Viggo Mortensen, who played the heroic heir Aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings, told Movies.com that he was asked to appear in Peter Jackson’s further Tolkien adaptation, The Hobbit, which follows Bilbo Baggins and how he acquired the One Ring, but the cameo never came to fruition.
“At one point, the producers asked if I would do it,” explained Mortensen, “and I said sure if Aragorn is supposed to be in the bridge story because he’s not in The Hobbit. I would rather do it than see someone else do it, but I’ve never been asked and they’re shooting the movie. I’m not in it unless it there is some last-minute plan they have, but I thought I would have heard of it by now.”
Although Aragon is half-elf and long lived, he believes the decision may have ultimately been one of continuity.
“Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett shot something,” Mortensen continued, “but they’re elves and don’t change as rapidly. As you know, Aragorn is half-elf and also lives a couple hundred years or more and he could be in a bridge, but I have to assume it isn’t going to happen. That was an important period in my life and I will always be grateful that the trilogy was so successful and gave me a lot of new opportunities.”