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Video of Viggo's Conversation After 'Good' Screening in Sydney

Source: You Tube
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© 2008 Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace .

We'd like to thank TheRavenOfPoe for uploading the video of Viggo's Conversation with Andrew Urban (Urban Cinefile) following a preview screening of 'Good' in Sydney on March 23.

Click on each part to view.

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Viggo Talks About Kodi in 'The Road'

Source: 9 News.
Found By: Chrissie

Mortensen praises young Aussie co-star

© AAP.
By Alyssa Braithwaite

23 March 2009

US actor Viggo Mortensen has compared rising Australian star Kodi Smit-McPhee to legends Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift after working together on upcoming film The Road.

Mortensen, 50, and Smit-McPhee, 12, play the father and son in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2006 post-apocalyptic novel.

Mortensen, who is in Australia to promote his new movie Good, was full of praise for his "self-confident, daring and kind" co-star.

"He's an incredibly talented actor, beyond his years, the Eastern Promises and Lord of the Rings star told AAP.

"To me he was doing things, mostly just out of instinct and sheer raw talent, that actors like Montgomery Clift or Marlon Brando pioneered, (such as) having access to emotions and naturalistic way of listening and really being present and really engaging with the other performer.

"I remember the scenes we were doing with Robert Duvall, who plays the old man we encounter on the road, and after just a few minutes he looked at me and said 'where did they get the kid? The kid's amazing'."

The Road tells of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a desolate landscape blasted years before by an unnamed disaster that destroyed civilisation and most life on earth.

Inundated with offers after his AFI Award-winning turn in Romulus My Father, Smit-McPhee dropped out of Wolverine to be part of it.

Mortensen said it was lucky for the filmmakers that he did.

"I know he was very good in Romulus, My Father but I think he takes it a step further in terms of acting in this movie," Mortensen said.

"And he had to really because ... one of the keys to making the movie interesting, to making that relationship work, is you have to have the best kid actor possible.

"The kid has to be really something unusual, and they were very lucky that he did it."

The Road is directed by Australian John Hillcoat (The Proposition) and also features Guy Pearce.

It was originally due to be released in late 2008, but has been pushed back until the last quarter of this year.

"I have hopes not just for the movie, but especially for him," Mortensen said.

"I think it will be a big deal for Kodi."

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First Images of Viggo in Sydney

Source: AAP.
Found By: Sally

Many thanks to Sally for finding these pics of Viggo in Sydney promoting 'Good'!

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Viggo in New Zealand: Radio Interview

Source: Radio New Zealand.
Found By: Eriko
© New Line Productions Inc.
Thanks to Eriko for finding this clip of Viggo on Radio New Zealand:THE ARTS ON SUNDAY.

This is a brief clip from the interview in which he discusses Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The full interview in which he discusses Good will be broadcast later.

Click here to listen to the file.

© Radio New Zealand Limited. Images © New Line Productions Inc.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Categories: Quotable Viggo

We've been having some interesting discussions about Viggo's performance as Lucifer over on Viggo's Other Movies thread this week, so I thought that it would be fun to have look back at some of Viggo's early film roles and smaller character roles. Whereas some performances are in quality movies or art films with good directors, there's no getting away from the fact that others are 'B' movie fodder. But, whatever the material, Viggo always manages to pull out an 'A' movie performance, or come up with something interesting, and he always finds something pleasurable and valuable in the experience.


"[Harrison Ford] was most of all professional. Conscientious. Interesting to study. I had the greats before me: Peter Weir, above all, with his calmness and efficiency. In the evening, when I came back from my wandering, they let me watch the rushes. Witness was an idyllic experience."

Viggo Mortensen: The Soul of a Warrior
By Juliette Michaud
Studio Magazine
December 2002


"It was a real low budget horror exploitation thing. The cast was a bunch of people [who were] New York stage actors. For that kind of movie, it was a pretty experienced group of actors; good actors got those parts. So, I was surrounded by people who really knew what they were doing, which was nice. It was fun to work with them. I mean, the story was what it was. It was a horror movie and it was on the cheap side and all that, but Renny Hahn had a certain amount of visual flair. Other that,I don't know if it stands out any more than the other movies at this time. I liked the location, I liked Wyoming."

Viggo Mortensen
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
By Carnell
March 1999
Source: Carpe Noctem magazine #15

The Reflecting Skin

In his latest film, The Reflecting Skin, British writer-director Philip Ridley's disturbing tale of repression and decay in the American heartland, Mortensen doesn't appear until an hour has passed - but when he does he immediately marks himself as one of those actors who doesn't need fancy lighting to be incandescent. Cast as a young man returning from the Pacific (where he dropped bombs on sleepy atolls), he displays surly, distant passion that's at odds, yet perfectly in step, with a small town that is seething beneath its bucolic veneer. Word is that he fires up the screen in Sean Penn's directorial debut, The Indian Runner, a film about a good brother and a bad brother that is due for release in September. It's not hard to figure out which brother Mortensen plays.

