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We could have had quite a different Aragorn - as played by Russell Crowe.

Ataahua
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Jun 21, 4:02am

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We could have had quite a different Aragorn - as played by Russell Crowe. Can't Post

PJ offered him the role but Russell said he could tell it was a half-hearted offer, so he turned it down.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Chen G.
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Jun 21, 9:39am

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I know Crowe was looked for [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know that it was half-hearted on Jackson's part or that it was a studio call. I know that, in the Miramax period, they pushed for recognisable stars, and that's where casting ideas like Nicolas Cage and Sir Sean Connory emerged from.

I'm sure that Jackson wanted Crowe, a Kiwi, for his merits as an actor, which are considerable. The post-Gladiator recognition was an added benefit.

He would've been great, but of course Viggo's terrific. But then, Viggo himself was a last-minute replacement.


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Ataahua
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Jun 21, 8:18pm

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That's debateable, depending on what toomfoolery he's been up to lately. Tongue

Although in fairness, he seems to have left his gigantic ego and anger issues behind in the last several years.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Chen G.
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Jun 21, 9:38pm

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Well, whatever the case [In reply to] Can't Post

He's from the British Commonwealth, which Jackson always favoured for these films. He's been explicit in his desire not to "americanize" these films. I believe he originally decided that all four Hobbits would be cast exclusively from the Commonwealth, until Sean Astin's audition and Elijah Wood's audition tape convinced him otherwise.

Its especially appearant in The Hobbit. Evageline Lilly's Canadian, Lee Pace's American, Mikael Persbrandt's Swedish, and besides that - the entire cast (which is huge) is drafed from the Commonwealth.

Plus, Crowe's an absolutely terrific actor. And, being that The Lord of the Rings was riding the wave of epics that came in the wake of Braveheart and Gladiator, Crowe would have been a very natural choice. I recall that Jackson considered Patrick McGoohan for Gandalf (man, that would have been weird), probably for that very reason.


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Ataahua
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Jun 21, 11:54pm

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Although, [In reply to] Can't Post

all talent aside, PJ prefers his cast to be drama-free and that's definitely not Crowe.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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CuriousG
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Jun 22, 4:48pm

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"Quit beating up the stuntmen, Russell! This is Bilbo's party, not Helm's Deep." // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Noria
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Jun 23, 2:37pm

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Lucky escape? [In reply to] Can't Post

From my point of view at least.

I don't care for Russell Crowe, though I acknowledge that he's a fine actor. He's too much of a jerk for my taste plus he's always Russell Crowe.

Viggo did do a terrific job, and he's a lot prettier.

On the LotR EE I think, I recall PJ saying something about an important factor in casting was how easy the actors would be to work with.

I like how they mostly cast lesser known or completely unknown actors in their movies. I imagine it costs less and leaves them free to search for exactly the right actor. That approach works because the casting for all six movies was excellent.


Chen G.
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Jun 24, 8:22am

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Fair point [In reply to] Can't Post

Each of these trilogies was being shot for over a year. Thatís a much longer time (compared to your average movie) to have someone who you canít get along with going around the set.

Plus, Peter isnít a David Lean type with regards to bickering with his cast and crew.

 
 

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