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Exclusive: 'The Road' with Viggo and Charlize May Surprise


Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Found By: Chrissiejane
Categories: Reviews
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Image Macall Polay.
© 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.
Our thanks to Chrissiejane for bringing us this piece from The Hollywood Reporter. Looks like another ringing endorsement.

**SPOILERS**


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By Roger Friedman

"The Road" is finally here.

The John Hillcoat movie based on the bestseller by Cormac McCarthy is finally being shown, slowly, to a handful of people. Scheduled for last year but then held because special effects weren't ready, "The Road" will surface in October.

"The Road" comes from the Dimension side of the Weinstein Company, not always my favorite place. It was home earlier this year to the dreadful "Soul Men." But "The Road" was also made by another group, Mark Cuban's 2929 Productions. It was acquired by Dimension, but really seems like a regular Weinstein movie.

Hillcoat has done justice to McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winner. "The Road" is elegiac and moving, artful and yet suspenseful. No, it's not a raucous good time. It can be thoughtful and grim. But here's the interesting thing: Viggo Mortensen's performance as a father walking through a post-apocalypse America with his young son is just fascinating. It stays with you long after leaving the theater. Mortensen is that good.

There aren't a lot of other actors in "The Road." Charlize Theron is very good as Viggo's wife, in flashbacks. Both Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce make cameo appearances. Eleven-year-old (he's 13 now) Kodi Smit-McPhee is just right as the couple's son.

What Hillcoat and screenwriter Joe Penhall do is accurately capture McCarthy's tone and lauguage. This isn't easy to do. "The Road" is a bleak trip, told in muted blacks, blues, and grays. There are no blue skies after whatever caused the apocalypse (is it nuclear war? we don't know. Everything left, including the trees, is dying.)

So what Dimension will have to do is establish an audience for "The Road." It opens wide in October, rather than platform the release. This should work just in getting the curious in all at once. Mortensen will be on a lot of top 10 and awards lists, and that should help, too. Depending on how the year shakes out, he could be a formidable contender.

"The Road" also has a cult quality, which could add to its mystery. The hold up from last year was to finish the effects, and they were well worth it. A whole city is painted out to reflect destruction. The sky is a miserable, darkening entity. But the scenes I liked best were ones where Mortensen takes his son back to the home he grew up in -- now abandoned. Hillcoat has made a little piece of art. You can't ask for much more than that.

© The Hollywood Reporter: SHOWBIZ 411 2009. Images © 2929/Dimension Films/MGM. Macall Polay.

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El señor de los librillos


Source: El Argentino.
Found By: Farol & Chrissie
Categories: Viggo on Life
With thanks to Farol on Virtual Viggo for finding this article first, and to Chrissie for sleuthing out the weblink, here's a report from El Argentino of Viggo's meeting with Fabio Casas, one of the Argentinian poets who is featured in the new PP publication Antología de la Nueva Poesía Argentina.
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Una caja llena de sorpresas. Así es Viggo Mortensen, quien -no contento con demostrar sus precisas dotes actorales, con haberse convertido en un sex symbol de alcance mundial y de exponer de modo permanente su exacerbado fanatismo por San Lorenzo- revela ahora un costado literario poco conocido. Acaba de lanzar el libro Antología de la nueva poesía argentina, publicación en la que trabaja, con rigor y en secreto, desde hace tres años.

El actor que alcanzó fama universal al interpretar a Aragorn en El Señor de los Anillos nunca ocultó el amor que le produce la Argentina, país que visita frecuentemente y cuna del club de sus amores, San Lorenzo. Menos sabido es que Mortensen tiene una profunda relación con la literatura. Durante sus inicios actorales le gustaba plantarse frente al público para recitar poemas beatniks. Publicó, incluso, sus propios libros. Su nexo más fuerte se da a través de Perceval Press, la editorial que dirige y que acaba de lanzar un volumen que reúne a los más destacados poetas argentinos de la generación de los noventa, que se podrá conseguir en las librerías locales a partir de la semana que viene. La selección de los autores fue realizada por Gustavo López, director de la revista VOX, de Bahía Blanca, y uno de los más notables conocedores de la poesía contemporánea. Comenzaron este trabajo hace tres años.

