Quotable Viggo 2016


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Quotable Viggo: 2 April 2016

It's a bit of a bumper collection this week! When I did the recent Quotable of my favourite pithy reviews, I also started pulling out a bunch of quotes centred around the physicality of Viggo's performances. He clearly has most critics mesmerised and his charismatic physical presence makes some reviewers wax almost poetic. It's a combination of beauty, flexibility, ambiguity and the ability to balance the two forces of vulnerability and power that gives him enough onscreen magnetism to destroy all those credit cards.

© Focus Features.

Viggo Mortensen has one of the most incredible faces in the world, striking and amazingly versatile. His rough-hewn, chiseled visage allows him to inhabit any character he wants to, regardless of background or ethnicity, and we buy into it unconditionally.

Through physical appearance alone, Mortensen can be both "Lord of the Rings'" rugged warrior and noble king and "Hidalgo's" half-Lakota cowboy. He was even entirely convincing as an everyman with a shady past in "A History of Violence".

Andrew Smith
Charleston Gazette
29 Sept 2007

Viggo Mortensen, however, is that rare American actor who is both muscular and humane, tough and sensitive, fighter and lover. He seduces us with a threat of danger, his chiseled Nordic physique and stunning blue eyes.

Viggo Mortensen Talks The Road
By Anne Thompson
Indie Wire
13 September 2009

As he progresses through this limbo-like landscape we watch him gradually transforming, Mortenson's weathered features becoming akin to the rocks surrounding him.

David James
6 April 2015

The warm candle light extending rapid strokes of red and orange in the dark, as in a painting by Georges de La Tour, outlining Daru´s (Viggo Mortensen) chiselled and beautiful profile...

Loin des Hommes
Alessia Pelonzi
Bad Taste – translated by Ollie
30 August 2014

Watching Viggo Mortensen positioning himself in grand style in the preparation for the climactic shootout offers visual pleasure as well as reaffirmation of a code of honor that may be too mythical but helps maintain the tradition of the Westerner as a gentleman guided by strong inner conscience and sense of self.

Emmanuel Levy
7 September 2008

Mr. Mortensen gives [The Man] a gaunt grandeur—it doesn't hurt that the actor's face can evoke paintings of Christ without a muscle being moved—and an emotional spectrum that is muted but remarkably wide, considering the character's plight and the author's spare style.

The Road
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
26 November 2009

Mortensen, bearded, smudged, greasy-haired, has a primal, haggard beauty.

The Road
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
15 November 2009

His still eyes and body language is so captivating that his performances look as beautiful as the landscapes.

Loin des Hommes
Nafees Ahmed
High on Films
17 September 2015

Viggo Mortensen is just amazing as Nikolai. He's the ideal Cronenberg anti-hero: gentle and macho at the same time, as charismatic as Steve McQueen and as beautiful as a saint in a master painting. When Nikolai gets his star tattoos—the Russian equivalent of being "made"—Mortensen sprawls nude on a red banquette, lit from above like a Caravaggio martyr.

Eastern Promises
Dana Stevens
13 Sept 2007

... with his extraordinary looks (those cheekbones could have been cut by a jeweler) and athlete's physique, he all but demands the camera's attention.

Eastern Promises
Christopher Orr
TNR Online
15 Sept 2007

Mr. Mortensen's physical presence dominates any frame in which he appears by virtue of his mesomorph solidity. His Nikolai represents the sort of idealized Russian alpha male who might have just stepped from the stone perch of a patriotic sculpture; indeed, by all appearances a punch to Nikolai's stony jaw would result in naught but broken knuckles. As icing on the beefcake, Viggo can act…

Eastern Promises
John P, Meyer
Pegasus News
15 Sept 2007

There are some actors who work with the gesture: the fold of Robert Mitchum's eyes while he takes the last drag off a cigarette; Bogart's voice and the tic of his hand lightly touching his ear lobe to accompany a thought... Viggo Mortensen, on the other hand, can be completely expressive just by walking.

By Susana Fortes - translated by Xabo
El País
21 September 2006

The sharpest scenes are those where Mortensen turns into a stranger in front of his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), a sexy lawyer whose loyalty gradually crumbles into hysteria as her husband hardens like cement before her eyes. Even his vocabulary and accent change.

A History of Violence
James Christopher
The Times (UK)
29 September 2005

Appearances are deceptive, indeed. What's more, Mortensen skillfully injects that deception into his chameleon performance. His features themselves seem to evolve, soft at first and then growing hard, progressing (regressing) from cherubic choirboy to flinty-eyed thug and back again.

A History of Violence
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail
23 September 2005

...Mortensen's the kind of actor-turned-star who allows himself to be shot in shadow and mottle and shade, a palette of light that often obscures his features as much as illuminates them.... Mortensen's an actor I'm content just to watch: Those riven cheeks, taut against blade-sharp cheekbones, features that gift golden hour. He quietly inhabits the role of Frank Hopkins....

Ray Pride
Movie City News
4 March 2004

Perched on a post like a big, black-plumaged bird of prey, beautiful Viggo Mortensen is a long-haired, soft-voiced, doe-eyed seducer.

Sympathy for the Devil
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
MSN.com 18 April 2005

Deploying that unsettling stare and those bacon-slicer cheekbones for the first time, he creates a memorably feral, seductive and unpredictable lost soul with a capacity to switch from charm to menace in an instant that brings to mind a young Kirk Douglas.

The Indian Runner (1991) Film Review
By Jeff Robson
Eye for Film
14 September 2011

His features were as clean and untrammelled as a new field of wheat and his eyes were so wide apart you could have driven an Amish buggy between them.

Man Power
By Katherine Mitchell
September 2002

I spent the duller sections thinking about how flaxen-haired Legolas looks like a Milky Bar hippy as he pings his egg-slicer-strong arrows at the barbarous monsters. I also drifted off looking at Viggo Mortensen: has a more virile, dynamic actor ever appeared on the silver screen?

The Two Towers
Sukhdev Sandhu
The Daily Telegraph
December 18, 2002

Quotable Viggo: 19 March 2016

The latest snippet from Total Film revealing that Viggo brought his own canoe along for Captain Fantastic brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'paddling your own canoe'. Not only do we get Viggo in each movie, we also get a substantial part of the contents of his house as well, along with collected bits and pieces from his preparation period. Who needs a props department when Viggo can bring 'the kitchen sink'?

Image Larry Horricks.
© Good Films.

''I like to offer up things of my own that might be appropriate.

''Many of the books you see on the bus and in our home are books I brought.

''There's also my canoe, things from the kitchen, knives, and clothes. I brought a lot of plants from the garden.''

Viggo Mortensen
Family Values
Total Film
May 2016

'I tend to bring things to films. I find things that are useful for a movie and I usually end up getting along well with the prop man, or the designer. In this film, for example, there are the books that Chester finds in the market... I brought those books.'

