There’s few actors these days who can star in some of the world’s most popular movies, travel the world meeting hoards of screaming, costumed fans, while still maintaining a rather modest sense of self and go home and pursue much quieter pastimes like painting and poetry. Such is the life of Viggo Mortensen, alias Aragorn, from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The multi-talented actor, whose creative pursuits have even lead him to found his own publishing house, Perceval Press, was recently honored at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The humble hunk was awarded the 9th annual Coolidge Award, which recognizes film industry professionals and their unique contributions through their body of work. Past winners of the award include actress Meryl Streep, editor Thelma Schoonmaker, and director Jonathan Demme.
The award ceremony, which took place on March 5th, included a screening of the LOTR movies, a VIP reception, and “An Evening with Viggo Mortensen”, which included an in-depth discussion of the actor’s career and life. The 53 year-old, who was born in New York City, but spent significant parts of his life growing up in Venezuela, Denmark, and Argentina, made his film debut in Peter Weir’s 1985 thriller, Witness, and has gone on to star in such films as Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane, and Eastern Promises.
Appearing ultra-casual in a striped shirt, black jacket, skinny jeans, and sneakers, the star shared stories of his time in New Zealand filming his most popular role to date, but also shot down rumors that he will be appearing in the upcoming The Hobbit sequel.
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