"Cuando el mismo proyecto en una editorial mexicana se cayó, un amigo inglés me dijo: 'Le voy a contar a Viggo, le va a interesar'. Yo no tenía idea sobre quién era ese señor. Una mañana llamaron a mi casa: 'Soy Viggo y llamo por la antología', se presentó. Le dije que tenía que ir a trabajar y que habláramos en otro momento, y él aceptó. '¿Cuál era tu apellido?', le pregunté. 'Soy Viggo Mortensen', me dijo. 'Ah. ¿Y a qué te dedicás?'. Por suerte tiene cero actitud divo. Ahí me explicó quién era y comenzamos a trabajar en el libro que acaba de salir de la imprenta".

La antología recoge los trabajos de poetas como Fabián Casas, Washington Cucurto, Martín Gambarotta, Santiago Llach, Marina Mariasch, Juan Desiderio y Alejandro Rubio, entre otros. Exponentes de la literatura que se forjó durante los años noventa, generación que renovó la poesía argentina con una potencia temática y formal cuyos ecos aún reverberan.

La semana pasada Viggo estuvo en el país para ultimar los detalles y traer los primeros libros, que fueron impresos en España. López pensó que era una buena oportunidad para que conociera a Fabián Casas, un escritor que compartía su pasión futbolera por el club del barrio de Boedo. "López le había pasado mis libros y sabía de nuestro amor común por San Lorenzo -cuenta Casas-. Nos encontramos a las ocho y no paramos de hablar. A las doce insistió en acompañarme caminando hasta mi casa. La gente no lo podía creer. '¡Eh, Aragorn!', le gritaban. Una chica muy linda también lo reconoció, entonces él le preguntó: '¿De qué club sos?'. 'De Independiente', constestó ella. Entonces Viggo hizo gestos de rechazo. Es un personaje total." López y Casas coinciden en que pudo más la pasión por el fútbol que la literaria o cinéfila a la hora de la conversación con Mortensen. "Le quería preguntar por sus películas: su interpretación del mafioso ruso en Promesas del Este me pareció increíble -señala Casas-. Pero comenzábamos a hablar y siempre terminábamos en San Lorenzo. '¿No viste el tatuaje que tenía en esa película? Es un cuervo enorme', contaba. También nos relató sobre cómo, mientras filmaba en Hungría, el director le tuvo que pedir que cubriera los colgantes de San Lorenzo que se le veían por encima de un traje medieval."

La poesía es un género literario muy potente en el país y sus cultores aguardan la llegada a las librerías de la antología, ya que el padrinazgo de la estrella de Hollywood podría acercar a muchos más lectores a un género que, a veces, es considerado una lectura para pocos. La masividad en la poesía es una posibilidad real: mayores hazañas han atestiguado los fans de Aragorn. ¿Qué dificultad podría significarle la poesía para millones en comparación con las aventuras que vivió en los épicos paisajes de la Tierra Media ?

© ElArgentino.com -2008.

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The Lord Of The Books


Source: El Argentino.
Found By: Translation by Graciela
From: My Fairy Tale
From: My Fairy Tale.
© Fon Chansenthor.
Many thanks to Graciela for bringing us the Viggo-Works translation of this article.
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By Diego Rojas

A box full of surprises. That is Viggo Mortensen, who - not content with having proved his great acting skills, becoming a worldwide sex symbol and showing that he is a crazy fan of San Lorenzo everywhere - now reveals a little known literary side. He has just released the book Antología de la Nueva Poesía Argentina (Anthology of New Argentine Poetry) a publication on which he has been working secretly and rigorously for the last three years.

The actor, who gained worldwide recognition after he played Aragorn in Lord Of The Rings, has never hidden his love for Argentina; he frequently visits the country, home of his beloved San Lorenzo. What many people don't know is that Mortensen has a profound relationship with literature. During his early days as an actor, he enjoyed reciting beatnik poetry in front of the public. He even published his own books. His main connection with literature is through Perceval Press, the publishing house he directs, which has just released a book that includes the most remarkable Argentine poets of the 90s, and that will available in local book stores next week. The selection of poets was done by Gustavo López, director of VOX magazine from Bahía Blanca, and one of the main specialists in contemporary poetry. They started to work on this book three years ago.

"When the same project did not work out with a Mexican publishing house, a British friend told me: 'I'm going to tell Viggo, he will be interested.' I had no idea who that gentleman was. One morning, I got a call in my house: 'I'm Viggo and I'm calling about the anthology,' he introduced himself. I told him I had to go to work and that we could talk at another time, and he accepted. 'What's your last name?' I asked. 'I'm Viggo Mortensen' he said. 'Oh, and what do you do for a living?' Fortunately he has zero diva attitude. So he explained who he was and we started working on the book that has just been published."