Viggo Mortensen Interview
by Martha Frankel
June 1991

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

"That was fun. I don't know how many times they sent that to the censors. People think that the ratings board is some kind of official [body which has an] answerable objective, answerable to the public or something. It's not. It's just a bunch of guys making decisions with certain codes to go by. I do think that if that movie had been put out by a big studio I think they would have gotten away with more ....Anyway, they kept getting X's and so they cut so much out that I think the movie is only like 70 minutes long. Unfortunately most of the really funny jokes were associated with gruesome bloodletting of some kind or another. There was a lot of funny shit that was going on."

Viggo Mortensen
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
By Carnell
March 1999
Source: Carpe Noctem magazine #15

Carlito's Way

"I wasn't having an easy time finding work at this time in my career, but because of my background I had some understanding of what this character could be and what the background was like.... I loved working with Al Pacino. He was unusually generous for someone in his position. He has a very open mind, and a very open heart."

Viggo Mortensen
November 2007

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

Ken Dubois Ultimate Edition DVD Review
October 2005

American Yakuza

"I especially enjoyed working with our cast, particularly Viggo and Ryo, both of whom I hope to someday get a chance to work with again if the Fates should allow it. I didn't need Lord of the Rings to know Viggo was a prince."

Richard Clabaugh, Cinematographer for American Yakuza

Crimson Tide

"My character is an average person in an extraordinary situation who has to make difficult decisions. It was nice to play a guy with a job and a family, rather than a guy with a big axe to grind. And scary too, because in a role like that you have to fit in, whereas you don't if you play a sociopath. In this role, I couldn't hide behind violence or fake teeth."

Viggo Mortensen on Crimson Tide
Interview with Patricia Arquette
Interview magazine, 1995

In the movie, he is caught between a rock and hard place in the deadly confrontation between Hackman and Washington. Mortensen offers a restrained, dignified and incredible solid performance: the voice of reason in the power play of the two main characters.

The Guy Can't Help It
By Manuela Cerri Goren
L'Uomo Vogue #270
April 1996

The Passion of Darkly Noon

"We were on location in what used to be East Germany, on the Czech border. I was there on my own, I didn't have anybody that I needed to talk to on the phone, so I thought I'd try to warm up because I didn't have a rehearsal period. I literally worked the day after I got there. When I stepped off the plane I decided not to say anything. I thought 'I'll just do this today' and then I just kept doing it. I did it the whole month I was there, which was really interesting because I did hear more what was being said, and I did watch people's reactions more closely."

Viggo's Box
By Craig Clevenger
Fond Affexxions #5
Winter Thaw 1995

The Prophecy

"I landed in The Prophecy the same way I did in The Lord Of The Rings, that is, at the last minute. I read the script on the plane taking me to the location. I accepted the part because I wanted to work with Christopher Walken, whom I knew personally. Even though I didn't have much time to prepare for the role, the character interested me and I explored his story. I see him as the prodigal son, very gifted but such a rebel that his father throws him out of paradise. I asked myself how he would have reacted. He certainly would have felt misunderstood, because he was the most intelligent and brightest of all the angels. Inevitably he would ask himself, 'Why has he rejected me?' So he would have had ego problems. Ultimately he's very human..."

The King Is Mortensen, Long Live The King!
By Marc Toullec
Cine Live #71
September 2003

Cast as Satan, he's really the only one in the whole movie who actually holds his own with Walken on screen, and while you feel like Walken did this for kicks, you really do feel like Mortensen was doing his level best to channel evil in a way we haven't seen for quite some time.

Box Office Prophets
Scott Lumley
23 October 2008

The Portrait of a Lady

What memories do you have of working with Jane Campion, on Portrait of a Lady? Was that special?

- Oh, yes! How I loved working with her! Her way of rehearsing, of discussing before shooting ... At the same time, she demands much more than you think you can give. I've rarely met anyone as demanding, but it's something an actor appreciates. I also think that Nicole Kidman did a remarkable job in that movie, and that she's not often as highly regarded as she should be. She is so intense ...

Viggo Mortensen: The Soul of a Warrior
By Juliette Michaud
Studio Magazine
December 2002


'It was fun,' says Mortensen. 'Like doing a play from a certain period and trying to make the language relevant today.'

Leave It To Viggo
By Susan Perry
Black Book

"I vindicate the Van Sant Psycho remake as exercise. It's an obsessive work. The search for the literal in this remake interests me. I had a small role, but I enjoyed working [for] him. He's an intelligent man with a strange sense of humour."

The Other Mortensen
By Mariana Enriquez - translated by Margarita
Página 12
20 November 2005

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