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Viggo Mortensen

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Lord of the Rings


A Wonderful Experience

Viggo Mortensen became famous, but not rich on "The Lord of the Rings."

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, King Elessar, in "The Return of the King"

Synopsis: In an interview with a Norwegian journalist, Viggo talks about his art, Odense, his feelings toward the Scandinavian countries, and his love of the great sagas and their influence on The Lord of the Rings.

Credits: By Aud Berggren

Source: VG, October 24, 2003

Note: Translation for House of Telcontar, courtesy of Silje from Norway. The Norwegian version of the article can be read online.

"Everybody believes that we are multi-millionaires, but we are not, actually. But it was an amazing experience, and we got to be friends for the rest of our lives. But I am sure that it's not just me that needs another movie," he says.

Viggo has been filming the movie "Hidalgo" afterwards, about a man and a horse. And he needed it as much for economic reasons as much as he enjoyed shooting it.

But the fame has made his artistic sides well-known. Viggo takes photos, paints, writes poetry and makes music.

"I look at it as being branches from the same tree," he says, and he is very lucky that people goes to his exhibitions.

"I did this long before I was an actor, but the interest is just so much greater after the movie, and I don't have problems with that," he smiles.

Viggo is a beautiful man and he's been a sex-symbol after the role as Aragorn.

He doesn't care about that, and he doesn't talk about his love life.

But ask him about art, and it's impossible to stop him! At the moment he has an exhibition going on in Los Angeles, and will have one later in Wellington, New Zealand. At that time in New Zealand, the world premiere of "The Return of the King" will be December 1.

The exhibition does not have anything to do with the movie, but contains photos taken in Denmark and Iceland.

"This is how I ask questions, educate myself and communicate," he says. This summer he had an exhibition in Odense in Denmark.

"It was a really good experience for me, because I have never had an exhibition in Denmark before. In many ways, Denmark is 'home' for me. I have a lot of my family there."

In Odense, Viggo read poems in English, Danish and Spanish. Because so many people from Spain showed up.

He actually has an uncle in Norway! He lives there because he is married to a Norwegian woman. Viggo has visited them a lot.

He also has a son, Henry (15), after the marriage to Exene Cervenka of the Punk band X. Henry was with his father in Denmark and Iceland this year.

"I have read the sagas and I have always been interested in Iceland's history, so I wanted to see those places in reality. Their names are the same ones as in the 1200s. Names like that also exists in Norway and Denmark also, but in Iceland they are written like they were in the Saga-age. The best of it, was to experience it with my son, Henry. Cause he loves those stories too."