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UPDATE: WE DID IT!! Together!

Target: £1,000.00
Raised to date: £1000.03

Thanks to all of us working together ... we did it!! We surpassed our goal of £1,000.00!

All of us at Viggo-Works would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. Together, we reached our £1,000.00 goal in support of the MacMillan Nurses in Scotland. Together we ensure that they are there for more people who need their care and kindness just as they were for our Chrissiejane. Thank you all so much for helping us reach this goal!

Still, many of you are contacting us about contributing even after the goal has been reached ... so here once again is the info to support the MacMillian Nurses who took such good care of our Chrissiejane during her illness. This is our living tribute to her.

UPDATE: Fundraiser for MacMillan Cancer Support in Memory of Chrissiejane

While we are still coming to terms with the loss of Jane, we wanted to do something in her memory that would do some good and that Jane would approve of. We decided to make a donation to the MacMillan nurses, who took such good care of her during her illness.

We thought that perhaps you would also like to show your appreciation in Jane's name, and to that end we set up a fundraising page with the proceeds to benefit MacMillan Cancer Support. Simply go to... make a donation. ANY amount is much appreciated, no matter how small or large!

Because this is a British fundraising site and donations must be entered as GBP (£), you may find this currency converter useful. Donations can be made using PayPal or just your credit card.

In addition to our individual contributions, Viggo-Works will also donate this month's earnings from our Viggo-Works Marketplace on to the MacMillan nurses, November being
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.

We still miss Jane every single day, and the few weeks that have passed have not yet lessened the pain. But we hope that supporting an organization that Jane held in such high regard will bring some healing, as we help them to provide the same care to others that Jane received herself.

Please go the fundraising thread if you have any questions or comments.

We thank you for your support.


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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

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.

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.

Viggo Mortensen
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."

Viggo Mortensen
After Aragorn
By Jeffrey Overstrete
ChristianityToday, 2004

"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.'

Viggo Mortensen
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
After Aragorn
By Jeffrey Overstreet
ChristianityToday, 2004

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
July 2004

'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.'

Viggo Mortensen
Interview: Viggo Mortensen Travels THE ROAD
Christina Radish
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."

Viggo Mortensen
A History of Their Collaboration
By Pam Grady,
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
Viggo Mortensen and Jason Isaacs Address Good and Wax Philosophical about the Nazis
by Brad Balfour
Huffinton Post
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
Neala Johnson
Herald Sun
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."

Viggo Mortensen
On the Road, signs of the apocalypse hit home
Johanna Schneller
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.

Viggo Mortensen
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.

Viggo Mortensen
Introduction to The Two Towers Visual Companion

''s all about telling stories for me: taking pictures, painting, poems. It's all about telling stories, or parts of stories.'

Viggo Mortensen
An Actor Lured By Western Promise
By Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
USA Today

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages

© Images © New Line Productions Inc.

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Source: El Comercial.
Found By: Dom
Categories: Movies
Our thanks to Dom for this update on Viggo's film project in Argentina from El Comercial.
Buenos Aires, 29 de enero (Télam).- El actor norteamericano Viggo Mortensen comenzará a rodar en junio próximo en Argentina el filme "Todos tenemos un plan", en el que comparte cartel junto a la actriz argentina Soledad Villamil, informó hoy la productora de la película.

La dirección de la cinta estará a cargo de Ana Piterbarg, que debuta en el largometraje luego de haber sido asistente de dirección de filmes como "Adiós querida luna", de Fernando Spiner, y "Los guantes mágicos", de Martín Rejtman.

Piterbarg accede a la dirección de esta película luego de que con esta historia ganara el Premio al Guión Julio Alejandro que entrega la Sociedad General de Autores Española (SGAE) en 2008.

Con un presupuesto de algo más de tres millones de dólares, el rodaje de "Todos tenemos un plan" se llevará a cabo durante los meses de junio y julio de 2011 en locaciones de la provincia de Buenos Aires, el Delta del Paraná y también habrá una parte en estudios que se realizará en España.

Se trata de la primera película que Mortensen ("El Señor de los Anillos", "Promesas del Este", "La carretera") , nacido en Nueva York pero que pasó parte de su infancia en la Argentina, rueda en el país y en la que hablará en castellano.(Télam).-

© El Comercial/Télam.

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Viggo Waxes Lyrical About John Doe

Found By: Chrissie
John Doe performed at Lincoln Center last night as part of their American Songbook series and Viggo wrote the program notes for the show. Our thanks to Chrissie for the find.
by Viggo Mortensen

John Doe is American. I have seen his passport.

If you listen to him tonight and hear Phil Ochs or June Christy, Merle Haggard or Judy Garland, Johnny Hartman or Patsy Cline, Bobby Fuller or Exene Cervenka, then you, too, are probably American or pretty close to it. Over the past 25 years I've had the good fortune to hear and see John sing all kinds of songs, solo as well as accompanied, in all kinds of venues and situations. He is both devastatingly original and nearly the guy next door, ever so different but familiar in his strangeness, spare and provocative as a straight-razor, elegant and inviting as a seamless three-part harmony hummed from the dark end of the street.

He'll pull as much blues out of country as he will soul out of punk with his raggedly perfect sound, at once unguardedly raw and seductively melodious. John seems to always share an intimate part of himself with us, in his own songs as well as those of others, while unerringly hanging a bell on the half note we only dreamed of. One of the very best songwriters and surely the finest, most perfectly pitched voice to come out of any punk rock band, John has also proven himself an instinctively great writer and interpreter of so-called American roots music, including folk, bluegrass, and classic country-western songs.

He is an outstanding "live" performer, unique in his ability to connect with the words, the tune, and the audience in just the right heartbeat as he builds the long, exquisite moment. You'll hear it and feel it tonight, and you will be so glad you were here.

© Viggo Mortensen.

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Viggo Mortensen in talks for 'Snow White'

Source: Variety

Actor to star in Universal's retelling of the Grimm fairy tale

© 2011 RBI.
By Justin Kroll

Snow White has found her huntsman.

Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," an original retelling of the Grimm fairy tale.

Rupert Sanders will helm with Evan Daugherty writing and Joe Roth producing.

In this new version, the huntsman (who was originally supposed to kill Snow White but ends up letting her go) becomes her protector and mentor as they try to escape from the evil queen who ordered her death. Charlize Theron is in talks to play the queen.

The film is set to shoot sometime this summer with a Dec. 21, 2012 release date.

Pic received attention this fall when Roth, Daugherty and Sanders went to market with script. Several studios were vying, including Fox and Sony, before Universal won rights. Turning into one of the pricier spec deals of 2010, U paid in the low seven figures.

With Mortensen set, pic now just needs to cast its Snow White. Testing has taken place over the past couple of months.

Insiders say unlike Mortensen, the studio is looking for a fresher face -- like what Paramount did with Hailee Steinfield in "True Grit."

Pic has also been fast-tracked, given the numerous competing Snow White pics in the marketplace, including one over at Relativity with Tarsem Singh directing.

Roth has stayed busy over the past year, giving fresh takes on fantasy filled classics. In 2010, he co-produced "Alice in Wonderland," which made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. He's also at work on a "Wizard of Oz" prequel called "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which Johnny Depp has been circling.

Mortensen can be seen next in "A Dangerous Method" with Michael Fassbender and David Cronenberg helming and "On the Road" directed by Walter Salles.

Mortensen is repped by WME, Rawlings Company and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette & Feldman.

© 2011 RBI. Images © 2011 RBI.

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