Viggo Mortensen talks The Two Faces Of January, singing with Fassbender and throwing a nappy at Al Pacino
by Tom Ward
16 May 2014

"The Danes were involved in two wars in the 1800s: in 1848 and 1864. For my role, I found a uniform from this 1848 war, as well as a sabre from this war, and a double-medal for a man who served in both wars. This medal was very important. Most of the people back then were farmers, but they would be out with the pigs, with their medals, that is how important these medals were."

Viggo Mortensen - Jauja
A Conversation with Viggo Mortensen at Cannes
Karin Luisa
Huffington Post
21 May 2014

He gets off the plane, rents a car, turns up and starts to decorate his trailer. This time he brought some of the things from that Viennese world that Freud inhabited. And he wrote those letters you see in the film, painstakingly, like Freud did.

"That's his process. These things add texture to his characters.

Michael Fassbender – A Dangerous Method
Viggo Mortensen shows his independent side
by Demetrios Matheou
Herald Scotland
4 March 2015

"He's a very cerebral man. He turned up with these beautiful old antique books from the time, like Baudelaire, and things that his character would have had. He had a bag of goodies that he brought with him and a hat, a tie and a shoulder holster. I thought, 'this guy is f**king cool.' I was quite intimidated."

Sam Riley – On The Road
Sullivan on Cinema: Sam Riley
By Chris Sullivan
9 June 2011

I brought [from Germany and Poland] a lot of books, editions that would have been from that time. Poets from the 18th and 19th centuries, and Scandinavian writers. And my glasses; I found some frames that were made back then. My pocket watch. Little things. I like collaborating with the props and set designers, to feel like I'm involved in the character's life.

Q&A with Viggo Mortensen - Good
Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 2008

During the film shoot, Mortensen had with him artefacts that he had brought back from Russia - including worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters. He decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons and created an atmosphere that was conducive to maintaining his character.

Eastern Promises Production Notes
Focus Features
20 August 2007

Mortensen's commitment translated to a collection of artifacts he purchased in the Midwest on his travels, which included ducks and a bank in the shape of a fish head that says 'fishin' money' on it and is set on the diner's cash register, posters of Birds of North America, some landscapes, a small ceramic eagle and other animal sculptures for his daughter's room which he thought Tom's character would have in his home."

"Viggo has been very active in helping to create the surroundings that his character will emerge from. That is unique," says Cronenberg.

A History of Violence
Cannes Film Festival 2005 Press Kit

"It's amazing what he brought to that role," Fusco says. "I remember I was in my hotel room in Santa Fe, and there's this knock on the door pretty late at night. I open it, and there was Viggo holding a rifle. He said, 'I got some ideas about the scope my character would have on his rifle. Do you have a minute?' He came in, and he sat down dead serious and showed me this conversion he'd done to an historically accurate scope. He said, 'With all the copper mining in these parts, I think it would be copper.' I remember thinking, 'Wow, this guy is serious. He's really got it.'"

John Fusco – Young Guns 11
Mandi Bierly
Entertainment Weekly
6 August 2010

"He was dazzlingly committed all the time. He literally brings the kitchen sink for a character," says Penn, who delighted in seeing Mortensen arrive on set each day with a "Santa Claus sack" full of various props he'd chosen. "He's an often solitary, very poetic creature, Viggo, and all of that worked [for the movie]."

The Indian Runner
History Teacher by Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly
August 19, 2005

'...was I who suggested to Ridley Scott the use of a poem by D.H. Lawrence for the introduction scene in "GI Jane'. This reference gave my military character another dimension. It made him a lot more original, it was also my way of making him less misogynist! And the book which I give to Demi Moore, in which there is that poem, it was mine, all battered, really old ...'

Viggo Mortensen – GI Jane
Viggo Mortensen: The Soul of a Warrior
by Juliette Michaud
Studio Magazine
December 2002

'I played a painter and I needed to have all of this artwork around me, so I asked if I could do some paintings myself. I just went crazy. I couldn't sleep. I did about 45 paintings in two weeks.'

Viggo Mortensen - A Perfect Murder
The Hot New 39-Year-Old
by Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine

"...there's also some other personal belongings in [A Perfect Murder] because my movies are a kind of photo album for me. When I look at them some years from now, they'll reflect my feelings and where I was at that time. The pants I wear are some I found in Denmark. Other belongings are some things I got from my aunt in Jystrup. They're just some small things which make me feel at home and more relaxed."

Viggo Mortensen – A Perfect Murder
Nice And Sensitive Movie-Star
By Susanne Johansen - translated by Majken
Berlingske Tidende
10 October 1998

Quotable Viggo: 13 March 2016

Whenever I go through all the film reviews I've collected there are always some I just have to stop and read again because I enjoy them so much. Pithy, witty or just spot on, they are all favourites. Some make regular appearances in Quotables because I just can't resist them, and some are a bit less familiar but no less fun.

© Haddock Films.

If you, for some reason, want to watch Viggo Mortensen watching Viggo Mortensen take a bath, then, my friend, your luck is in...

Everybody has a Plan
Stefan Pape
28 May 2013

When the world goes boom, I want Viggo Mortensen to be my dad.

The Road
Marshall Fine
Huffington Post
24 November 2009

Viggo Mortensen surely wasn't just cast because he's a great actor; it's because no one can rock a 1960s cream linen suit quite like him.

Two Faces of January
Leigh Singer
19 May 2014

Viggo Mortensen has so much on-screen magnetism, he'll probably destroy the credit cards of anyone sitting in the first 10 rows.

A Dangerous Method
Wallace Bain
Santa Cruz Sentinel
25 January 2012

He's a master of minimalism – what most actors need a monologue to express, Mortensen can convey in one wordless close-up, from behind sunglasses. But a long, naked fight sequence? You've got to admire his balls. And now you can.

Eastern Promises
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
18 October 2007

...what Walker does to her under a waterfall should be bottled.

A Walk on The Moon
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, April 2, 1999

Viggo Mortensen, priceless in Old Bull Lee / William Burroughs, highly intelligent and completely smoky.

On the Road
Norbert Creutz
Le Temps
26 May 2012

Just seeing him stand there, his face half-obscured by a tattered black hat, his sculpted frame offset by a long cloak worn over the shoulders — it's no wonder Maria looks as though she's ready for cardiac arrest every time he appears.

Kaori Shoji
Japan Times
11 December 2008

...Viggo Mortensen plays a small-town American paterfamilias, equal parts Marlboro Man and Terminator...

A History of Violence
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
11 Sept 2005

...if there is in recent cinema a more convincing scene of psychological torture than the moment when Mortensen rages against a teeny-weeny Patricia Arquette, spattering her with mouthfuls of food, I'd really rather not see it, thank you.

The Indian Runner
On Viggo Mortensen
By Ryan Gilbey
4 December 2007

…as weathered and craggily handsome as any butte in Monument Valley.

