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

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Viggo Mortensen Replaced Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend

New Line Cinema

When Lord of the Rings began filming, director Peter Jackson still didn’t have the right Aragorn. Initially, the role was played by Stuart Townsend, but he didn’t last long. After one day of shooting, Stuart was fired and replaced by Viggo. That choice seems more than correct.

The fact that Viggo didn’t start working on the films until after production had begun only speaks to what miracles these films are. All of the pieces had to come together at exactly the right times. Thankfully for fans of the trilogy, that’s exactly what happened, and fantasy storytelling was changed forever as a result.

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