The anthology includes the work of poets like Fabián Casas, Washington Cucurto, Martín Gambarrotta, Santiago Llach, Marina Mariasch, Juan Desiderio and Alejandro Rubio, among others. They are a group of poets that emerged in the 90s, a generation who renewed Argentine poetry with powerful themes and forms that still echo today.

Last week Viggo came to Argentina to arrange the last details and bring the first books, which were printed in Spain. Lopez thought this was a good opportunity for him to meet Fabián Casas, a writer who shares his soccer passion for San Lorenzo. "Lopez had given him my books and he knew of our shared love for San Lorenzo," Casas tells us. "We met at 8 pm and we could not stop talking. At midnight he insisted on walking with me to my house. People could not believe it. 'Hey, Aragorn' they shouted. A beautiful girl recognized him and so he asked her 'What team do you support?' and she said 'Independiente', so he pretended to reject her. He is a total character."

Lopez and Casas said that the passion for soccer was stronger than the love for literature and cinema. "I really wanted to ask him about his movies, especially his performance as a Russian mobster in Eastern Promises, which I thought was remarkable," says Casas. "But we started to talk and we always ended up with San Lorenzo. 'Did you see the tattoo I had in that movie? It is a huge crow,' he told us. He also said that when filming in Hungary, the director asked him to cover the San Lorenzo pendants he had because they could be seen through his middle aged suit."

Poetry is a very strong literary genre in this country and those who love it are really hopeful for this anthology, since the sponsorship of a Hollywood star could attract other readers to a genre that is sometimes considered to be for just a few. Poetry for everybody is a real possibility; Aragorn fans have seen greater deeds. After all, what could poetry for millions be when compared to the adventures that he lived in the epic landscapes of Middle Earth?

© El Argentino. Images © Fon Chansenthor.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo



Exhibitions are very much on my mind at the moment as I have spent most of this week hanging and manning a small one. I now appreciate just how much work is involved - not just deciding what to take and what to leave, but which order to put them up in and... well... just getting them straight. Viggo is a seasoned exhibitor and makes it all look easy but I am now so in awe of all those lines in Sadanset, and the sheer number of pictures hung, that it seems only fair to pay tribute with an Exhibition Quotable. Nelson Ramirez de Arellano says, below, that 'The only chance we have of getting to know him is now, facing his work'. He does indeed hang his soul on the wall. Long may that unique privilege to know him continue.





"I have brought far too many pictures," says Viggo Mortensen, with his hands placed on his hips and with a half-desperate look, glancing over the room in Ljósmyndasafni Reykjavik at Tryggvagötu. In the middle of the floor some big wooden boxes are standing and spread all over the room are photographs with 150 framed photographs; in colour and black/white. "Well, I will have to consider taking some down,"

Dreaming About Telling Stories
By Einar Fal Ingolfsson - translated by Rosen and Ragga
29 May 2008
Source: Morgunblaðið



I decided to take photos of trees for this show because there are no trees in Iceland. I decided to bring trees to Iceland.

Viggo Mortensen on the Skovbo Exhibition
Capable Of Many Things
By Hanna Björk Valsdóttir - translated by Ragga
30 May 2008
Source: Fréttablaðið



"Some of the pictures are good, even if they stand alone. Others are not that interesting" he judges. He continues "But it is the Whole, that is important to me."

Viggo talking about sadanset
From movies to photos
Jyllandsposten
Jette Hansen
19 October 2008



In a rather humble statement from someone of such artistic stature and talent, there were only a few of Mortensen's works on display. But, the small room dedicated to his work dictated only a few images could be mounted well. Mortensen's photographs are humbling and a bar artists should hope to achieve themselves after thirty plus-years of photographing.

Jaxon House Rocks With Perceval Press Artists: Newsom, Milstein, Bryce, Mortensen
by Kriss Perras
PCH Press, June 18, 2006



"...it doesn't matter that people don't know what it is, or what it is to me, as long as it feels like something is going on, you know? ...The results in here are mine. In the movies, they never are."

