Iraq, War, and... Tolkien?
These days it's hard to avoid hearing of U.S. plans to invade Iraq, and those in favour of such action are looking to some strange places for support - including the recent release of The Two Towers. Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), is quite upset with the film being used for pro-war purposes, as he and fellow actor Elijah Wood (Frodo) voiced last month with interviewer Charlie Rose.
An excerpt of the interview can be read here,
and the audio of the interview is in the Charlie Rose archives here.
There's a lot of banter here and there over the whole war/no-war issue and Mortensen's comments.
In retrospect I suppose I can see how one might intrepret the film in such a way, but I have always felt the books - and even this theatrical release - to have a decidedly anti-war slant.