Part of the fun of watching Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey unfold will be getting to see all the familiar faces returning to Middle-earth. Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and even Elijah Wood have made their way back to New Zealand to be a part of the epic production.
But at least one other star—Viggo "Aragorn" Mortensen—never heard back about his cameo opportunity.
In a new interview, Mortensen says he was asked at least once by The Hobbit production team to pick up his Ranger's sword one more time, but he never heard from them again and doesn't expect to this late in the game:
"At one point, the producers asked if I would do it 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."
Way back in 2006, when Guillermo del Toro was still attached to the project, Peter Jackson speculated to Ain't It Cool News about how Aragorn could fit into the "bridge story" he was concocting that would more directly connect The Hobbit with The Lord of the Rings.
"You could even get into Gollum's sneaking into Mordor and Aragorn protecting The Shire. That's what we'd do. Love to work with Viggo again."
Being one of the Dunedain (look it up if you're not an LOTR geek), Aragorn has an unnaturally long lifespan for a human. In a deleted scene that made its way into the Two Towers Extended Edition, he explains to Eowyn (Miranda Otto) that he's 87 years old, so he would've already been an adult by the time the events of The Hobbit are taking place. He would've been younger, which would make it tricky but not impossible from an FX standpoint. Even so, Mortensen said he's basically given up on the chance of appearing at this point.
"Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett shot something, 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. I never would have gotten A History of Violence, no matter how much David (Cronenberg) wanted me, had it not been for my newfound notoriety."
So it looks like there's at least one character Jackson's Hobbit story won't stretch to accommodate. Or perhaps this was some oddly public way of getting him to reconsider an Aragorn cameo.