Sign Language Exhibition Video Transcription
By Zooey (Transcription)
2 February 2002
Source: You Tube



Many, like me today, have written about him; about his poems, his paintings or his photographs, but nobody really knows him. The only chance we have of getting to know him is now, facing his work; one minute later, tomorrow, he will be a total stranger just like the rest of the world..

Un Hueco En El Sol Booklet
By Nelson Ramirez de Arellano
Principal Specialist, Cuban Photographic Library, Havana
translated by Graciela
May 2003, Perceval Press



These are some of the traces that could make up our image of Viggo; we can peek and venture a last look into his world, his photographs, and at least grasp what we manage to see against the light when we go through this "hole in the sun". When we return, we will think that we now know him, and we will talk about him, tell his stories (ours) just like we tell the story of a friend's life.

Un Hueco En El Sol Booklet
By Nelson Ramirez de Arellano
Principal Specialist, Cuban Photographic Library, Havana
translated by Graciela
May 2003, Perceval Press




People will almost commit murder to get a ticket. Just to be near the man.

'In the beginning people came to my exhibits because they knew me from the films I had done. But now I think they're beginning to come because they like what I exhibit,' said Viggo in his own very modest way.

A Barefoot Viggo in Odense
By Marianne Koch - translated by Rebekka
27 June 2003
Source: Fyens Stiftstidende



'I continue creating because I need to create, because not all of those that come to my exhibitions do so because of my films, and because life is short, and even if it is easy, it is necessary to hurry.'

Viggo, a photographer before an actor
Un Hueco En El Sol Exhibition
By Andrés D. Abreu
Havana 5 May 2003
Source: La Jiribilla



It is not a coincidence that he has called this exhibit Ephëmeris meaning 'short-term', 'passing', but you are not tempted to interpret it as a transitory sign, instead it is to be experienced as 'carpe diem', seize the day, do not let the moment slip from your grasp. He wants to capture it all and to a large extent he succeeds.

Seize The Moment
By Mogens Damgaard - translated by Rebekka
3 July 2003
Source: Fyens Stiftstidende



'...there is movement, there are layers, unexpected reflections, a liquid and often transparent quality to my images - things I don't see but have come to know exist, that will probably show up if I do things in a certain way.'

Viggo Mortensen
Mō Te Upoko-o-te-ika/For Wellington (press release)
By Rebecca Wilson, Exhibition Curator
November 2003
Source: City Gallery Wellington



Wandering around the gallery in bare feet sporting a Lord of the Rings shirt, Mortensen describes how one series of photographs on show were a bit of a fluke. Lost 1,2,3 and 4, he jokingly calls them, were taken when he was geographically challenged in the bush on the West Coast one night. The photographs were snapped so that the flash might give him light to get his bearings.

"I eventually had to lie down under a tree for a while till the moon came over me and I could figure out where I was."

Viggo Says Thanks in Pictures
By Bess Mason
26 November 2003
Source: Dominion Post



'Are all these people here because of your name?' I asked. 'Here,' he said reaching for my pen and pad of paper, 'They're here to see this guy,' and he wrote down a name I had not heard of before, Stefan Kirkeby. 'You have to go and find his photographs.'

Viggo Mortensen Clicks with Photo L.A.
By Tod Mesirow
2004
Source: Coagula Art Journal #67



He leaves no room for ambivalence, he will force you to have an opinion of his work, whether positive or negative it doesn't matter. But there is not a chance of someone saying "Oh isn't that nice".

Viggo Mortensen: An Artist For All Seasons
by Richard Marcus
BNN Blogger News Network May 6th, 2005


As always, you can find all the previous Quotables here on our webpages.

© Viggo-Works.com. Images © mbl.is/Einar Falur.

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'Good' DVD News


Source: DVD Times.
Found By: Chrissiejane
Our thanks to Chrissiejane for bringing us news on confirmation about the release of Good on R2 DVD and various sources of purchase - follow the link to DVD Times above to see them!
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Good on 31st August 2009 priced at £15.99 RRP. This World War II drama (based on the acclaimed CP Taylor play) uses one man's moral decline to express the fate of 1930s Germany. Directed by Vicente Amorim the film stars Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker.


Presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio, extras include interviews with cast and crew...


Viggo-Works has also learned that there will be no North American (Region 1) release for the 'Good' DVD.

Maybe now is the time to purchase that Region Free DVD player so that you can view both Alatriste, and now Good.

© 1999-2009 Poisonous Monkey Ltd. Images © Lionsgate.


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