Viggo Mortensen Movies
Following Witness, Mortensen portrayed several bad boys and finally attained greater recognition in Portrait of a Lady (1996), G.I. Jane (1997) and A Perfect Murder (1998), where he played opposite Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mortensen's luckiest break came when director Peter Jackson began shooting the Lord of the Rings trilogy and decided, a few days into it, to recast the role of Aragorn with Mortensen. Much criticized during its 18-month production in New Zealand, the trilogy went on to be a huge success, sweeping the 2004 Oscars by winning all 11 categories for which it was nominated. Four years later, Mortensen's leading role in Eastern Promises brought him an Oscar nod.
In 1954 rural Algeria, French teacher Daru is given the task of escorting an Arab man accused of murder to the town where the trial is to take place. Along the way, the two develop a rapport that forces Daru to make some consequential moral choices.