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A Dangerous Method: Interview with Viggo Mortensen

Translation by ollie and Rio
Source: Coming Soon (Italy).
Found By: Dom
Many thanks to Ollie (with assistance from Rio) for translating the Italian interview found earlier by Dom:
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by Mauro Donzelli

At the last Venice Film Festival, where the film premiered in competition, we interviewed the actor, protagonist in David Cronenberg´s film.

Here's what he told us:

I believe that playing a character who really existed, a real person, is a big responsibility. How was interpreting an icon as Sigmund Freud, a pioneer of the 20th century?

It is always a challenge to play a historical character, especially one so well known to the public. Certainly you cannot please everyone, so you mustn´t worry too much, you just have to give your best. For me it was interesting because I had an image of Freud, as I believe most people have, as an old man, very thin, with white hair. This image, of course, belongs to the last years of his life, when he was ill with cancer. I play Freud at the age of 50, while still robust, healthy, a man of many appetites. I learned a lot about him, things that I did not know. When you play someone, you learn something you do not expect. I thought I knew his character and his ideas and what kind of person he must have been, but I discovered an ironic man, and considering how revolutionary his ideas were, a normal person.

As you said before, he was a revolutionary. He broke the rules, he changed society. Tell us about his relationship with Jung, because the film shows it in all its nuances, is very precise and thorough.

All the people who will watch the film and admire Jung will find things that are right for them and elements they will not accept, the same for the admirers of Freud and Spielrein. The thing that struck me most about this project, after much research, is how much hostility, how much vehemence there is between the different factions, how much vitriol has come out of these people, from their work, their relationships. In the end it is not a documentary, although it is very clever, well written. Many of their ideas are shown in an intelligent way, but it´s a fictional film, their ideas don´t matter. In fact, I discovered that their ideas were not so different, there was not much difference between them either intellectually or on an academic level, it was only a matter of ego. These people could have had any job. Both Jung and Freud, and also Sabina, were people with big egos, full of insecurities, who wanted to leave a mark on history and who fought against those differences of opinion they thought, almost in a childlike way, could threaten their reputation or their validity as thinkers, as people. It is a matter of jealousy, paranoia, lust, envy, all aspects which are part of being human. This is the most interesting thing for me in the script by Christopher Hampton.

A very interesting aspect is this duality between rationality and emotion, on one hand the rationality of public life, they are scientists, but on the other hand we have the emotional side, because it speaks about real life, people and real emotions, such as love. I think it's an interesting aspect of the film.

If we consider the historical context in which it´s set, a new element for David, directing a period film like this one, though in the context in which they lived, it was already amazing to talk about these things. People didn't. That's why they opened new ways, they made mistakes and sometimes they confused people with academic issues. Often their theories evolved due to personal feelings, in other words the feelings they experienced dictated their academic theories. If we read their work now, we can see that sometimes they forced a stand even when it is clear that there is not much difference between the two stands. I think this is more a matter of ego than academics.

What do you find interesting in the role of Sabina? That's something new; she goes from passion to being a psychiatrist. What is the effect of her personality on your character? Today we all know how important she was at a professional level.

More will be known soon, something for television has already been done, but a very interesting movie could be made just about her. She had a very interesting life before and after the events of this film. Eventually she became a highly respected doctor in the Soviet Union. Then both Hitler and Stalin criticized psychoanalysis, relegating psychoanalysts to the bourgeoisie or considering it a job for Jews. She continued to practice, especially with children, then was killed by the Nazis during the Second World War. Her life was very interesting; I'm happy if this film will raise interest in her. She was an interesting character. The relationship between Freud and Sabina was the kind he had with many students, as [he had] with Jung. He loved teaching, loved to share his ideas. Freud was very generous about it, he did not think of his ideas as his own property, he freely gave away his intellectual theories. His relationship with Sabina and then with Jung was like this at first but then Jung being the younger, with as much pride as Freud had, he felt treated with condescension by Freud. A sort of father/son relationship where eventually the child, to feel himself as a person, needs to distance himself from his father. I think the problems started at that time and that's what I find interesting, personal dynamics, not so much the intellectual conflict.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


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Yes, I know, yet another A Dangerous Method Quotable! But as the film makes its way from Festival to Festival as the film everybody wants to have in their lists, I think now is an excellent time to present a full roundup of all the reviews Viggo has garnered for his performance as Freud. Critics have come to only expect the very best from his film work, even in such an unexpected role as Sigmund Freud. And, as always, he delivers.





