Viggo Mortensen criticises Peter Jackson’s use of CGI in ‘Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy

"Whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost," says Danish actor

Viggo Mortenson has criticised what he sees as director Peter Jackson favouring CGI over a good script in the latter half of th Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Danish actor Mortenson played the role of Aragorn in the hugely successful films and, in an interview with The Telegraph , praised the “gritty” first installment of the series. However, he was scathing about what was to follow, as well as The Hobbit, in which he has no role.

“The first script was better organised,” says Mortensen. “Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back. In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier.”

However, from there, Mortenson turned away from the movies. “The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste,” continues Mortensen, “and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects.”

“It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10.”

Viggo Mortenson’s next role sees him star alongside Kirtsen Dunst and Oscar Isaac in The Two Faces Of January. Meanwhile, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is due for release on December 12 of this year.