Viggo was born on October 20, 1958 in Manhattan, New York. From that beginning he has gone on to become fluent in several languages, a world renowned actor, as well as a great poet, photographer and artist. Come in and learn more about this talented individual.
Personally I have to say his best performance, and one that will stay with me for the rest of my life, is of Aragorn. I grew up in the 70s, and I read Lord of the Rings at perhaps age 8. I was immediately struck by many qualities of Aragorn. The way that he was rough on the outside, but the best of men on the inside. The personal strength that had him, while the Bree townspeople openly looked down on him, roaming the forests and risking his life to keep them safe. Aragorn composed poetry and was an incredible fighter. He had the ability to talk with Gandalf about great matters and then with the hobbits about things they felt were important. Aragorn wasn't rich or handsome. He was very talented in many ways, but he never boasted about it.
From the first time that I finished the series, Aragorn literally became the symbol to me of what a person should be like. It shaped my image of what I wanted to be. It molded what I would seek out for myself both in my own actions and in the actions of those I would want near me.
For many, many years he was very much a secret hero of mine - one that was very much a constant presence in my life. When news of the movies began to come out, I was both very excited and very afraid. This could be the great undoing of my life-long dream.
But when I saw that first film on opening night, I was incredibly impressed and astonished. Yes, the other actors did a wonderful job. But Viggo Mortensen had hit exactly the right notes with Aragorn, with his loner qualities, his desire to help others, his strength, his compassion. I had never written an actor before, but I suddenly had a great longing to write Viggo and let him know just how amazingly he had put into life what had been in my dreams and guiding me for so many years.
I just couldn't write him, though. Within a few days the world was full of 'Aragorn Fans', women who had never even heard of Aragorn before and who now claimed him as their own SuperHero. I suppose this upset me - he had been a secret symbol to me for so long of what was best in life, to now have the general mob latch onto him because he was 'handsome' and 'strong' seemed almost antithetical to what the character and performance was all about. I decided that if I were to write him, I would wait until all of the outcry died down, when hopefully my letter would be taken for a sincere offering and not just one of the noisy throng.
Unfortunately, on Oct 31 2002 Viggo announced he would no longer accept fan mail, because of the huge volume he had been deluged with. Maybe someday he will rescind this, and I will finally have an opportunity to tell him, in more quiet times, just what an impact his performance has made on me. The poetry, the artistry, the strength and commitment Viggo has in his own character shone a honest life into Aragorn, and made him a visible symbol for all to see and appreciate. I am sure he knows how much his work was appreciated by millions.
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