Sometimes fictions create a great impact on the minds of the generation, just like the fantasy of The Lord of the Rings. One popular character of the series if Aragorn, the King of Gondor, mostly disguised as an ordinary ranger. It is seen that Aragorn is one of the most important characters in the story, in one or the other way. He has tasks in hand like uniting elves, men, dwarves, and many other magical races against the forces of Mordor.
So, it is evident that such a fascinating character might have many impressionable lines in the books and the movies of The Lord of the Rings. Here are the best actors who were supposed to be the Aargon in the movies.
Peter Jackson, the producer of the film, first offered the role of Aargon to Nicolas Cage. He wanted to take up the role but was more concerned about his family than his career. Cage chooses to spend time with his family over going away from his kids. However, if he would have decided to chose it, then it would have been worth it as he could have packed up his family and would have moved them along with him.
Nicolas Cage would never be able to blend in with the kind of cast that was finally summoned up Peter Jackson. It is mostly because of his vocal delivery in different language and accent might not be proved suitable for the movie.
Stuart was the final cast for the role of Aargon before Viggo came in the casting list. Stuart worked for two months, got trained but couldn’t make it to shoot for the movie. Just after two days of the shoot, Jackson realized that Stuart looked quite young for the role, so he must be changed. Townsend was immediately sent home, and casting Viggo was a quick and abruptly drafted decision.
It was the right decision as watching a babyface 20-year-old perform the role of an 87-year-old. It was difficult imagining Stuart getting kingly, flirting with elves, and expecting people to follow him into the battle. It was best that Aargon didn’t look like something which just finished his graduation and decided to hike the Appalachian Trail.
The final selection
Well, as we all know that the final selection for the character of Aargon was Viggo Mortensen. He joined in a little late when a few days of the shooting were already passed. However, his performance showed that he was worthy of the role.
Viggo Mortensen improvised a little something in his character, which reflected his dedication towards his work. He asked for improvisation in his lines for now and then. He shot the stunt scenes with his heavy steel sword in place of the light aluminium swords. He dragged the sword everywhere and even in public. Thus, Viggo was eventually stopped by the cops to carrying it in public.
However, if Nicolas would have been the final cast for Aargon, then it would have been quite a distracting and disturbing casting choice of the 21st century, which has just begun. Finally, Viggo Mortensen was chosen to enact the role of Aargon in The Lord of the Rings.