If You Liked Viggo Mortensen in ‘Green Book,’ You’ll Love Him in These Classic Films

If you have been looking for a good movie to watch that will keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end, then the Green Book is definitely one that you will want to check out. It is based on a true story and tells how an Italian-American bouncer and African-American pianist had to use the Negro Motorist Green Book in order to navigate safely through the deep south in 1960s America. Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen both give outstanding performances and do an excellent job at accurately portraying the historical troubles that two friends from two different races had back in those days.

After many fans watched Viggo Mortensen’s perfect portrayal of an Italian-American character that is able to find true friendship in the place where he least expected to find it, it made them wonder what other realistic roles he has played in the past. To help ensure that you don’t miss out on seeing his other great works, we have compiled a list of some of the other masterful roles he has played throughout his career.

1.) The ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy

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Viggo Mortensen | Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner

One other role that Mortensen might be most known for is the role he played in the Lord of the Rings trilogies. He played Aragorn, son of Arathorn in all three of the movies. During this trilogy, fans got to see this strong character become the leader Fellowship of the Ring after Gandalf died in the battle of Balrog.

Viggo and his fellow cast members won an ACCA award for “Best Cast Ensemble” in the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He also has two ACCA nominations for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his role in the last two movies of the trilogy.

2.) ‘Far from Men’

With this movie, if you don’t speak fluent Arabic, French, and Spanish you will have to read the English subtitles throughout the entire movie, but don’t let that discourage you. The captivating plot and the impeccable acting skills of Mortensen makes reading through the dialogue on the bottom of the screen well worth it. 

The story takes place in 1954 Algeria where Mortensen’s character, named Daru, is a teacher that likes his solitude. When unfortunate events happen right in front of him, Daru is forced to escort a local villager that is accused of murder through the Atlas mountains. This movie is packed with action, fighting, and several heartwarming moments that will have you reaching for the tissues before the movie is even over.

3.) ‘Appaloosa’

At first glance, this movie looks as if it would only be appealing to people who love to watch old western movies. However, with the amount of action, romance, and subtle hints of humor, this movie will be entertaining for people who enjoy various genres.

The story takes place in New Mexico in 1882 where two local law enforcement officers, Virgil Cole (played by Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (played by Viggo Mortensen) take down the bad guys and help to restore peace to their town once again.

4.) ‘Hidalgo’

This story takes place in 1890 and is about a man named Frank Hopkins (played by Viggo Mortensen) and his horse, Hidalgo, enter a 3,000-mile race across the Arabian desert to prove that his Mustang is just as good, if not better than the other competitor’s purebred horses. The adventure that this man and his horse go on showcase just how great the bond can be between man and animals.

Viggo Mortensen has been an actor since 1985, and throughout his career, he has proved that his wonderful acting skills make him the perfect candidate for a wide range of role. With all of the diverse list of characters that he is able to play, makes us very excited to see what his next role will be.