Original Aragorn?

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  1. Cjg

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    I watched a Primetime special about The Lord of the Ring movies. They mention that Viggo Mortensen wasn't the original actor cast for the role of Aragorn. The original actor was fired on the first day of shooting the FOTR film.

    Anybody know the name of the actor originally cast for Aragorn? :confused:

    Just curious.
     
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    I've been wondering that too.
     
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    Wow, fired on the first day...that would suck! But definetly interesting. I wonder who it was?
     
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    Stuart Townsend...he's actually a great actor...just not exactly Aragorn...
     
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    Yah he's too young and apparently didn't get along too well with PJ
     
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    In one of the extended editions (not sure) they show a short videoclip of stuart townsend as aragorn, I must say, viggo is much better as aragorn.
    Stuart is a good actor tho, just not as aragorn.
     
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    He was in LXG, his character was cool, but the movie stunk.
     
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    Yea he was really good in Queen of the Damned and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
     
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    he was there practising for about 2 months then they sacked him and needed a replacment fast, we actually have to thank viggos son for urging his dad to go and play aragorn.
     
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    They also wanted Daniel Day Lewis to cast in th erole as Aragorn, and Ive always wanted him to play that role, but i think that Vigoo has just nailed the part and daniel day lewis wouldnt have been able to even come close to viggo's work
     
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    i agree, Viggo is THE aragorn. Who else could play him? Viggo was so commited to the role and has that kingly look about him.
     
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    Can you imagine Townsend walking out of PJ's office:

    "Fire me the jerk, well the movie's probably gonna bomb anyway"

    December 19th 2001:
    "Doh!"
     
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    Yeh, on the FotR extended, they were talking about the weapons. They were surprised when the gave Viggo his sword... he was amazed by it, and said... if im going to be slashing things and killing, isnt it going to get dull? he cared so much for it. they incorporated everything on his sheath(scabbard... forgetting which is which), knife, sharpening stone... cleaner... everything. He treated the role of Aragorn very well.
     
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    After seeing LXG, there's no way I could see Steward Townsend as Aragorn. Don't get me wrong, he nailed Dorian on the head, but he just wouldn't work as Aragorn. Daniel Day Lewis would be better, but still not Viggo.
     
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    The real issue was the original actros age. He did not have enough presence to portray Aragorn. Obviously Viggo doesn't look 87 as Aragorn is ( God I'm gonna get flamed if his age is wrong) but seeing him on screen he has the aura of someone who has been around along time. Stu just wasn't getting it done. Imagine a 24 year old Aragorn.
     
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    Did it? Which one? Can anyone point me to it? I've watched all the stuff on the DVDs (some more than once... I'm surprised I have so much free time, but anything for LOTR), and didn't see any clips with Townsend as Aragorn. I remember seeing the bit about Viggo flying over to NZ and try out the costume and start shooting right away and stuff, though.
     
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    links doesn't work, only sends you back to this page :/
     
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    The second link worked for me...
     
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