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Q&A: Viggo Mortensen on Playing Sigmund Freud in 'A Dangerous Method,' and His Chances of Appearing in 'The Hobbit'

You won't find an actor more respectful of the craft and his colleagues than Viggo Mortensen. The gifted actor, poet, painter, musician and photographer made his acting debut in 1985's Witness and has made an impression in films of wildly varying budgets and scopes, including Carlito's Way, G.I. Jane, The Reflecting Skin, Vanishing Point and, of course, as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. After that role made him a familiar face well beyond Middle Earth, Mortensen has had acclaimed roles in two David Cronenberg fims—A History of Violence and Eastern Promises—and most recently starred in the film adaptation of the post-apocalyptic drama The Road. We caught up with Mortensen during his one night off a week starring in the play Purgatorio in Madrid, Spain and chatted...

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