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

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Daniel Day-Lewis Turned Down the Role Several Times

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Viggo Mortensen wasn’t the first choice to play Aragorn, although he may have been the right one. The role was initially offered to Daniel Day-Lewis, who is widely regarded as one of the best actors alive. Had he decided to take the part, the movies would have been irrevocably changed.

Viggo and Daniel share a lot of traits in common, though. They’re both very committed to their work, and willing to go deep on their characters. Daniel ultimately declined the role, allowing Viggo to eventually step in. Although Daniel would have been great, he doesn’t have the same ruggedness that Viggo brings to the part.

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