You know him as Aragorn, but Viggo Mortensen is much more than that. He is a chameleon. Whether he is playing an unassuming diner owner, a Russian hitman, or Satan, Viggo Mortensen is one of today’s top actors around. Here’s Viggo Mortensen’s current top ten films on Flickchart:
His third take playing Aragorn is also his highest-ranking film on Flickchart and one of the most celebrated films in Academy Awards history taking home 11 Oscars. Return of the King saw the full-scale evolution of Aragorn from ranger to king. His confidence, present in the other two films, seems lost, but he is convinced to lead by his elfen-lover Arwen. This is Peter Jackson‘s finest of the series and is supported by one of the most compelling performances by an actor in a fantasy film to date.
‘Fellowship’ saw Aragorn’s modest beginnings put to the test as a warrior with untapped potential finally recognized his place in Middle Earth. He is the vigilant fighter that foreseeably Frodo and Sam could not get on without. Viggo Mortensen really threw himself into this role and with each swing of his sword you truly believe Viggo could have taken on legions of orcs just for the sheer challenge.
With Merry and Pippin in the hands of Orcs, Aragorn must rescue them at all costs. While the first ‘Rings‘ films made the hobbits much of the focus, Aragorn took over The Two Towers and shifted the film’s focus from whimsy to compelling epic. The extra focus on Aragorn only better served the audience as his role expanded even more in Return of the King.
Unassuming local Tom Stall inadvertently commits an act of heroism and sends shock waves throughout his community when the truth that comes to light isn’t as it seems. When a mobster (Ed Harris) comes through and starts posing questions about Tom’s ability to save the day, suddenly everything about Tom comes into question.
Mortensen’s second team-up with director David Cronenberg is arguably his best performance to date which was recognized with his first Oscar nomination. His role as Nikolai was his darkest and most rewarding as a man who kills efficiently and quietly. His loyalty is not to be tested – even if it means killing a nurse who is trying to find out why a child is orphaned.
In this film Mortensen plays a broken man steering his son through the treacherous remains of what once was the United States of America. His performance as The Man breaks your heart and fills it back up again as he tries to salvage any goodness left in his son’s heart after the apocalypse that has left them wandering the country looking for hope.
As Lalin, the wheel-chair confined friend of Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), he presents a lesson to be learned in a film that is full of them.
Witness marked the first occasion when scenes featuring Mr. Mortensen’s were not cut from the film. His role as Moses Hochleitner is an earnest one, and although he is 26 his character’s wide-smile and exuberance make him feel much younger.
Trapped in the sea with no transmission to the outside world, Mortensen’s Lt. Ince must make the decision to launch the nuclear missiles aboard the U.S.S. Alabama. Making your presence known in the midst of two acting titans (Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington) is no easy task, but Mortensen’s tension riddled scenes are handled admirably.
Very few actors can convincingly play the Prince of Darkness. Jack Nicholson is one, and Viggo is the other. Mortensen plays the devil with a malicious glee that can only be seen in psych wards.