viggo mortensen retires

The ridiculously talented Academy Award nominated actor Viggo Mortensen could be throwing in the towel with acting. According to Cinemablend, Mortensen recently did an interview with Men’s Journal and spoke about his future projects or lack there of. For the past ten years the actor’s career has been a critical success with no signs of stopping, but at this point he may want it to.

Even though there has been talk of Mortensen making an appearance in Guillermo del Toro‘s The Hobbit as his Lord of the Rings character Aragorn, he presses that currently he doesn’t have any film projects on the horizon.

“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.”

It sounds as if someone is a bit worn out. Many actors find themselves at this crossroads when they’ve been steadily working for several years. Some people take it as a blessing, while others may find it hard to handle. It doesn’t sound like he’s not thankful for the work he’s had, but he needs a vacation. He has spoken in the past about the negative effects the excessive traveling has had on his health, and it might factor into why he feels so tired.

Give the guy a month on the beach of some tropical island, and he’ll be recharged and itching to star in another movie sooner than he thinks.

What do you think about Viggo Mortensen’s decision to step down from acting for a while?