The boot gets Mortensen
- The boot gets Mortensen
Middle earth is not for sissies. Viggo Mortensen learned that when he broke
his toes while filming "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."
As Aragorn, Mortensen was filming a scene where he comes across some burning
bodies that he thinks are toasted Hobbits. "I said, 'You're so upset. Why
don't you kick one of the helmets on the ground out of frustration," director
Peter Jackson reveals.
A Method kicker, Mortensen was only too happy to punt that helmet with all
"On the fifth take, Viggo kicked the helmet, screamed, clenched his fists and
dropped to his knees," Jackson says. "I thought he was just doing some
powerful acting. But then I noticed after I said 'cut' that he wasn't saying
anything. Finally, he did the next scene limping."
Jackson says he made Mortensen take off his boot. "His toes were broken.
Normally, an actor would yell 'ow' if they hurt themselves, and stop the
scene. Viggo turned a broken toe into a performance that's a great moment in
the film," he says.
<A HREF="http://www.suntimes.com/output/movies/cst-ftr-viggo05.html">The boot gets Mortensen</A> You can feel his pain on Dec. 18 when "The Two
Towers" opens.Cindy Pearlman
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