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Viggo Mortensen Says He Turned Down 'The Hobbit,' Gearing Up Directorial Debut With 'The Horsecatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 11:18 AM
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There are few actors around as discerning, interesting and talented as Viggo Mortensen. As he's gained success in career, he's become choosier about this roles, usually going for something that stirs his heart or brain (or both), rather than the obvious star vehicle or blockbuster franchise. But of course, as Aragon in Peter Jackson's "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, it brought the actor to the peak of fame and worldwide recognition, but count him out of any more trips to Middle Earth. Like it or not, Jackson found a way to turn the novella "The Hobbit" into three movies, in a new saga that overlaps with 'LOTR,' with a handful of characters carrying over. But for Mortensen, he wasn't interested in reprising a role that deviated from the text.

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