Richard Corliss on Mortensen, Harris and
19 September 2008

Mortensen plays the devil with a malicious glee that can only be seen in psych wards.

The Prophecy
Colin Briggs
Gotcha Movies
4 July 2013

When it comes to playing disillusioned veterans of anti-Indian atrocities, it's Viggo Mortensen over Tom Cruise by a nose.

Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

"Jauja" is also thrillingly beautiful, and graced with Mortensen, who seizes the imagination even when he's sniffing horse manure.

Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
18 March 2015

Viggo Mortensen, in a small role, manages to steal a scene from Pacino without ever getting out of his chair.

Carlito's Way
Ken Dubois Ultimate Edition DVD Review
October 2005

Brooding, intense, and handy with a blade, Mortensen is the film's greatest strength - Han Solo to Wood's Luke Skywalker.

The Fellowship of the Ring
Nev Pierce
11 December 2001

Viggo is noble, Viggo is powerful, Viggo is resplendent.

Return of the King
Film Hobbit
16 December 3003

Quotable Viggo: 27 February 2016

You may find it hard to believe, but it's been just over four years since Viggo braved the stage at El Matadero in Madrid for Dorfman's Purgatorio. In theatre there is nowhere to hide. There is no second take, the audience is just a few feet away eyeballing you and if you forget your words you just have to keep going until you pick them up again. It's an challenging experience Viggo that enjoyed very much and one I hope he'll return to one day.

Rehearsals - October 2011
Image Andrés de Gabriel.
© Teatro Español.

What brought you to theatre? "Fear. I've done theatre because it frightens me. I'm attracted to everything that frightens me. It's not like in film, where you do a take and then you can do another and another. Theatre is just one live take that lasts an hour and 40 minutes, depending on the performance. It's a new adventure every night. If you get off track, you have to see how to get back."

Viggo Mortensen: "I'm attracted to what scares me"
By Roció García - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El País
24 November 2011

"Any mistake you make is live, and it can go off the rails," he said. "Also, in the script, there's a lot of repetition and a lot of strange things about time."

Viggo Mortensen interview
By Chris Brock
Watertown Daily Times
20 November 2011

"I learned more about acting and thinking on your feet in that play than in my last ten or fifteen years in filming," he says, seriously... I really loved it, loved the connection with the audience."

Viggo's round-table at the Freud Museum
by Lucy Wiles
Felix Films
10 February 2012

"[Dorfman] sent me a version of the play. It's a play that has been evolving. It was performed in a theater workshop, I think in Seattle, in the northwestern United States, for the first time and it's been attempted several times. Ariel says, more or less in jest, that it's a cursed play, that every time he tries to put it on in a, shall we say, legitimate theater, it doesn't work. Someone gets sick, something happens, somebody leaves, and there's been a long journey for us, too, before arriving here."

"La Ventana" with Viggo and Carme
By - transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Cadena SER
23 November 2011

Do you approach a character for the theatre in the same way you would if you were acting in a film?

Yes, always with a certain fear and preparing myself the best I can, paying a lot of attention. I don't think there's so much difference between good acting in film and good acting in theatre. In general, depending on the size of the hall, it's true that in theatre you have to take into account adequate voice projection, but, ultimately, what matters is whether the spectator believes what the actor is doing or not.

Viggo Mortensen: "Sometimes I have thought that I´ve been an idiot to get into this theatrical challenge"
By Liz Perales - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Cultural
31 October 2011

Sometimes, during rehearsals, I have thought that I've been an idiot to get into this theatrical challenge, but then the doubt, the insecurity go away and I keep enjoying what I´m learning from my colleague Carme Elías, and from our director, Josep María Mestres. Ariel Dorfman´s script is demanding, but it´s full of little gifts that keep coming to you to the extent that you are deciphering the text and physically absorbing it.

Viggo Mortensen: "Sometimes I have thought that I´ve been an idiot to get into this theatrical challenge"
By Liz Perales - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Cultural
31 October 2011

"…this script is complicated because it's not how people speak. I think that it's just as complicated to seem natural, conversational in a script by Lope de Vega, by Shakespeare. It's complicated! And when you find it, you find the humour in a phrase or in the circumstances, in the moment...Then, yes. Then it begins to be more fun and you begin to understand. During rehearsals, even in some performances, there are moments in which we say, "Ah, that phrase also means this or it could..." Or, last night, we had quite a laugh there. Also, it's also possible...Or, at times, you cry at one point and during another performance, you don't. I don't know, because the thing is alive."

"La Ventana" with Viggo and Carme
By - transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Cadena SER
23 November 2011

"I find peace in Viggo´s eyes. Confronted with the giddiness of the text, you can take risks with him, walk the tightrope."

Carme Elías
Viggo Mortensen And Forgiveness
By Ulises Fuente - translated by Ollie and Rio
La Razón
1 November 2011

I put the script here, although I already know the text. I always have the script backstage. I have this owl with the bracelet in San Lorenzo colors; I touch the two eyes of the owl every night before I go on. I have a photo of San Lorenzo's first championship team in 1923, Father Lorenzo Massa, the Silesian who founded San Lorenzo, I have chocolate. I'm always eating...

Viggo Mortensen
Inside The Dressing Room
By - transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Mundo
15 December 2011

Yesterday we were at the Matadero watching Purgatorio, Ariel Dorfman's play starring Viggo Mortensen and Carme Elías. We enjoyed it very much. The two actors, towering, in my opinion, remained onstage, alone, without intermissions and with no company or props but a bed, a table and two chairs, for an hour and three quarters. It seems a luxury to me to be able to see a star like Mortensen onstage in Madrid, speaking Spanish (with an Argentinian accent; something that surprised some people, but not me, having already listened to many of his interviews in Spain)....

It seems incredible to me that the guy I had seen the day before in Freud´s skin in Cronenberg´s flick was the same actor we had less than a metre away (we were in the first row, facing the stage). He looked like another, completely different person. With another voice, other features, other movements...If this is not a huge actor, I don´t know who could be.

Purgatorio Review
By José Angel Barrueco - translated by Ollie and Rio
28 November 2011

Viggo Mortensen is a better stage than film actor. And not because that medium is bad, but because the nearness of the spectator and the live performance allow one to appreciate more intensely the entire panoply of gestures and intonations that accompany his acting. From the sober, tough, unpleasant, and relentless interrogator of the first act, he transforms himself into the frightened, eager to please, somewhat conceited and competitive man he is in the second, when the roles change and he turns into the victim of a tyrant, also played to perfection by Carme Elías, who is at times playful and affectionate, other times inflexible and insensitive.

An Interpretive Reading
By María Martín - translated by Ollie and Rio
Diario Abierto
14 November 2011

...Viggo Mortensen is unsurpassable in humanity, contained pain and buried passion.

You and I make four
By Marcos Ordóñez - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El País
7 November 2011

'[It's] been a tough but rewarding challenge after more than 20 years not doing a play. Tough subject, difficult script to memorize and present.'

