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Every now and then some Hollywood actor steps up to a microphone and pronounces that he or she is quitting acting. Two weeks later that same actor will, invariably, sign up for a whole host of new projects. Yet for some reason, I’m more inclined to believe it when it comes to Viggo Mortensen who, normally, doesn’t take his job lightly.

In an interview with Men’s Journal Viggo says, “I have no plans to do another movie. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm open to seeing how I feel in a while, but right now I'm not saying yes to anything. My agent is like, 'Well, if you don't do anything, people will forget about you...' I just feel like I've taken on too much for a while.”

Viggo has talked before about the negative impact excessive travel was having on his health. Now it seems like he’s taking it even more seriously. While it doesn’t sound like he’s calling it quits forever, he does seem determined to take some sort of extended break. His schedule is, after he’s done promoting The Road, mostly empty. So that might not seem like a problem, unless of you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings.

Though he’s not yet officially involved, Viggo was supposed to reprise his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming series of movies based in part on The Hobbit. Some time in the next few months they’re actually going to start shooting in New Zealand. When they start, will Viggo be at home laying on his couch?

The good news here is that Aragorn probably won’t show up until the second of Guillermo del Toro’s new Lord of the Rings movies. That could give Viggo the time he needs to lounge around the house in his underwear until he realizes that this acting thing is really a pretty cool gig and gets his ass back to work. Middle Earth just wouldn’t be the same with a replacement Aragorn.

UPDATE! Just to clarify for those who haven't been keeping up with Jackson and Del Toro's plans for the next two Lord of the Rings movies and seem to be confused... yes it's true that Aragorn does not appear in JRR Tolkien's original novel "The Hobbit". However, Del Toro's Middle Earth movies may incorporate material not found in the books, including material from different eras which could allow them to involve familiar characters like Aragorn. On the other hand, it's far from written in stone and even Del Toro has kicked around several different ideas for how to handle the movies. Bottom line, no one's entirely certain what they'll be about yet.