...Mortensen is instantly Sigmund Freud without a shadow of a doubt. With a calm, cool and elegant demeanor he walks with confidence, cane at his side and cigar always hanging from his mouth. He seduces the audience and he seduces Jung...

Brad Brevet
Rope of Silicon
10 September 2011




Mortensen is terrific as Freud and he lends the film its dry humor along with its few shades of sadness as the Austrian doctor goes from hoping his work will be carried on by his protégé to fearing how it will be perverted by Jung's emotions and willingness to consider fringe-science like telepathy and mysticism.

Matt Goldberg
Collider.com
10 September 2011




And then there's Mortensen, certainly the most physically imposing Sigmund Freud to ever insinuate itself on the public imagination.

Jim Slotek
Toronto Sun
11 September 2011




... as the cigar-smoking Freud, Mortensen -- sporting a nose prosthesis -- all but steals the picture with his knowing gaze and wry insights

Erica Abeel
Huffington Post
11 September 2011




It was a stroke of inspiration to cast the virile, hyper-secure Mortensen as the godfather of neurosis. Puffing on a cigar, he makes Freud a charismatic control freak, a man all too eager to engage in dream analysis yet too much of a self-designed authority figure to put his own dreams up for dissection.

Enertainment Weekly
Owen Gleiberman
10 September 2011




Viggo Mortensen (a phallic cigar never leaving his mouth) makes for an almost fatherly Freud, in a surprisingly controlled and dignified turn.

Michał Oleszczyk
Fandor
10 September 2011




...Mortensen is so silkily persuasive an argumentative foil for Fassbender in the scenes they share that the narrative seems more a head-to-head than it structurally is.

Guy Lodge
In Contention
2 September 2011




He is utterly extraordinary, wryly assaying the world with an ever-present cigar and a gift for keeping a distance between everything and his own ego, whose needs he is virtuosically gifted at concealing.

Jeff Simon
Buffalo News
13 September 2011




Viggo Mortensen, effortlessly devouring scenery...

Simon Howell
Sound on Sight
8 September 2011




Films featuring well-known historical figures can often seem arch and self-conscious in the extreme. Here, Mortensen has such immediate authority and swagger as Freud that we don't question his portrayal.

He is a sardonic and witty cigar-chewing patriarch, encouraging but also gently mocking Jung, whom he sees initially as a protégé.

Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
3 September 2011




Mortensen - who has become Cronenberg's muse, of sorts, having also starred in his last two pictures - is one of the most understated and magnetic actors working today.

Scott Feinberg
Hollywood Reporter
5 September 2010




Mortensen has never seemed so relaxed in a difficult role; he is the charming papa one hates to overthrow but knows one must.

Richard Corliss
Time
2 September 2011




... Mr. Mortensen again reveals his amazing skills of self-transformation...

Roderick Conway Morris
New York Times
6 September 2011




Mortensen's Freud is an engagingly calm character, with cigar constantly in his mouth and at ease with a confident composure and genial humour. As always Mortensen - in his third film with Cronenberg after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises - dominates the film and brings a much needed sly humour to the proceedings.

Mark Adams
Screen Daily
3 September 2011




... its three main actors should receive nominations for their work: Fassbender and Keira Knightley in the lead categories and Viggo Mortensen in the supporting one.

