Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo
22 October 2017 11:51:17
Found By: Iolanthe
So Viggo has had another birthday and is a year older and wiser. Time to share some pearls of wisdom from the last 6 years, although, to be honest, I think he's always been something of a wise old soul!
"I don't know if where you are born is where you belong. I was born in New York City but I belong in Argentina and Denmark and New Zealand and Russia and South Dakota (where he filmed Hidalgo). Home is not where you are, it's how you are."
When war forges an unlikely bond
by Helen Barlow
The West Australian
23 July 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.'
I Have A Dream
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by CoCo and Techadmin
23 July 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
'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
8 October 2015
'I love to connect with people, I prefer it rather than being in conflict with them. For that, you have to try to understand others, you have to take time to listen to each other, to live together, to travel and see other cultures.'
Viggo Mortensen: "I know that I will be able to watch Far From Men again in 20 years and still be proud of it."
By Daniel Leblanc - translated by Donna Marie
13 January 2015
'I think that you have to be able to speak without fear, that one can, and at times must, name things, facts, freely speak your mind. Free discussion without fear of anyone or anything. We can disagree, but we need to try to learn what's going on, what others think - everyone - in order to maintain a more or less sensible conversation, a healthy dialogue.'
If The Rain Gets Here
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
9 October 2014
'In a social sense, the idea of encouraging open dialogue for child to think for themselves is not unfamiliar. It's something I believe in, it's something I've done with my own son. There's going to be surprising results, because once they think for themselves, they can turn around and say, well, you're full of shit!'
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen and Matt Ross Interview
14 July 2016
'I kind of — politely, of course — reject the notion that some people are artists and some people are not. I know that children up until a certain age, they don't make the distinction between artist and non-artist. All kids do theater — they don't need a director, they don't need take two, they just do it. They believe it completely.'
10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Viggo Mortensen
3 November 2016
'Creative expression is social change. Wear your feelings on everything you do. It will help people open up their minds and see themselves and their communities in new ways.'
Actor Viggo Mortensen urges expression
by Kaci Yoder
7 July 2013
'One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master," he tells me. "He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.'
Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
24 May 2013
'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
10 April 2015
"There's a saying in Spanish: Without risk there's no glory," Mortensen explained. "You can live a safe little life, but if you don't take a chance once in a while you'll imprison yourself."
Viggo Mortensen's New Plan
By Constance Droganes
26 March 2013
"In the past, I might have believed that my actions and feelings were inherited from the impulses of my ancestors - warriors, pirates, peasants, adventurers, painters, survivors in terrible circumstances - anything that would have seemed interesting to emulate in the accounts that have tried to make up an exclusive fabric of biological links I'd have with the Mortensens, Rasmussens, Gambles, Atkinsons, Chapmans, Codys or any other angel or devil of our family that has left a mark on his time. But now I believe that all of us are unprecedented individuals, potentially dangerous animals, creatures of brain and bone who can tame themselves or be tamed, who can learn to get along with others - or not."
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
10 February 2013
'We are the stories we tell about ourselves, the stories we tell about others, the stories we read about everyone and every thing.'
Viggo Mortensen's heroes
3 March 2012
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