‘Lord Of The Rings’ actor Viggo Mortensen turned down ‘The Hobbit’ role

Actor chose not to reprise his role as Aragorn out of respect for JRR Tolkien's novel

Viggo Mortensen has revealed he turned down the chance to appear in The Hobbit.

Mortensen played Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s three Lord Of The Rings films between 2001 and 2003. However, he quickly ruled himself out of the director’s The Hobbit trilogy out of respect for the original JRR Tolkien novel.

“Before they started shooting, back in 2008, one of the producers did ask if I would be interested,” the actor told The Guardian. “I said, ‘You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'”

Continuing, Mortensen admitted he’ss yet to watch Jackson’s first The Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, which came out last December (2012), but said he’s intrigued by the director’s interpretation of the source material.

“I’m interested in seeing that world again, and seeing what Peter Jackson‘s done, how he’s made use of the improvements in special effects and cameras and the different way of shooting, which will probably enhance the visual aspect of the experience, the sound also,” Mortensen explained. “And I’m interested in seeing how he’s managed to make three movies out of a relatively slim volume … Jackson is a clever person – I’m sure he’ll have done something really interesting with it.”

The second instalment in Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation Of Smaug, is scheduled for release this December (2013). The third and final film, There And Back Again, will follow in December 2014.