Viggo Mortensen used a ‘Lord of the Rings’ sword in his latest film

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Viggo Mortensen needed just the right sword. Then he realized he had the perfect one.

Mortensen’s latest film is The dead don’t hurt, a Western set in the 1860s that follows the free-spirited Vivienne (Vicky Krieps), a French-Canadian who falls in love with Holger (Mortensen), a Danish farmer. When Holger goes off to fight in the American Civil War, Vivienne is left alone to fight her own war at home.

Mortensen spoke British GQ to discuss his new film. It was mentioned that in one fantasy sequence you can see what appears to be his sword, Andúril Lord of the Rings.

“We had everything for this series with a knight. We found this great, spirited horse, the right kind of saddle, and we made a medieval blanket, and we had the costume for the knight,” Mortensen said. “Everything was right, and then I said, ‘Well, we have to have a sword.’

“And I looked and there were some good ones and I thought, ‘Well, it might be quite good to use this one that I had because it’s really good. But I knew I would have to ask permission because I’m sure someone would notice, even if you only see it for a few seconds. It’s not really essential to the scene and certainly not to the movie, it’s just something in passing. You either see it or you don’t.”

A quick phone call later, the sword remained in view.

“So I asked Peter Jackson if he thought it was okay, and he said, ‘Is it very important to the story?’ I said, no, it’s not actually that. You hardly notice it, but someone probably will. He said he was okay with it, but that I had to ask the film company. So I contacted them and they were fine with it. They realized it wasn’t essential, it wouldn’t attract much attention. And they were very nice about it, and they gave us permission. That’s why we did it, just because it seemed right. It was kind of a last-minute accident.”

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