Viggo & Henry Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen on the set of The Lord of the Rings, between takes
“Peter was always a geek in terms of technology but, once he had the means to do it, and the evolution of the technology really took off, he never looked back,” Mortensen says. “In the first movie, yes, there’s Rivendell, and Mordor, but there’s sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it’s grittier.” Mortensen says the “ballooning” of Jackson’s reliance on CGI began with the second film, The Two Towers, and has increased with each subsequent project. “It was grandiose, and all that, but whatever was subtle, in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it’s like that to the power of 10,” Mortensen says.
Viggo Mortensen and Sean Bean at the 2009 Jameson Empire Awards
Viggo Mortensen and Peter Jackson at the world premiere of RotK in Wellington
"This was taken on a Sunday afternoon in Rohan country. Miranda Otto and several others, including Bernard Hill, Orlando, [makeup artist] Jose Perez, and I tried in vain to trick some lovely brown trout out of the lake. We had a good time and a nice picnic anyway."
Viggo Mortensen describing his photo of Miranda Otto to Parade Magazine
Orlando and Viggo at the World Premiere of Return of the King