n->''"I'm just looking as always for something that's stimulating and I hope to find a good story that's a challenge, whether it's big or small. Or that it finds me. I don't have like a career plan. Maybe I should, but I don't."''
14th Dec '16 1:13:50 PM Xtifr
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'''Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.''' (October 20, 1958-) is a Danish-American actor ([[RenaissanceMan and poet, painter, musician, and photographer]]) in New York City. He has been acting in movies since 1985, but is probably best known for his role as Aragorn in Creator/PeterJackson's film version of ''[[Film.TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings]]'' trilogy, a role in which he was cast at the last minute and accepted without having read the books, at the insistence of his son.

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'''Viggo Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.''' Jr. (October 20, 1958-) is a Danish-American actor ([[RenaissanceMan and poet, painter, musician, and photographer]]) in New York City. He has been acting in movies since 1985, but is probably best known for his role as Aragorn in Creator/PeterJackson's film version of ''[[Film.TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings]]'' trilogy, a role in which he was cast at the last minute and accepted without having read the books, at the insistence of his son.
8th Nov '16 4:24:23 PM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Broke his toe, lost a tooth, and nearly drowned while filming ''Lord of the Rings'', did many of his own stunts, was described by legendary swordmaster Bob Anderson as "the best swordsman I've ever trained" (which is saying something in a 50-year career), and kept his sword with him at all times for the duration of the filming. Oh, and slept in the stables in order to bond with his horse. Stabbed himself in the leg while shooting ''Alatriste'', and kept filming, and in ''Fellowship of the Ring'' he deflected a thrown knife with his sword in a ThrowItIn moment. Lurtz was supposed to miss, but the actor's makeup obscured his vision and he wound up throwing it straight at Viggo, which could've seriously injured him.
27th Mar '16 1:15:51 PM lorgskyegon
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** He's also an accomplished equestrian, riding horses in a number of movies as well as in real life. He purchased the two horses he rode in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy and one of the ones from ''{{Film/Hidalgo}}''. He also released a photography book about horses and riders.
6th Sep '15 7:49:35 PM Adept
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* CloudCuckoolander: According to a lot of his co-stars. ElijahWood said that while filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Mortensen called him and left him a five minute rambling voice-mail in a fake German accent. Wood went on to say, "Everyone talks about how much integrity he has and how brilliant he is. And itís true. Heís also completely insane."

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* CloudCuckoolander: According to a lot of his co-stars. ElijahWood Creator/ElijahWood said that while filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Mortensen called him and left him a five minute rambling voice-mail in a fake German accent. Wood went on to say, "Everyone talks about how much integrity he has and how brilliant he is. And itís true. Heís also completely insane."
9th Jan '15 7:10:44 AM Elkhound
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Mortensen grew up in Argentina as well as in New York and lived in his father's native Denmark for several years; he speaks Spanish and Danish fluently.

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Mortensen grew up in Argentina as well as in New York and lived in his father's native Denmark for several years; he speaks Spanish and Danish fluently. (He majored in Spanish at St. Lawrence University in New York because he wanted to be an actor, and figured as a Spanish major he could get good grades without having to study much, which would allow him to be in lots of plays.)
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