Viggo Mortensen on Purgatorio
Viggo Mortensen Talks Working With Kristen Stewart in On the Road
by Allie Merriam
Buzz Sugar
29 November 2011

Quotable Viggo: 21 February 2016

One of Viggo's favourite films, and one which had a huge influence on him as a young man, is Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. It is, of course, a silent film and it is carried on the shoulders of the great Maria Falconetti who could speak volumes with the smallest gesture or change of expression. Sound familiar? Viggo has always been lauded by critics for the same ability to speak without speaking. of course his films contain dialogue, but often his characters don't say that much. His ability to rivet critics attention while saying very little started early, famously even playing a mute role in The Passion of Darkly Noon where he didn't even speak on set. I'm always amused by the contrast between the strong, silent roles he often takes and the fact that in interviews it's pretty hard to get him to stop talking.

© New Line Productions Inc.

Mortensen is a voluble man, off-screen — he frequently responds to questions with dense, uninterruptible monologues — but as an actor, he is usually allotted taciturn, still-rivers-run-deep roles.

Viggo Talks and Talks
By Zoe Heller
T Magazine
2 December 2011

Although he has no dialogue throughout as Clay is a mute, his silent actions are evidence that this actor is not one who doesn't need lines to act the role of his career. To a lesser-talented actor, this restriction might have resulted in a poor performance but does not.

"The Passion of Darkly Noon" Review
By Russell Hill

Even though Mortensen is the lead he really doesn't say too much but his character just has this strong silent presence and he takes care of business.

Alienbee.net Blu-ray review
13 February 2013

"When I saw some of Viggo's work, I thought, that's always who I've had in my head. I realized there is not one other actor anywhere who could play Viggo's part other than Viggo. He has this kind of complexity and mysteriousness to him. He doesn't have to say much and you get a lot."

Tony Goldwyn, Director of A Walk on the Moon
Actor Goldwyn side-stepped cliches for summer of '69 directorial debut
By Robin Blackwelder
SPLICEDwire, splicedonline.com
February 24, 1999

…..keep your eyes on Mortensen. You could make an entire movie about the way that guy just stands in a room and quietly scans the atmosphere for even the slightest molecular disturbance.

Come to think of it, Eastern Promises may be that movie.

By Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
6 Sept 2007

Mortensen is a glowering marvel, locating a great range of expression in impassivity, his stone face prone to compelling split-second fissures.

Indelible Ink
By Adam Nayman
Eye Weekly
30 Aug 2007

He's not an actor who's usually given great lines of dialogue, but you see him, for example, in the final scene of History of Violence, David Cronenberg's film, and you realize how incredible his work is, the things you can read in his face.'

Lisandro Alonso
"It´s a mixture of spaces, times and languages."
By Diego Brodersen - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Pagina 12

The scene which confirms the truth is a masterclass in understatement - it's a shot rather than a scene, the merest flicker on Mortensen's face, but you couldn't say it wasn't dynamite. The actor nailed it on his first stab; Cronenberg knew instantly that there was no need for take two.

A History of Violence
On Viggo Mortensen
By Ryan Gilbey
4 December 2007

A single close-up upon realization of his daughter's disappearance and the quest it will entail becomes a tender conduit, a portraiture of a historical human that is unspeakably, indefinably beautiful. And from there he plunges away from his tent-and-soldier edge of civilization into a beyond that is only the older world.

Daniel Kasman – Jauja review
21 May 2014

Mortensen's power comes directly from his eyes. They speak much more than any line he delivers in the film and offer an astounding glimpse into the psyche of his character.

Christopher Childs - A History of Violence
May 31, 2005

In Viggo Mortensen, Hillcoat is working with one of the current cinema's great quiet everymen, and if anyone can make the novel's stolid, unnamed hero empathic and emotionally alive on screen whilst remaining loyal to the novel's aesthetic minimalism, it's this immensely physical, restrained performer
Kris Tapley – The Road
August 2009

Mortensen's performance is a thing of wonder; he is an actor whose instrument is more finely tuned with each new venture. Using his entire body to signal pain, but particularly wielding his glassy eyes like sharp little weapons, the actor captures a cagey, yet hopeful spirit, a good man in a worst case scenario trying to do what he can to get by. Not unlike the greatest leading men in classic Hollywood westerns, Mortensen is stoic, brimming with quiet fury.

Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat
Matt Mazur
22 November 2009

Anyone familiar with Mortensen's career will know that he tends not to be a big talker. Instead, he makes his presence felt on screen by way of a steely, periodically murderous intensity. In the flesh, he's not short of intensity either. His pale blue eyes stare at you unblinking, while at the same time a deep vertical groove runs down his forehead.

Viggo Mortensen on 'A Dangerous Method'
By John Preston
Seven Magazine
The Telegraph
11 February 2012

Few actors can do stillness on screen with as much conviction as Viggo Mortensen. That chiselled face, turned towards a landscape or held in concentration as someone else speaks, can stand in for any amount of narrative exposition: look at any of Mortensen's characters and you know, without having to be told about it, that man's had a hell of a past... Quiet as he is, he commands the screen.

Far From Men: Viggo Mortensen saddles up in Albert Camus' short story
by Stephanie Bunbury
Sydney Morning Herald
23 July 2015

...from the first scenes of Viggo Mortensen, playing a teacher running a school and teaching local kids to read and write in 1954, you realize that he packs all the qualities of the archetypal strong and silent man as he has been constructed in the mythology of classic American westerns.

2 September 2014

Everett says very little and spends a lot of time just watching the other characters, so Mortensen's performance resides almost entirely in his eyes, which register tiny, unmistakable nuances of surprise, suspicion and amusement.

These are what make the movie worth watching

A O Scott - Appaloosa
International Herald Tribune
18 September 2008

"I can talk on film," he quipped on the red carpet, poking fun at the many roles in which he is a man of few words.

Viggo accepting his Genie Award
Viggo Mortensen wins
8 March 2012

Quotable Viggo: 6 February 2016

We've been hearing a lot about fatherhood lately. As well as being the father to a large family in Captain Fantastic, Viggo has been in several films with a strong theme of fathers trying to do right by their children: Dinesen looking for his daughter, Tom Stall and his two children, the Man and his son in The Road. Fatherhood is also a strong theme in Alatriste, where the Captain is trying to do his best for his ward, Inigo. Even Freud in A Dangerous Method has a paternal relationship with Jung. But – of course – Viggo is a real dad with a real son...

© New Line Productions Inc.

Does your son think you're cool?

I wouldn't say so. I think, being a teenager, he has a healthy amount of -- I don't know if disrespect is the word. But he thinks I'm kind of a goofball a lot of the time. He doesn't buy the Aragorn or Frank Hopkins image. He knows I'm his dad.

Viggo on locusts, life and kissing Liv Tyler
By Molly Woulfe
Northwest Indiana Times thetimesonline.com
3 August 2004

'I am a dad and there is no such thing as a perfect father and mother and this character is doing the best he can.'

