‘The studio made that decision’: Russell Crowe reflects on turning down Aragorn’s role in LOTR

Lord of the Rings is an epic saga that won’t just disappear, even after a century. However, despite being given the opportunity to join the epic franchise, Russell Crowe has no regrets about turning down the role of one of the series’ most important characters.

The Man of Steel actor had met director Peter Jackson and was set to play the character Aragorn in the film.

Russell Crowe on The Lord of the Rings

The epic franchise of LOTR is not only the one that grossed $2.9 billion worldwide, but is certainly a great trilogy that is still watched and followed with the same enthusiasm by its devoted fans.

Speaking about the one time he turned down an opportunity to be part of it, Russell Crowe recently opened up and said: “I don’t actually regret not being in The Lord of the Rings.”

The Gladiator actor stated that he felt like “the studio made that decision, not the film director,” while speaking about his role as Aragorn. He added that when he called Jackson, the director sounded like he didn’t want Crowe to play the role and that he had someone else in mind.

“And for me to step forward and say yes would actually get in his way,” Crowe said during his interview with British GQ.

The Next Three Days actor said: “We’re both New Zealanders,” adding that Jackson sounded like “he had another plan,” leaving the legendary part of Aragorn. Ultimately, Peter Jackson went ahead to cast Viggo Mortensen in the still-appreciated role, making the film and its story as compelling as we’ve seen it time and time again.

The new Lord of the Rings movie

With all the adventures depicted in the most legendary way in the trilogy, Peter Jackson will be seen as the producer of a new Lord of the Rings film. The latest installment in the franchise is directed by Andy Serkis, who was also previously part of the franchise. The actor-director played the iconic character Gollum in the legendary films.

Called The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum, this anticipated entry is currently scheduled for a release date sometime around 2026.