It's Festival time again with Venice and Telluride filling our news pages and Toronto just around the corner. As always, the publicity, programme notes, interviews and comments result in an outpouring of accolades for our man. The relaxed Festival atmosphere also results in some rich humour and opportunities to meet colleagues and talk about new projects. Ed Harris gave Viggo Appaloosa to read while promoting A History of Violence at Toronto, and Viggo first met Cronenberg at Cannes while promoting The Lord of the Rings. Toronto, of course, dominates the quotes - after all, Viggo has now been there so many times he's practically Canadian. Festivals can also pull out some surprises - at Cannes and Rome Viggo had to call on his inner Aragorn and save people for real. One thing is for certain, Festivals are never boring!
A HoV: Cannes Film Festival Premiere - May 16, 2005.
© French Premiere Magazine.
The Road - Telluride 2009
With so many of Hollywood's movie stars seeming like overgrown kids, Viggo Mortensen is the rare American actor who is both muscular and humane, tough and sensitive, fighter and lover. He seduces us with a thread of danger, his chiselled Nordic physique and stunning blue eyes.
36th Telluride Film Festival Program Guide
The Road - Venice 2009
A bleak Viggo Mortensen, his face etched like an El Greco painting, urgently and convincingly conveys his character's love and desperation...
By Fionnuala Halligan
Venice Film Festival
3 September, 200
Good - Rome 2009
Mortensen has got himself onto the subject of politics and personal responsibility and he is quietly rapping away. It has rhythm, it has blues: you almost feel like tapping your feet. Not a grandiose oration, nor a preachy lecture (or one you can actually stop or interrupt) but his audience nevertheless starts to feel a creeping sense of guilty moral turpitude.
Viggo at the Rome Film Festival
Mr Good Bard
Sydney Morning Herald
28 February 2009
Good - Toronto 2008
In contrast to the prancing egos on display at the TIFF, the undisputed hero this year has been charismatic, versatile and totally charming Viggo Mortensen ...in the electrifying German-British co-production Good, my favorite film of the festival, even this mesmerizing chameleon, who has proved he can play anything, surprised the hell out of audiences, who emerged stunned.
What Has Happened to the Toronto Film Festival?
The New York Observer
9 September 2008
Appaloosa - Deauville 2008
"I'm really honoured and privileged to introduce to you a man of conviction, of compassion, intelligence, artistic integrity, a great actor and a fine citizen of the world, a man I'm proud to call my friend : Viggo Mortensen."
Ed Harris introducing Viggo at Deauville
With thanks to Dom and Ellie
13 September 2008
Appaloosa - Toronto 2008
They love each other, said Harris, even if they might never say those exact words. It's a deep, complex friendship, though don't expect it to unravel like the one between the cowboys in Brokeback Mountain.
Said Mortensen: "They cut those scenes."
Appaloosa: TIFF press conference diaries
by Mark Medley
September 05, 2008
'...I had someone grow it for me," he replied. "There's a beard stubble farm, as it happens, just north of Sante Fe where they grow the best beard stubble in the world.... They use a rare ... kind of mountain goat turd they put on it and when it was ready, they knocked me out with some kind of weird peyote stuff and sewed it on."
Viggo on his beard
Appaloosa: TIFF press conference diaries
by Mark Medley
September 05, 2008
At the Toronto International Film Festival, I passed a mysteriously perturbed Viggo Mortensen waiting for an elevator on my floor, and he looked like a man who'd never had a milkshake in his life...
Harris, Mortensen Get To Clean Things Up In This Western
By Jeff Simon
3 October 2008
Source: Buffalo News
Eastern Promises - Toronto 2007
Asked about his preparation for the [fight] scene, Mortensen said, 'I was paid a great deal of money.'
Added Cronenberg: 'When we started to shoot the scene we were surprised to discover that Viggo has no genitals so we had to CG them in.'
'I had to give some of the money back,' said Mortensen.
'It was very expensive CG,' Cronenberg explained.
Viggo and Cronenberg's double act
Tiff Press Conference
By Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
8 Sept 2007
In the throes of the Toronto International Film Festival (which ends today), Geoffrey Rush sat on the edge of a couch in a hotel room and began celebrating the fine work of his fellow performers....
"Viggo Mortensen gives a great screen performance," said Rush, using Mortensen's turn as a Russian mobster as an example of the endangered power of screen acting.
"He's completely inside his imaginative world, creating a character using invisible technique. There's a great kind of personal stamp that's idiosyncratic for the character. He explores extreme parameters within the character on his own terms and therefore creates something entertaining and thrilling for an audience to get involved with on their own imaginative level."
It was unsolicited praise from a gifted performer - and deserved.
Naked Viggo Mortensen: Artist At Work
By Lisa Kennedy
The Denver Post
16 September 2007
Alatriste - Toronto 2006
The riveting Viggo Mortensen is ideally cast as Alatriste, a noble soldier of very few words and very large actions....Mortensen is astonishing, channelling the very essence of Alatriste's fiery integrity.
Toronto Film Festival Promo
'I have just left the Ryerson Theatre, where I fear I have contracted a serious case of Viggomania - a condition characterized by fever, light-headedness, and general idiocy when Ultimate Man Viggo Mortensen is in the vicinity.'
Viggo, we love you, yeah yeah yeah
By Michelle Devereaux
Totonto International Film Festival
Alatriste - Rome 2006
Viggo who was in town to boost the film pulled a little off-duty heroism of his own on the street in Rome when, in plain clothes, he drove off a pack of hoodlums who were molesting a guy, gleefully and dutifully reported in all the the local papers.
Viggo Mortensen - Heroic On And Off Screen
By Alex Deleon
16 October 2006
A History of Violence - Toronto 2005
First introduced was Ashton Holmes....."Next is fabulous, luscious......... William Hurt. Then the amazing, always surprising.......... Ed Harris... The startling and scintillating..... Maria Bello. And finally, the really not too bad..... Viggo Mortensen!"
David Cronenberg introducing his cast at TIFF
From Topaz's account
Toronto International Film Festival
A History of Violence - Cannes 2005
"Viggo's like an ambassador of the production. He is incredibly generous, and has a wonderful effect of involving everybody."
David Cronenberg, Director
Cannes Film Festival 2005 Press Kit
One last thing that I wish to report is a small anecdote concerning someone. One of my charming girlfriends, attached to the press core assisting all of the DVDrama personel, yesterday was herself helped by a hero and not the least of which since it was Mr. Viggo Mortensen, alias the sensual Aragorn of the Lord of the Rings, about whom we are still having numerous fantasies since the first showing of Peter Jackson's trilogy. Present in Cannes to support David Cronenberg's film, A History of Violence, in which he proves once again his immensity talent, he went to the private evening gathering that followed the premiere screening, which was exactly where my girlfriend was, whose dress suddenly caught fire as she walked down the centre of an avenue edged with small candles. An accident which could have transformed itself very quickly into a catastrophe if the courageous Viggo hadn't intervened immediately, gently throwing himself on her to help extinguish the first flames that could have become a conflagration. Reassuring and concerned he next took lengthy care of her. After this summer the King of Tolkien, Viggo, is today the King of Cannes and I regret not being the one of whose dress caught fire!
Viggo the Hero
DVDrama, Cannes Film Festival Report
17 May 2005