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40 Little-Known Facts About Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

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Viggo Mortensen Broke Two Toes in The Two Towers

Aragorn Kicks Helmet Lord of the Rings

New Line Cinema

When Aragorn is tracking Merry Pippin after they’ve been taken by orcs, he initially believes they’ve been killed by Rohan soldiers. While that’s ultimately not the case, Aragorn is so anguished over this discovery that he kicks an orc helmet and screams.

It turns out that at least some of that anguish was real because Viggo Mortensen broke his toe when he kicked that helmet. What’s more, the take where he breaks his toe is used in the film. Good actors can imitate their characters feeling pain. The best actors, though, actually put themselves through the kind of pain their characters experience.

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