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Viggo Mortensen Talks About Getting Cast in The Lord of the Rings, 15 Years Later

23 January 2016 5:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's hard to imagine anyone but Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings films, but once upon a time, someone else was supposed to get the part. Devoted fans probably know that Irish actor Stuart Townsend was originally cast in the film, but days into filming, he exited, and Mortensen stepped in. At an indie actors panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Mortensen opened up about getting the role that eventually catapulted him to A-list status. "I came to [the movie] very late. There was someone who has already been cast, which was a tricky thing. It was a mutual decision - it was nothing personal - that he was too young for the part, so they asked me. I felt funny about that . . . I hadn't read the trilogy. I read The Hobbit. I first said I didn't want to do it. You have to know whether you can, »

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