While Viggo Mortensen is widely remembered for his role of Aragorn in Lord of the Rings series of movies, he was not the director’s first choice for the role. In fact, the role was first offered to some other actors before it passed on to him due to some problem or the other.
Nevertheless, the manner in which he convincingly portrayed his character totally justified the fact that he was probably the best pick for that role.
His dedication was visible through his actions – using a heavy sword on the sets, dragging the sword in public, kicking a helmet to break his toes and still giving a shot – and he was indeed the best choice for the role. However, some names that were considered were:
He was one of the first picks for the role. However, the way he tries to ape his character by totally getting into its skin would have made working with him difficult on the sets.
Talking in elvish, not rehearsing lines to maintain authenticity and becoming wild on sets to get a feel of the situation would have been the ultimate scenarios if he had been hired.
And in the end, this much real-life suffering wouldn’t even have been worth for a reel-life sequence. This is why he was eventually dropped.
Townsend was a top pick of the director and had already been cast as well. He had undergone training and had just started filming the sequences when the director realized that Townsend was probably too young for the role. It was then that Townsend, still in his late twenties, was dropped from the role.
Crowe was another top contender for the role and was very much favored by the director.
He was also offered the role but he did not accept it due to his busy work schedule. Also, since he had enjoyed a very good success with Gladiator, the character was still fresh in the people’s minds. So maybe it was a good thing in itself that Crowe himself turned down the role.
Not a very big name in the industry at that time, Vin Diesel had auditioned for the role during the casting period.
He was eventually not offered the role, but he would have definitely made a badass Aragorn with a bushy beard and an orc-scaring smile.
This eminent actor was also offered the role of Aragorn and with the dedication he puts in each of his characters, we’re sure he would have made an extreme version of Aragorn.
But he could not stay away from his kid for such a long time and had to turn down the offer.
Else we would have heard familiar accents, edgy acting and extreme reactions by
the Aragorn played by Cage due to the type of movies he really fits well in.