June 19, 2001
To One Devastated By Casting
Leonides covered quite a bit in the response to RingGirl, but there are a couple things Id like to add to this little soiree
The hobbits were called halflings for a reason. Pippin was mistaken for a youth in Minas Tirith, for example. I thought the frame in the trailer was dead on; they looked like a bunch of kids standing there until you took a good look at them. And the subtleties from the first trailer as they are all passing the rock; beautiful! I am glad to see how fluidly everything is fitting together. I really dont have much more to say in response to this paragraph because I simply didnt get the point.
It seems that some may have very short memories if they consider Viggo Mortensen as young. Ill have to take that as an oblique compliment, though, being six months older than he is (Im 43). But reach back into your memory when Stuart Townsend was originally cast. Hes not even going to be 30 until The Two Towers comes out!!! Talk about an audible groan when I heard that bit of casting! When RingGirl says he doesnt look like hes had a hard life and a long; Id have to disagree? He looks like hes been rode hard and put up wet. If anything, maybe a bit too grungy. Yes, Aragorn was in his sixties during the War, but he lived to be, what? Two hundred and something? Hes not going to look old so much as worn. I think Mortensens great for the role (although Id always thought of Aragorn with a bit more beard).
RingGirl; Madeline Stowe is 42 years old! Great actress, but good grief! Shed look older than Blanchett as Galadriel! No way there And who says that Éowyn was the impressionable maiden who has a girlish crush on Aragorn? Certainly not Tolkien! She was a mature warrior maiden. Éowyn was born in 2995, so shed be right at 23 during the War. And re-read their parting before Aragorn leaves for the Paths of the Dead; he was affected by her care and concern and didnt consider her girlish. Nor was she treated as an impressionable maiden by the other warriors. They knew she was a capable shieldmaiden and concealed her presence from the king.
I certainly agree that Liam Neeson would have fit the bill for Aragorn (being one of my favorite actors), but I cant speak to his being a pretty face Ill leave that to you. But you should know that hes only six years older than Viggo Mortensen, and thats just a drop in the bucket for us old farts.