'Captain Fantastic' explores fatherhood, family and man vs. society
Larry D Curtis
25 January 2016

The real pull [of The Road], however, was the theme of fatherhood. Mortensen cracks with pride if you ask about Henry, his 21-year-old son by Exene Cervenka, singer with the influential punk band X. Their marriage ended after 11 years but the couple remain on amicable terms, and Henry is the apple of his eye. They share a "pals" relationship, writing poetry, jamming together, and taking cross-country drives
across America.

The Road
Interview - Viggo Mortensen, Actor
By Siobhan Synnot
The Scotsman
28 December 2009

'The H [tattoo] stands for Henry - my son. I got it tattooed to feel his presence when we are separated. It's more practical than constantly holding a photo in your hand.'

The Outsider
By Roland Huschke - translated by Sally
January 2008

SKIP: You are a profound connoisseur of the writings of both Freud and Jung and occupied yourself in depth with their theories. Both worked on the psychology of children - did they form any influence on the way you brought up your son (Henry Blake, born 1988?

Viggo Mortensen:
If ever I learned something from Freud and Jung, it's the fact that you cannot form a human being, but only guide him. You can aid him in being aware of himself, but never change him basically. With Henry, it was important for me from the beginning to show him asmuch of the world as possible and let him take his own decisions. He always was a very bright boy, he reads a lot and watchesall kinds of films.

Couch Hero
By Kurt Zechner - translated by Athelin
September 2011

"I have never met a child so well adapted as he is. He is taller and physically stronger than me, and he is a very calm and rational person. I often wonder how he can be so calm. He is very social and he has much more self-confidence than I had at his age. He is pretty remarkable."

Sophisticated and Talented Hollywood Eccentric
By Tina Joehnk Christensen - translated by Rosen and Estel
January 2007

Are you a hands-on dad?

I've always been a hands-on dad. I thought about my son quite a bit while making the [The Road] and the transition that he made into pre-adolescence. My son reminds me of Kodi a lot. He's also wise beyond his years. In this movie, you see the kid calling on his dad for strength, but the dad can't always be strong and have all the answers. I guess that's universal. Any parent that has a relatively consistent relationship with their kids, no matter how good it is, reaches a point in pre-adolescence where they suddenly look at their dad or their mom and realize they're not everything.

Mortensen Ponders Fatherhood And The End Of The World
By Cindy Pearlman
Chicago Sun-Times
22 November 2009

A poet and musician himself who attends school in New York City, Henry has traveled extensively with his dad, joined him for live readings, and played with him on his albums. On a coast-to-coast road trip when Henry was 11, Mortensen says, his son made a homemade map ahead of time to chart their itinerary, a map Mortensen has kept. "Instead of a little under 3,000 miles, it looked like it was going to be 16,000 or so, a kind of insane cardiogram, you know?" he laughs. "It took us the time it took us."

A History Of Defiance
By Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

'We know very well that the experience of fatherhood is always unique, bringing up a son is a real adventure. What really counts is the example we give to our children, our behaviour, especially when we are tired or stressed.'

Captain Alatriste: betrayed by life, by his woman and his king
By Chiara Ugolini - translated by Cindalea
16 October 2006

David Cronenberg: As far as I know your son advised you to take this role [Aragorn] because he knows the books by Tolkien, and he was present during the shooting. And I still haven't met him. Or do you fear I could have a bad influence on him?

Viggo Mortensen: That's it. When I think about it then it's really the first movie where Henry didn't visit me on set, not even for a short time. In some of my other movies Henry appears somewhere in the background.

Two-Men Show
By Silvia Feist - translated by Always Smiling and Doreen
Vogue Deutsch
November 2005

Part of Henry's reward was joining the cast. He has played a villainous orc, a heroic Gondorian and a young soldier of Rohan in some of the battle sequences.

Asked if his teenage son is impressed to have Aragorn for a dad, the actor wrinkles his face.

"Ehhh ... he has a healthy amount of disrespect for me and every other adult," he said. "That comes with being that age. If it was otherwise I would think there is something wrong with him."

Mellow Warrior
By Anthony Breznican
South Coast Today
15 December 2003

You've played many different, complicated roles, but how do you see yourself in that of being a father? What does fatherhood mean to you?

A more important role than all of those I've done in films.

Web Chat with Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
20 Minutos
6 September 2012

How long would he like to live?

"Forever." Without hesitation.

Really? Wouldn't you get bored?

"There's no excuse to be bored," Mortensen says. "Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there is no excuse for boredom, ever."

A pause. "Of course. Henry says, 'Yeah, well, Dad, if you were in my science class you'd know what it is to be bored.' I guess that's something a little different."

Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004

What's the most special thing about being a father?

Viggo: Everything.

What's special about my dad is...everything.

Pop Stars
June 2001

Quotable Viggo: 30 January 2016

After what seems – for us - to have been an almost endless wait, Captain Fantastic has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mainly positive and, in some cases, extremely enthusiastic reviews. Viggo's performance has been highly praised. Indeed, he seems to have been perfectly cast as the dad who goes that one step further in extreme off-the-grid parenting. Here is a round-up of the best of them for those of you who might have missed things in all the flurry of excitement.

© Bleecker Street.

Viggo Mortensen gets the role he may well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own terms.... The inspired choice of casting Mortensen — a natural Papa Bear, who taps into both his physical strength and spiritual gentleness — shows through best when interacting with the kids, though the actor also shines when forced to defend his choices to others.

Peter Debruge
23 January 2016

This is the film I've been waiting for. And I don't just mean it's the film I was waiting for at Sundance, but perhaps this is the film I was waiting to come across in my life. Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic is one of the most inspiring, invigorating, and intelligent films I've ever seen at Sundance.... Every last scene and every moment is handled with care. It's often overtly hilarious because Mortensen speaks so honestly, he always tells his kids the real answers to their questions, never filtering anything. It made me smile more and more every time it happened.

Alex Billington
23 January 2016

From the first frame Mortensen completely owns the role of poet meets MacGyver, his movie star face a bit softer and grizzlier.

Matt Donnelly
The Wrap
23 January 2016

The movie really belongs to Mortensen, who allows Ben to be exasperating, arrogant and impatient but also warm, loving and caring. He's a tough but adoring father, a grieving widower and an angry defender of his wife's final wishes, and Mortensen plays all these notes and more with subtlety and grace.

Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
24 January 2016

Captain Fantastic is charmingly eccentric and sweet and funny — and Mortensen is terrific (no huge surprise there).

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
24 January 2016

A common trope at Sundance is the star-led indie, painted top-to-toe with eccentricities that are meant to represent/replace both story and character development. Relatively straightforward narratives that stand out thanks to shock-and-awe details that usually fade not too long after the well-regarded premiere.

Captain Fantastic, written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), threatens to reinforce the expectation, before rising above and standing on its own. Much of the credit goes to Viggo Mortensen, who remains a singularly dominant on-screen presence, in a role here that feels deigned by the movie gods.

