I was discussing Viggo Mortensen with someone recently and how he's managed to dole out some fantastic performances in the last decade or so even though he's been acting since the eighties. I mentioned that his role as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was the first of many, and they sort of scoffed as if to imply that his work there was nothing to shout about. Now, I'm a devotee of the trilogy, even if I'm not so insane to forget that there are those who don't love it.
Viggo is arguably one of the finest actors of his age right now (he was particularly phenomenal in History of Violence, for example) but I'd intimate that he was fantastic in The Lord of the Rings too. I'd have given him an Oscar nomination for the second film. But, then, I've always been known for oddities.
Happy birthday, Viggo. Do you think his work in the trilogy is worthy of the actor he's become?