Sydney Morning Herald
October 20, 1999
Actor Sacked as Filming Starts
Filming of the Lord of the Rings
trilogy has had a setback, with the sacking of the Irish actor Stuart Townsend (Shooting
Fish) just days after the cameras started rolling in New Zealand.
London's Daily Telegraph reports that producers are
negotiating with Viggo Mortensen and another actor to take over the role of Aragorn.
A publicist would not comment on the reason for Townsend's
departure, except to say that there had been "creative differences". She denied
that filming, which began in the hills around Wellington last week, was in disarray.
Insiders on the set said that Townsend was dismissed by
director Peter Jackson after a problem with "director-actor creative chemistry".
Townsend, 26, was widely regarded as being too young for the
part of Aragorn. Mortensen is 41.