Dan Mecca
The Film Stage
24 January 2016

And then there's Mortensen whose warmth makes Ben one of the most admirable movie dads, a strong leader with a loving and playful heart. Just as Ben provides the foundation for his kids to thrive on, Mortensen brings the film from good to excellent. Captain Fantastic should be remembered as one of the best films to come out of Sundance, and, if it has a life beyond the festival, maybe one of the best of the year.

Erin Whitney
Screen Crush
25 January 2016

The lead role fits Mortensen like a glove, and he's surrounded by a very capable supporting cast... Mortensen's own renaissance man characteristics segue seamlessly into Ben's intellectual idealism. He crafts every beat of this character seemingly without even trying; his may be the most seemingly-effortless performance at Sundance this year.

Russ Fischer
The Playlist
25 January 2016

Viggo is ideally cast. He's always seemed like a man from another time, and it feels like a role only he could have played. Probably the reason for this is that he's just so sincere. Mortensen always seems like a man with good intentions, and his love for his children is never anything less than convincing. He also shows a bit of levity here for the first time in a while, with amusing scenes where he tries to give his eight-year-old the "birds and the bees" talk or fakes being a Christian home-schooler to avoid the cops. He's absolutely likable, even if for much of the film I thought the character was insane.

Chris Bumbray
Jo Blo
26 January 2016

Ben, initially viewed as wise and calm, eventually shows another side that, from the right angle, looks selfish and self-serving. He's not perfect - but he is fascinatingly real. Mortensen, with his beard looking like a coloring experiment at a barber college, gives a wonderfully controlled and witty performance, supported by George MacKay (who will be seen in "11.22.63") and the ever-reliable Hahn and Zahn. It's a funny film with heart that will have you in tears and leave you thinking.

Marshall Fine
Huffington Post
26 January 2016

As the only guiding force in these kids' lives, Mortensen's role is the most important in the film. He's totally believable as a man who's set his own moral code and lived by it for years. As he realises that he stands to lose his children to the outside world, Mortensen's performance shifts up a gear, becoming more sensitive and moving.

Ed Frankl
Little White Lies
28 January 2016

Viggo Mortensen is perfectly cast as Ben, a man who truly believes he's giving his children a better life by abstaining from the disease of society, but who still loves his children very dearly..."Captain Fantastic" is all heart and is strengthened by Mortensen's performance. It's a new take on the idea of family, but one that is a fresh look on a different version of it.

Mae Abdulbaki
28 January 2016

Funny and vivacious, the movie is an ode to triumphing over the weight of the world, whether that means evading it or embracing it. Ross' biggest accomplishment is crafting a script that doesn't feel like a hodgepodge of tree-hugging tropes -- in fact, by the end, it's the opposite. There's wisdom to glean in Ben's philosophizing, which can be purposefully grating at times, and there's wisdom to glean in everything he gets wrong about the ills of a systemized society, even if it means "the powerful control the lives of the powerless." "Captain Fantastic" is about a guy figuring out how to care for his children, and how to course-correct when he realizes he hasn't gotten everything right.

Matthew Jacobs
Huffington Post
25 January 2016

Ross has given Captain Fantastic a really gorgeous look, with terrific location photography and a real ethereal vibe at times that makes this feel reminiscent of Into the Wild, where it closer to a family film. It's certainly a big-hearted, often beautiful family film that really belongs on the big screen and will hopefully pick up the kind of distributor that can make that happen.

Chris Bumbray
Jo Blo
26 January 2016

Mortensen is likely to attract the most attention for his performance, some are already calling for an Oscar nomination, but the film only works because the ensemble is fantastic. Not an easy task considering that the cast is dominated by young actors. Casting directors don't get their due, but clearly Ross had extraordinary help in finding the perfect mix of actors.

"Captain Fantastic" a special film, the kind I look forward to seeing again and again.

Ryan Painter
27 January 2016

Quotable Viggo: 24 January 2016

A recent comment by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in A.V Club described Viggo as 'incapable of coming across as vain' (first quote below). I immediately stored it away to create a Quotable around it as it's a recurring theme for those who have worked with Viggo over the years. He's one of the team, never demanding special treatment, never taking all the praise, never surrounded by a personal entourage. Never, never the Movie Star. That's our Viggo.

© Rafi Castillo.

...despite his behind-the-scenes involvement with Jauja (as producer, composer, and even subtitle proofreader), the movie doesn't come across as a Mortensen vanity project. Maybe that's because Mortensen, an actor with an amazing instinct for subtlety and believability, is incapable of coming across as vain.

In praise of Viggo Mortensen and the interdependent actor
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
13 January 2015

He never had Champagne dreams and caviar wishes…

Viggo Talks and Talks
By Zoe Heller
T Magazine
2 December 2011

...despite his movie-star reputation and looks, Mortensen remains a remarkably humble screen presence.

Far From Men review
Peter Debruge
30 August 2014

I'm sorry to have to break this to you, but Viggo Mortensen is not a movie star. A poet? Yes. Photographer? Yep. Guitarist? Sure. Author? Uh-huh. Painter? Yessir. Actor? Most definitely. But celebrity? No way.

Viggo Mortensen on 'The Road'
By David Jenkins
Time Out
7 January 2010

In contrast to the prancing egos on display at the TIFF, the undisputed hero this year has been charismatic, versatile and totally charming Viggo

What Has Happened to the Toronto Film Festival?
Rex Reed
The New York Observer
9 September 2008

The typical Hollywood leading man travels with an entourage between his palatial homes, five-star hotel suites and luxury trailers. He does not disappear alone for two weeks to meet the Russian mafia in the name of research.

Actor joins the underworld's shadowy cast
Ben Hoyle
The Times
October 17, 2007

'Viggo Mortensen was an absolute joy to work with. He slept on the roof of his trailer with his saddle and bedroll. We had to constantly keep him late and call for him early and he never complained. He came with no entourage and drove himself to location. When his stunt man fell off the horse and jammed his elbow, Viggo did the stunt himself, riding bareback at full speed.'

Joe Johnston
Joe Johnston Sketchbook
Oct 2014

What's it like working with Viggo Mortensen? Is there any competition about how far you can push each other?

Let me tell you something: it's impossible to have a competition with Viggo Mortensen because he's not on that vibe, you know? And neither am I. No, no, when you work with Viggo it's very warm. You get presents all the time and there is no competition on the set.

Vincent Cassel
By Robert Beames
Obsessed with Film
19 January 2011

"I've always sensed that I'd be insulting him a little bit if I called him a movie star," Johnston says. "If he chose to be a movie star, he could've done it a long time ago. . . . He's in control."