Emanuel Levy
Emanuellevy.com
3 September 20011




Mortensen gives Doctor Freud a patriarchal presence that justifies the title of "fatherly figure" given to him by Jung...

Domenico La Porta
Cineuropa
2 September 2011




A drier, more contained figure, Freud is brought wonderfully to life by Mortensen in a bit of unexpected casting that proves entirely successful.

Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
2 September 2011




Fortunately, things improve a great deal once Freud arrrives. Mortensen (aided by probably the most significant nose prosthesis since Nicole Kidman's in "The Hours") is, as he so often is these days, tremendous, bringing a patrician wit and real pathos to the part.....Mortensen caps off a trilogy of perfect performances for Cronenberg (and is the film's best bet for award nods, we imagine).

Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
2 September 2011




Even in a period film like this one -- a picture that runs the heavy risk of being ponderous and stiff -- he can slip himself into the scenery with a "Don't mind me, here in my Sigmund Freud getup" naturalness....And his exchanges with Mortensen's Freud are among the movie's greatest pleasures.

Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
2 September 2011




..Mortensen's Freud, a sardonic, ineffably sinister presence who rarely raises his voice above a silky-smooth purr, calmly steals the picture...

Justin Chang
Variety
2 September 2011




Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of Freud is endearingly complex.

Richard Porton
Cinemascope
2 September 2011




...if there's one thing that the critics can agree on, it's that Viggo Mortensen, in his third film on the trot with the Canadian maverick, gives another brilliant turn. Buried beneath a prosthetic nose, and playing older than he's usually allowed to, he's easily the highlight of the film, giving a beguiling turn worlds away from the professional killers he played for Cronenberg in "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises."

Five Things We Learned In Toronto From The 'A Dangerous Method' Star
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
14 September 2011




Potential Oscar nods are in order for a jaw-dropping Keira Knightley and the ever-flawless Viggo Mortensen.

Jesse Hawthorne Ficks
San Francisco Bay Guardian
26 September 2011



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Three Upcoming Festivals Screening 'A Dangerous Method' : Savannah, Warsaw and Abu Dhabi


Source: Connect Savannah, Hollywood Reporter, Gulf News.
Found By: Dom
We thank Dom for bringing us the news of three upcoming film festivals for A Dangerous Method:
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Film Fest books Stone, Tomlin and 'A Dangerous Method'

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Screen and TV stars, major films coming Oct. 29-Nov. 5

The SCAD-sponsored 2011 Savannah Film Festival, Oct. 29 through Nov. 5, is bringing Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to town for its Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award.

Also scheduled to show up for awards, according to a tentative schedule released by SCAD, are actresses Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin and Famke Janssen, actors Alec Baldwin and James Marsden, and writer/actor James Toback.

Among the exclusive film screenings will be A Dangerous Method, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender.

A Dangerous Method is set in Vienna in the days before World War I; Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) plays psychiatrist Carl Jung, with Mortense(from Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and A History of Violence) as Jung's mentor, Sigmund Freud. Knightley plays "the girl who came between them."

The film will go into national release Thanksgiving weekend.
Also announced for screenings: Drake Doremus' Like Crazy, winner of the Grand Jury and Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, winner of the Best Actor Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival; Roman Polanski's Carnage, winner of the Little Golden Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival; Sam Levinson's Another Happy Day, Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness, Famke Janssen's Bringing Up Bobby, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk about Kevin, Mark and Jay Duplass' Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus.

As always, the schedule will include dozens of lesser-known films hoping for plaudits and awards from the festival judges.

Screenings and events take place at the Trustees Theater, the Lucas Theatre for the Arts and other venues.

This schedule is subject to change.

The final schedule will appear Sept. 30 on scad.edu/filmfest, and tickets will go on sale Oct. 3.

Additionally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will close the Warsaw Festival on October 16.

And finally, from Gulf News, it will be screeing at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 17.

© 2011 Connect Savannah, 2011 The Hollywood Reporter, Al Nisr Publishing LLC 2011. Images © Hanway/Lago.


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