Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Director: Peter Jackson
Writer(s): Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, & Stephen Sinclair
Based on: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Producer: Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders
Studio: New Line Productions, Inc.
Runtime: 179 min (223 min EE)
MCAA Rating: PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: Aragorn son of Arathorn
Other leading roles:
Sean Astin: Sam Gamgee
Orlando Bloom: Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd: Pippin
Brad Dourif: Grima Wormtongue
Bernard Hill: Theoden
Christopher Lee: Saruman
Sir Ian McKellen: Gandalf
Miranda Otto: Eowyn
John Rhys-Davies: Gimli
Andy Serkis: Gollum
Karl Urban: Eomer
David Wenham: Faramir
Elijah Wood: Frodo Baggins
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Synopsis
This movie is the second of three which make up The Lord of the Rings. The fellowship has been split. Frodo and Sam continue to Mordor to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mt. Doom, with Gollum as guide and nemesis. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin are in the hands of the evil Orcs. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli follow the Orcs' trail in hopes of rescuing their comrades, and work with the peoples of Rohan to fight their common enemy.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Brief Review
This, the darkest of the three films, sees our heroes struggling against seemingly impossible odds. It is spectacular, moving, beautiful. It is hard to write a brief review about such an epic film that does not trivialize it or repeat what has been said hundreds of times.
Gollum makes his first full appearance through the brilliance and hard work of actor Andy Serkis and the CGI gods at Weta.
The country of Rohan and the Golden Hall of Edoras are spectactular, as is the fortress and battle at Helm's Deep. Rohan's King Theoden, Eomer, and Eowyn are excellent additions to the cast of heroes, and Brad Douris makes a delightfully poisonous Grima Wormtongue.
I have heard it said that the battle at Helm's Deep goes on too long but frankly I did not feel that way. If I have any complaints about this film, it is only in the ways that it deviates from the book, which is best saved for another page on this site.
Oh yes, and Viggo as Aragorn just gets better and better....
As with Fellowship, I recommend the extended version of the DVD for its additional scenes (including the introduction to Brego), commentary and other extras. I've posted some clips from the extended Two Towers on the Downloads page.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Soundtrack
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Articles & Interviews
The Destiny of Aragorn - Starlog Fantasy Worlds #1, February 2002
Viggo Mortensen talks about the physical and other challenges of playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. [Viggo-Works] [Chronicles] [Brego.net]
Now, an even longer 'Rings'! - Chicago Sun-Times, November 12, 2002
Comments from Viggo and other cast and crew regarding the filming of The Two Towers and their opinions of the extended version of The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Reluctant Hero - The Sunday Express (S:2), November 21, 2002 [Chronicles] [Viggo-Works] [scans at TORN]
Towers of Strength - Film Review #625, December 2002 [Brego.net]
Viggo's Big Time - Air New Zealand, December 2002 [Chronicles]
Valiant effort - Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2002 [Viggo-Works]
Face of the Month: Viggo Mortensen - Cut #147, March 2003
In this interview for a Japanese magazine, Cut, Viggo discusses the shooting of the Lord of the Rings, the movie's implications for modern life, and the roles of actors and directors in the creation of a film. [Brego.net]
Viggo Mortensen with Karl Urban - Press conference in Japan - MovieStar #98, April 2003 [Brego.net]
The Two Towers Resources
See also the general Lord of the Rings resources elsewhere on this site.
DVD Review: The Two Towers Extended Edition
- Brief review of the film followed by a very detailed analysis of the extended edition features and DVD production values. In conclusion: "It is simply impossible to find a single flaw in this DVD release and whether you are a fan or not, this is a release you cannot ignore."
MoviesOnCable.com: The Two Towers
- Lists upcoming showtimes for The Two Towers
on US premium cable channels. Site also has a brief review and links to related websites.
OutNow.ch: The Two Towers
- Around 30 images from The Two Towers
, including some captured from the extended DVD. Only a few feature Aragorn. Most photographs are offered at high resolution, up to 1400x900. Nice large thumbnails make it easy to see what you're getting. Site also has movie review in German.