Joe Johnston
A Man of Many Parts
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post, 2004

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson calls him 'no ego Viggo', and everyone who knows him says that a key part of his character is a complete absence of vanity. He certainly seems modest in person. Weirdly, for an actor, he mumbles and slurs his words, giving the impression of being very shy, very inarticulate or very stoned. Yet when I listen back to my tape, I'm amazed to notice that he almost always speaks in complete sentences, which places him in a very small minority of interviewees.

Lone Star
By Peter Ross
Sunday Herald, 2004

If fame came with a report card, Viggo's would say can do better.

The Man Who Would Be King
By Nick Dent
December 2001
Black & White magazine, #58

"Viggo's … a real artist. He cares about what speaks to him. He doesn't care about how much he's paid, doesn't care where he lives, doesn't care how nice the hotel is. He's a horse."

Garret Dillahunt
Fred Topel
20 March 2009

"...when we were shooting in Hungary, he said, 'I don't want my trailer to be bigger than the other actors'. He's a very special guy and that shows in the work. When you're on set, you feel like you're equals collaborating. That's often not the case with big stars."

Jason Issacs
Good premier, Toronto
7 September 2008

"I've always felt dependent on others, which I think is a good thing; I don't think it's a weakness, I think, really, my performance depends on other people all of the time. Not just the actors, well, mainly the actors but the crew [as well]"

Interview: Viggo Mortensen
By Todd Gilchrist
26 November 2009

'I don't care about being famous. I don't care about having my face on posters. It doesn't massage my ego. It's nice to have a poster, but in the end it's about the movie. Nobody walks around saying "The movie stunk, but the poster was awesome'.'

Viggo Mortensen while promoting Hidalgo
A Reluctant Star
By Barry Koltnow, Orange County Register
7 March 2004

"It's interesting, because Viggo is such a humble individual...We sort of viewed him as our king and as an inspiration, and I think that he certainly wouldn't see himself as that. There is quiet leadership to him, and it's not intentional, and I think it's simply because he takes care of the people around him."

Elijah Wood
The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine, 2004

No matter how outstanding his work, or how successful his films, it's impossible to imagine Mortensen without that customary reticence that makes him such a fine actor and such a reluctant star. Long may he stay off the radar.

On Viggo Mortensen
By Ryan Gilbey
4 December 2007

Quotable Viggo: 17 January 2016

This week's Quotable is about all creatures great and small, from bees to horses, from locusts to crows and even the odd giant rat. At least Viggo restricted himself to only keeping the horses...

© Touchstone / Buena Vista Pictures.

'Everything is connected. We are related to the animals and we are also in a way animals ourselves.'

Viggo on the sadanset exhibition
Kim Kastrup
Ekstra Bladet
16 October 2008

Mortensen's passion for horses is simple. "I just feel calm when I'm around them, just interacting with them. I think people have that relationship with dogs and cats and whatever. People can be afraid of horses and rightly so. They're big and can be dangerous. You have to be careful."

That serenity was a source of relief for Mortensen during the trilogy's epic 16 month shoot. Visiting the horses at the stable during his off days kept him invigorated. "When I would go out there, I'd be really tired. I'd be driving, it'd be an hour or something to the stables, and I would think 'I'd really like to stay in bed.' But by the time I got together with the horses and got the horse ready, got on the horse and went out riding, all the stress and the tiredness would just go away. By the time I was done riding and washing the horse and on my way back to town, it was almost like I'd taken some very pleasant drug. [I felt] just very calm and glad to be alive and noticing the trees and what not. And ready for the week."

Horses Bring Serenity To Viggo Mortensen
By Fred Topel
9 December 2003

'One bee buzzing close to your head is quite loud, but imagine thousands. Your world closes off and you become very focused on what you're doing, because you can't really hear what other people are saying.'

Viggo Mortensen's grand plan
Telegraph Men's Style Magazine
By Sheryl Garratt
26 March 2013

Viggo Mortensen didn't want to miss out on Election Day while filming his latest flick, "The History of Violence,'' in Canada so he staged a polling station on the set. People Maggie reports that the "Lord of the Rings" hottie rigged up a mock voting booth and producer Chris Burns used his dog, Rosie, to monitor the voters. Not surprisingly, cast and crew voted for John Kerry though the write-in candidate, Rosie the canine, made a strong showing in second place. Have these people never heard of absentee ballots?

Own Private Idaho
Boston Herald
5 November 2004

"I'm hoping to shoot a movie with an elephant soon, and I've no idea where I'm going to put him."

Viggo asked about buying horses from his films
Long Live the King
By Paul Byrne
April 2004

'Did you see the crow I had tattooed?'" Viggo shows the little smile of someone who has an ace up his sleeve. "There is a Russian myth about the crow and it was good for the film if I had it tattooed. There is an old Russian poem, which is like a song, that says: 'I'm not ready, let the raven wait.' Or, 'I am not ready to die,'" clarified the actor, renamed "Guido Mortensen" by Bambino Veira.

Viggo talking about Eastern Promises
"I feel honored to be able to give a hand to poets"
By - translated by Zooey and Sage
Pagina 12
14 August 2009

Mortensen arrives at the Stephen Cohen Gallery caked in mud, having just been riding T.J., who plays the title role in Hidalgo ….and then washing him and giving him a conditioning treatment. "We don't do that all the time," Mortensen says. "He's not a pretty-boy horse."

Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Source: Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004

"He wanted to eat a real locust," Johnston says. "The locust he eats is made out of sugar. He said, 'You know, I can eat a live one.' I said, 'Let's eat all the fake ones first. If we run out, you can eat a live one.' "

Joe Johnston on filming Hidalgo
A Man of Many Parts
Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

Sitting casually, hanging out on the bench, seems ideal. But there is a problem. There are rats. Many of them. They are running back and forth between the bushes, over the footpath, and it is impossible to ignore them.

"Wow. They're bold," he says, incredulously. A couple of Brazilians pass by. "Hey - I could ask them who they played in the World Cup final."...

...Minutes later, he returns. "Yeah, in the final it was Brazil against Holland. I didn't really give a sh** but I was rooting against Brazil - I grew up in Argentina." But Brazil has never met Holland in a World Cup final: it was the semifinal in 1994. No matter, he's still impressed by the rats.

"Whoa! Did you see that one? That was a rat-a-roo. Is it a herd of rats, a flock of rats? Maybe it's a swarm."

Another one tumbles past. "That one has a bad back. He's old - that's sad." Having a conversation about anything else proves impossible. "I don't remember seeing that many rats here," he says. "They're twice as big as the rats in Los Angeles. That one was like a possum'.

The Brain Dane
By Ariel Leve
The Sunday Times
30 November 2003

"In the 60's, when I was between 7 and 9 years old, my father brought my brothers and I and our mother to that part of the country several times. Camping trips. At that time the roads were not as good as they are now... Our car had a serious breakdown and we waited several days in Puerto Madryn until our car could be fixed. The peninsula and its animal life were not yet protected. We swam very near seals, elephant seals. At that time, there were people who killed many of those magnificent creatures with rifles and shotguns. My father loved those animals and that place - so much that I remember he wrote several times, as others did, to people in the federal government to ask that the peninsula be designated a National Park. I don´t know whether his letters helped, but finally it was decided to suitably protect that special place.

