A quote that I've posted many times here tells us that 'dreams about telling stories' is what got Viggo into acting. Over the last few weeks we've seen his name endlessly popping up in the casting rumours of more than one epic and mythic tale, so I thought it would be apt to take a look at what storytelling means to Viggo. It's clear that in most cases where he's had the luxury to pick and choose, the story is everything. More than that, like Sam, he knows that we are all part of a big story where we choose our own roles, and there are other mighty weapons than a sword.
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Dreams about becoming famous wasn't what got me into acting to begin with, but the dream about telling stories.
Dreaming About Telling Stories
By Einar Fal Ingolfsson - translated by Rosen and Ragga
29 May 2008
I think, any good story, the dramatic part of the story, what makes it interesting, why you'd want to go see it, why you'd want to talk about it afterwards--comes from those moments or periods of time, whether it suddenly happens or it's a gradual realization, that things are not what they seem.
Capone has a GOOD chat with Viggo Mortensen about politics, THE ROAD, APPALOOSA, and THE HOBBIT!!!
Ain't it Cool News
3 December 2008
"I like the big stories, the big landscapes, the big sweep. But I also find that in little stories. I'm interested in tests and ordeals. That can happen in the Sahara Desert... but it can also happen in a room, in a kitchen sink drama. It happens in people's lives."
By Jeffrey Overstrete
"Just the story itself attracted me to The Lord of the Rings," he says. "I liked all the connections with myth, ritual and archetypes. All those things that fed Tolkien as he wrote his book fed us as we made the movies.
For Viggo Mortensen, the War of the Rings Gets Serious
By Ian Spelling
New York Times
15 December 2002
'Lord of the Rings is the same basic story that has been told thousands of times before. And not just in Europe. The same story has been told in Asia, Japan and by Native Americans. I don't think there isn't a place in the world that doesn't understand this story.'
Hail To The King
by Lawrence French
Starburst #305, 2003
"It's the same sort of story that has been told as long as there have been people, and that will be told as long as there are people: a challenge is presented to an individual, big or small, who is obligated in most cases to accept it. You have to take that step to say 'Yes,' and once you do, you're in for a pretty hard time of it in a lot of ways ... in big and small ways. It can be a test of your honor or your ability to keep your composure in difficult situations."
Viggo Mortensen talking about Hidalgo
By Jeffrey Overstreet
Much of the film is based on myth and conjecture. Are you comfortable with that?
To be honest, I would have been happy to go with 100 per cent myth, just because it's such a good, old-fashioned adventure story. That said, the fact that it is about someone that really existed and events that actually happened is very important to me, especially when it comes out of such a long-standing oral tradition.
Here Viggo Again
Total DVD magazine #64
'A concern that I had, initially, was, "How does it keep from being flat? Enough with the suffering already." But, you trust the story and there's so many things that are learned along the way, in the interactions with other people, the environment and each other. You just have to trust what Cormac McCarthy wrote. Because the script was a very faithful adaptation, you just had to trust that book and that story.'
Interview: Viggo Mortensen Travels THE ROAD
9 November 2009
"....what I love about him as a storyteller is that he doesn't tell you everything. What's going to happen to them now? I really think about that. I gotta see that again. That's a good story. And you don't really feel that way - I don't anyway - with most movies, even by good directors. I just don't get that feeling afterwards."
A History of Their Collaboration
By Pam Grady, Filmstew.com
11 Sept 2007
"This film is different. It's not over when it's over, which is the mark of a good story."
Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs Address Good and Wax Philosophical about the Nazis
by Brad Balfour
13 January 2009
"I liked the plot as a tale, as a story. And it captivated me. So I decided to do it, against everyone and against everything."
Viggo Mortensen talking about Alatriste
The filming of Alatriste, by Jesús Martin
Acción Magazine July, 2006
Translated by Paddy for V-W
''..if you asked my agent or somebody about why I'm doing these sort of movies, or going off to do a play or something, they'd say 'Well, I dunno, I think he has a death wish or something'.
''Career suicide,'' he says with a laugh.
''I don't really know. I think life is short and while I have the chance to do good stories, I'm gonna do 'em.''
Viggo on doing Good and Alatriste
Viggo Mortensen on his new film Good
8 April 2009
"My best movies, I look at them years later and think, 'I was kind of another person then.' At certain points, it's beyond you. It transports you. That's the magical thing about telling stories in movies, and even going to movies - there's something else that happens. You hope. Because you want to be transported. You want to come out feeling different."
On the Road, signs of the apocalypse hit home
Globe and Mail
27 November 2009
Seeing a film is not something to be looked down on in comparison with reading a book. There can be millions of identical copies of any book, and yet the copy you hold and read is your personal doorway. It is the same when you go to the movie theater: you and the movie have a secret. It might even be a god-awful movie and you could still walk out with this little secret -- or a big secret -- inside you: a discovery that might stay with you for a day, for a month or two, even years. In those secrets we touch myth and confront universal issues, perhaps even draw new strength for our own lives.
The Making of the Movie Trilogy
Storytellers and stories change, but the opportunity to do well or ill by others and ourselves will always be present. The right to choose how we coexist is ours unless we willingly surrender it. There can be no quick fix, no easy or permanent answer to the troubles of today or tomorrow. A sword is a sword, nothing more. Hope, compassion and wisdom born of experience are, for Middle-earth as for our world, the mightiest weapons at hand.
Introduction to The Two Towers Visual Companion
'...it's all about telling stories for me: taking pictures, painting, poems. It's all about telling stories, or parts of stories.'
An Actor Lured By Western Promise
By Ty Burr
28 September 2008
...there's a sense that pieces of Aragorn always will cling to the actor. As he says, "Aragorn is a work in progress, as we all are in an endless tale." The same could be said of Mortensen. And his story is destined to continue.
It's Good to be "King"
By Susan Wloszczyna
16 December 2003