- Says thank you to all Norwegian fans

Date:11 Dec '03


BERLIN (TV 2 Nettavisen):
"It's very nice to be able to come to Norway. Norwegians are unusual keen on "Lord of the Rings". Just think about the ticket-line they made the last time, says Viggo Mortensen. He is taking Bernhard ”Théoden” Hill and Andy ”Gollum” Serkis to Oslo"

TV 2 Nettavisen meets all three of them a cold winterday in Berlin. On December 15th, they will appear at the special fest-premiere of "Return of the King" in Oslo Spektrum, in support to Amnesty International. "A great gesture" says King Théoden, or Bernard Hill and Viggo Mortensen.

Impressed by the ticket-line
But they are coming to honour the Norwegians who have supported their work in Peter Jackson's films. And Aragorn himself is very updated on what the Norwegian LOTR-fans have done. He's especially impressed by the early and long line for tickets.

" Norway is probably the country were most inhabitants have seen "Lord of the Rings", besides Denmark. To come there, is nice for us. Like in Wellington, it isn't a party only for us, but for the fans also, he says. The recent world premere was special for everyone involved."

"People in Wellington paid from their tax-money and gave us moral support long before anyone knew that "Lord of the Rings" would be so popular. Even to the party now, the poeple in New Zealand donated their own money, but they don't talk about it, says Mortensen."

Heia Danmark
Viggo Mortensen is born in Denmark, he grew up on Manhatten and in Venezuela, but returned to his country around age 17. He speaks Spanish and Danish fluently, and has no problems with Swedish and Norwegian. To the interview with TV2 Nettavisen he comes walking in barefoot in a Danish soccer-shirt, and with a typical mate-tea from Argentina on a thermos.

"I'm not anti against other countries, he explains and laughs, and shows his support to the UN with a big pin on his jacket. Another pin on his jacket says: "I'm an American - and I'm against war"."

Help from Sigurd Drakedreper
Mortensen was thrown into the role as Aragorn after the shooting had started, when they found out that Stuart Townsend was too young.

"I was sitting on the plane with the big book, says Mortensen and raises his eyebrows. But as I was reading I saw a clear connection to the Norwegian sagas, and especially the saga about Sigurd Drakedreper. Several of the names in Tolkien's work are spelled the same, and quotes from the book are almost taken straight out of the sagas. My knowledge to the Nordic mythology was a big help, but not vital. For that, living and shooting the films in New Zealand was more important for all of us, he says."

Consequence of the choice
He doesn't agree in the comparison between "Lord of the Rings" and the situation in today's world with constant terror threads, but he doesn't disagree eather.

"I just think that it is so limited. Most of all, the story is about hope, that you can find a platform and stand united. Both Aragorn, Elrond and other powerful characters in Tolkien's work have their moments, where they have doubts and are scared - because they concider the consequences of what they have to do. It's an important message today also, a theme we all can relate too, he says."

The nazgul Bush
Viggo Mortensen tells that many Americans don't even ask - they are determent on that the fellowship are "the good guys" (the American also), who fights against the "faceless, heathen mass".

Cases like that should state their opinion, or else it means that they agree, says Mortensen. A journalist want to know if there is a George W. Bush in the film.

"I want give him that great importance. I think Bush in many ways are directed by others. He could maybe been a Saruman - someone who thinks he has the power, but doesn't really have it. But he could also be a Boromir. At the same time, Boromis raises above his desire for power at the end. No, I think he has more parallels to a nazgul."

Publication: Norwegian TV2







































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