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Viggo Articles & Interviews - 2002

Ringleader/Viggo Mortensen - Empire #151, January 2002
Viggo talks about preparing for and filming The Lord of the Rings. Excerpt: "I can say it, my conscience is clear," he says without a hint of vanity. "I did my best to study and find as much as I could. I read everything I could that was connected to Strider or Aragorn or his environment, to represent that character. I feel I did the best I could under the circumstances."   []

The human Viggo Mortensen - Pavement #50, January 2002   [Lilith]   [Chronicles]

The Ranger - Total Film #60, January 2002
A brief interview with Viggo regarding his immersion into the role of Aragorn, sword training and his "war wounds" from the filming.   [scans at TORN]   []

Viggo Mortensen/Lord of the Sword - Controversy Volume 3, Number 1, January 2002   []

Viggo Mortenson - Australian Empire Magazine, January 2002   [Chronicles]   [Viggo-Works]

Playing the hero suits Mortensen fine - The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 6, 2002   [Chronicles]   [Viggo-Works]   []

I've loved all my leading ladies - Now Magazine, January 23, 2002
"Liv, Gwyneth, Demi and Nicole—The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen says they've all been great to work with."   [Chronicles]   [Viggo-Works]

The Destiny of Aragorn - Starlog Fantasy Worlds #1, February 2002
Viggo Mortensen talks about the physical and other challenges of playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings.   [Viggo-Works]   [Chronicles]   []

I used to read 'Martin Fierro' as a childI used to read 'Martin Fierro' as a child - Revista Noticias #1310, February 2, 2002
Argentinean interview focuses on Viggo Mortensen's immersion into the role of Aragorn, and on his view of world politics. He comments on the parallels between Tolkien's tales and the current state of Argentina and the world.   []

Striding Ahead - Dreamwatch #90, March 2002   []

The Painter HeroThe Painter Hero - Ciak Magazine, March 2002
"If one day he should abandon the movie business he wouldn't be too upset. Viggo Mortensen tell Ciak how painting, taking photographs or making music are the most stimulating passions in his life."   []

'Rings' star eyes role in Neil Jordan film - JAM! Movies, March 14, 2002
Report of a rumor that Viggo would star in Borgia.

The Artist Formerly Known As King ... (Of Gondor)The Artist Formerly Known As King ... (Of Gondor) - Impact, April 2002
A report from the opening reception for Signlanguage at the Track 16 Gallery, 2-Feb-2002. The reporter includes perspectives from Viggo, Dennis Hopper, Elijah Wood, and Dominic Monaghan in addition to her own descriptions of and reactions to the work.   []

The New Hollywood MaleThe New Hollywood Male - Arena Hommes Plus #18, Autumn/Winter 2002/2003, October 2002
Extensive in-depth article on Viggo's film career, his role as Aragorn, the challenge of dealing with new-found fame, creative pursuits, his relationship with Henry, the filming of Hidalgo, and philosophy of life. Wonderful photos by Terry Richardson. Excerpt: "Throughout an hour of conversation, these themes are woven into the fabric of every thought: an open mind; humility; doing your best; a constant quest to learn and enrich your life. 'There is only one kind of actor, and that's a supporting actor,' he says, meaning that even in a lead role you are always supporting the vision of the director. 'In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some colour and the director makes the painting.'"   [scans at Lilith]

Viggo TripViggo Trip - Flaunt #39, November 2002
Though the interviewer talks about Viggo Mortensen's work in The Lord of the Rings and other films, the bulk of this article focuses on Viggo's poetry and artistic pursuits, and on the changes that fame has brought to his life. You'll find several memorable quotes from John Rhys-Davies and other people that Viggo has worked with. Don't miss the photographs by Perou, including the famous cover photo with the blue scarf.   [Chronicles]   [scans at Lilith]

Now, an even longer 'Rings'! - Chicago Sun-Times, November 12, 2002
Comments from Viggo and other cast and crew regarding the filming of The Two Towers and their opinions of the extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring.

The Reluctant Hero - The Sunday Express (S:2), November 21, 2002   [Chronicles]   [Viggo-Works]   [scans at TORN]

Lord of the Dark Circles - Elle (German), December 2002
"He paints, writes, and photographs, and on the side he is a Hollywood star (Lord of the Rings). No wonder that Viggo Mortensen looks a little tired sometimes..."   []

Towers of Strength - Film Review #625, December 2002   []

Viggo's Big Time - Air New Zealand, December 2002   [Chronicles]

Charlie Rose InterviewCharlie Rose Interview - Charlie Rose, December 3, 2002
This page includes a generous excerpt (08'28) from the December 2002 Charlie Rose show transcript in which Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood and Peter Jackson appeared to discuss The Two Towers. Viggo wore a T-shirt emblazoned with "No More Blood On Oil" which provoked a dialogue on current events.   [other]   []

After 30 films, Mortensen strikes gold in Middle-earth - Boston Globe, December 18, 2002   []

Valiant effort - Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2002   [Viggo-Works]