Movie heart-throb Viggo Mortensen was Oliver Stone's first choice to play
Sergeant ELIAS GRODIN in Vietnam war film PLATOON - until the director dumped
the actor for Willem Dafoe.
The LORD OF THE RINGS star signed up to play the soldier role in the 1986
hit alongside Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen and was shocked when Stone changed
Mortensen recalls, "I researched that part as thoroughly as I could."
To add insult to injury, when Mortensen auditioned for a Stone film years
later, the movie maker didn't recognise him.
Mortensen adds, "He didn't seem to remember much of any of it at all.
Pretty shocking. Because I took it pretty seriously."