Viggo Mortensen: "It's a shame that the government has cleared the way for open-pit mining."
By - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Noticias Net-Rio Negro
21 April 2013

VM: Rabbits sometimes run out in front of your car, right? Well, I hit this rabbit on this lonely road in the South Island and I wanted to make sure it was dead. If it wasn't, I'd put it out of its misery. And it was quite dead, so I thought, 'Well, why waste it?' And so I made a little fire and ate it.

Q: Is this something that you thought Aragorn would have done?

VM: As he was driving down the road and if he hit a rabbit? Yeah, he might. If he was hungry, I guess.

The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

"Last week we were filming Hidalgo in High Plains, Montana, where there was no fence for miles; you could just imagine that it was 1890 or 1790," he says. "I was in the middle of a herd of six or seven hundred horses. I was really aware of the fact that very few people would ever get to be in such a place. Nobody in the world gets to be in the middle of that many horses, running as fast as you can." And where does that thought lead you to, I ask. He pauses. "Just, 'Don't forget this'."

The New Hollywood Male
by Charles Gant
Arena Hommes Plus #18

"It's like working with any creature – horse, dog or bee. If you're calm you won't get kicked, bitten, or stung." Did he get stung? "No," he says with a small smile. "I was lucky. And I made my own honey. I've still got a couple of jars."

Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
Chitra Ramaswamy
The Scotsman
24 May 2013

Quotable Viggo: 10 January 2016

Slightly overdue, but here is my annual round-up of my favourite quotes of 2015, a year which saw the slow roll-out of Jauja and Far from Men at Festivals and arthouses across the globe, the Magical Mystery Tour through Denmark and Viggo increasingly involved in promotion and production through Perceval Pictures. A busy year which had its ups and downs, but one which earned huge plaudits from critics.

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Cerebral, spiritual, sex symbol in spite of himself.

Viggo Mortensen: "Travelling is the best anti-war weapon"
By Yetty Hagendorf - translated by Donna Marie
Le Soir (Belgium)
2 February 2015

'It's the endlessly entertaining, often ridiculous, sometimes admirable, sometimes embarrassing attempts that some people make to find some meaning in their lives that make life worth living.'

What I've learned – Viggo Mortensen
By Kal Fussman
22 April 2015

'When I'm awake, I dream of perfection. It's not about reaching it, I'm aware that it is not possible. My concern is to seek it, to try very hard to shoot the perfect movie, to have the perfect marriage, to paint the perfect painting – above all to know that it will never work out. What counts is the will, not the achievement of the goal.'

Viggo Mortensen
I Have A Dream
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by CoCo and Techadmin
Zeit magazine
23 July 2015

'In Denmark, I dine at 6 pm and I'm Danish. In Spain, where I live now, I dine at 10 pm and I'm Latin.'

Viggo Mortensen: "Travelling is the best anti-war weapon"
By Yetty Hagendorf - translated by Donna Marie
Le Soir (Belgium)
2 February 2015

Mortensen, perhaps the only actor alive who could play Sigmund Freud, William Burroughs and a Middle-earth king...

Uday Bhatia
Live Mint
11 September 2015

Viggo is highly selective and his dedication to storytelling is unparalleled. He's a rare artist. He acts, writes, paints, he's an accomplished musician who makes CDs. The list goes one. So he looks at the big picture, in deep and profound ways.

Matt Ross
Matt Ross may play a greedy tech titan in 'Silicon Valley,' but in Berkeley he's just a regular guy
Frances Dinkelspiel
15 April 2015

Despite his exhaustion, Mortensen's tongue did not call a truce. The actor refused to stop talking about his movie.

During Viggo's marathon promotion of Jauja
Viggo Mortensen firma en valenciano
Translated by Ollie and Zoe
7 February 2015

Few stars of his stature would consider such a low-budget arthouse film in a foreign language - let alone co-produce it, be able to act in both Spanish and Danish, and be prepared to sport such spectacularly awful whiskers.

Viggo Mortensen shows his independent side
by Demetrios Matheou
Herald Scotland
4 March 2015

As he progresses through this limbo-like landscape we watch him gradually transforming, Mortenson's weathered features becoming akin to the rocks surrounding him. As he emerges from within dark cracks, kneels to sip dripping streams or dozes underneath the stars, he melts into the environment, the boundaries of Dineson's self slowly eroding into the Patagonian dirt.

David James
6 April 2015

His still eyes and body language is so captivating that his performances look as beautiful as the landscapes.

Nafees Ahmed
High on Films
17 September 2015

In "Far From Men," Viggo Mortensen, his sharply planed face weathered and solemn, plays a man who looks as if he were quarried right out of the hard red-rock earth.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
30 April 2015

Nobody moseys like Viggo Mortensen.

Adam Nayman
AV Club
30 April 2015

Mortensen acts in French, Arabic and a bit of Spanish as well. Is there nothing he cannot do?

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
31 July 2015

...no man other than Viggo Mortensen could carry the moniker 'Blouse Man' and retain the sort of paint-peeling smoldering sexuality that he wields throughout this film.

Liz W Garcia
13 July 2015

...he has a defiantly-handsome face, with a jaw so well-defined you could carve a roast with it.

Viggo Mortensen talks Jauja
By Philip Bagnal
11 March 2015

...his almost ludicrous list of talents includes poetry, painting and a prolific discography which boasts more album releases than your average full-time musician.

An Unconventional Method: Viggo Mortensen
8 March 2015

'There are people who go to museums who look at paintings and think: Shit, I could've done that. But you didn't.'

What I've learned – Viggo Mortensen
By Kal Fussman
22 April 2015

People today are much less present in spite of being hyper-connected. You see people in the street absorbed in their cell-phone; there's plenty of time for that message. What's more important than now?

Viggo Mortensen: "The feeling of the absurd is something that's constant with me"
By Ima Sanchis - translated by Ollie and Zoe
La Vanguardia
8 October 2015

'In October, I got caught in a snowstorm in Lapland. I lost the trail and had to find some place to hide. I was out there on my own for a couple of days. I was worried but managed to find shelter and make a fire. It's really not about where you are, but how you are. I can get annoyed or say, "OK, this is where I am. I don't have any choice at the moment. Let's make the most of it."'

Viggo Mortensen's Travelling Life
By Nick McGrath
The Telegraph
10 April 2015

"My house is the Atlas mountains or the Iceland ice, the forest, the rivers or the sea, the stars, the setting sun. If I stop one day, I die. You must make the difference between loneliness and isolation: between the two, I see a road that can take me farther than I would dare imagine. And wherever this leads me, I still want to take it!"

"You must read Camus if you're plugged in"
By Cécile Lecoultre - translated by Donna Marie
24 Heures
27 January 2015

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