It is "ridiculous to use the character of Aragorn... to legitimize an anti-immigrant, anti-feminist and Islamophobic political group.”
Actor Viggo Mortensen slammed Spain’s far-right Vox party for using a picture of his character in "The Lord of the Rings," Aragorn to depict the party’s anti-progressive stand.
On April 28, Vox published a montage showing Aragorn is fighting feminists, gays, communism, and media.
"One must be quite ignorant to think that the use of the character of Aragon to promote the electoral campaign of a xenophobic party of the extreme right as Vox would be a good idea," Mortensen wrote in a letter published by El Pais Tuesday.
He also said it is "ridiculous and absurd" to be linked to "ultranationalist and neo-fascist" Vox party.
“It is even more ridiculous to use the character of Aragorn, a multilingual statesman who advocates knowledge and inclusion of the diverse races, customs and languages of Middle-earth, to legitimize an anti-immigrant, anti-feminist and Islamophobic political group,” the actor explained.
Mortensen also said he would laugh at the “clumsiness” but Vox has entered the Congress with 24 seats and “it is not a joke.”
While concluding the letter, he called on people to be “attentive and proactive, as is Aragorn in the saga of Tolkien.”
“The Lord of the Rings” book by British author J.R.R. Tolkien is an epic tale of a clash between good and evil in a world inhabited by elves, dwarves, orcs and humans.
The producer of "The Lord of the Rings" saga, Warner Bros., said that the authorization to use a picture from the movies for any political usage has not been given.
"Warner Bros. has not authorized the use of our intellectual property for any political campaign,” the production house wrote on Twitter.
On April 28 Spain went to elections. The Spanish Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) won the majority of the seats yet falling far from a majority.
The far-right Vox party 24 seats, making it the first party with such politics to sit in Spain's parliament since 1982.