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'Appaloosa' in Total Film magazine

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Calendar Update

Please note that we have been able to confirm that Viggo will be in Argentina on October 9 to promote 'Appaloosa' and we have updated the October calendar.

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Viggo, Ed Harris on manhood

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Categories: Movie Promotions
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By Ruben V. Nepales
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:27:00 09/25/2008

LOS ANGELES, California--Since Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris play tough lawmen-for-hire in the western "Appaloosa," they were asked, in recent separate interviews, their views on manhood, especially in the light of a Variety piece that pointed out how Hollywood of late casts non-American actors in roles that call for "manly" characters.

For the record, Viggo and Ed are absolutely manly as paid peacekeepers Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, respectively, in the Old West in "Appaloosa." Ed also directed the film based on the novel by Robert B. Parker of the same title--he does a good job in his second directing stint after "Pollock." Quiet, strong types, the two are perfect as tough lawmen who have been riding together for a long time. The dynamics of their unspoken bond of friendship change when an attractive widow, played by Renee Zellweger, arrives in the town of Appaloosa.

Mixed bag

Both actors chuckled initially in reaction to the "manhood" question by a colleague since the term could also refer to the male genitalia or sexuality. "I have my moments when I am not very secure about my manhood (laughter) but I'm not going to talk about that," quipped Viggo, who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the crest of his favorite Argentine soccer team, San Lorenzo.

"Who knows?" asked the actor, who also teamed memorably with Ed in "A History of Violence." "I think the lines are not so distinct as some people would like them to be between men and women in terms of behavior, responsibilities and roles. There are all kinds of men and women. There's a saying, 'He's all man.' I don't think there's any all man or any all woman. We're all mixtures of influences, genetics, dispositions, upbringing and nature. It's a mixed bag that we're all handed in the beginning that we keep adding to or it keeps being added to for us as we grow up. I wouldn't say manhood--I would just say as a person there are things that embarrass me or make me feel unsure or not useful."

Asked how he identifies with his character's sense of justice and fairness, circa 1882, Viggo answered, "I do get upset when people who can't defend themselves are being lied to or treated badly. If I have a chance to do something about it, I tend to speak up. Sometimes, it's offensive to people but I try to be fair and well informed. I don't know if I'll be able to be as brutal about meting out justice, the way Everett and Virgil are."

Getting old

Turning 50 next month, Viggo talked about getting old: "I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. When someone says, 'I saw you in this movie. When did you do that?' I think back and say, '1980 something.' It always surprises me a little bit. I have to say that, with the pace I have been working at, and with the things that have been going on in my personal life and family in the last couple of years, I do feel more tired in the morning than I used to. I'm slowing down a bit so I have to make an effort."

Ed, for his part, obliged with: "To me, part of the responsibility of being a man, especially in America, is not being locked into this macho posturing that a lot of guys feel they need to put forth to get through the world--whether that's because they're insecure or it makes them feel safer or it keeps them out of trouble." To show what he meant by "macho posturing," Ed stood up and demonstrated the cockiest walk ever--a truly macho swagger. "I have my way to be if I'm in a difficult situation, where I basically put out the energy implying 'Don't f**k with me.' "

Ed, who is married to actress Amy Madigan, clarified, "But you don't have to do that all the time, especially in your relationships with people, particularly with women. I've been married now for almost 25 years to Amy. From the get-go, she basically said to me, 'You're going to have to open up a little bit here, buddy. You're going to have to share some of your thoughts and feelings with me or this isn't going to work.'

Restricting self-image

"You try not to have a self-image that is restricting or restrictive, that prohibits you from experiencing life in a fuller way. That changes your attitude about certain things. It gives you more confidence as a human being on the planet in a certain way and it makes you feel secure about your manhood. A lot of the homophobia in this country is because guys are afraid that they have a tendency--that they like a man."

The actor, 57, explained how he discovered Robert B. Parker's novel and why it inspired him to direct again. "I hadn't directed a film since 'Pollock,'" he said. "I wasn't really thinking about directing but I was ready if something inspired me. I had this book that I brought with me to this trip that my family made to Ireland. I began to read it one day in the hotel. I enjoyed Robert's writing and the dialogue between these two guys. I was struck by the relationship between them. I enjoyed it. It made me laugh and it made me feel comfortable, good. I just thought it would be really fun to capture that relationship on film. Before I even finished the book, I called my agent and asked him if the book was available. And it was--I proceeded from there.

On casting the pivotal role of Allison French, the new woman in town whom the two gentlemen are instantly attracted to in varying degrees, Ed revealed, "When I read the story and began working on the script, one of the things I wanted to make sure of was that the woman character does not come across as a calculating bitch. It's one of the reasons why I cast Renee. The character is not a devil in disguise. She's not a deceiver. She's much more of a survivor in my mind. I find her a very fascinating character. And I was really proud of the work that Renee did. You don't know anything about the character in the novel. She's not explained."

Presidential bet

Pressed to comment on the US presidential contenders, Barack Obama and John McCain, Ed didn't hold back: "I pray to God that Obama be the next president. I'm trying to think of where to move to if he's not elected. I find that the energy and the tenor have not really been positive in the past eight years. People say the US president doesn't really affect that much. He does and I really feel good about Obama--his spirit, energy and his intelligence and the fact that he can say a sentence."

In addition to co-writing the screenplay and co-producing, Ed also sings the song that can be heard during the film's end credits. Yes, he also co-wrote "You'll Never Leave My Heart."

Belle in the cast

Renee had the pleasure of being the belle in a mostly male cast that also includes Jeremy Irons as the villain. "I can't complain," she declared. "Fellows in chaps and hats, and on horses everyday."

As for Viggo and Ed, she gushed, "Both are really nice guys. They're both guy-guys."

But she emphasized that, off-camera, it wasn't a male-dominated set. "The crew is full of girls," Renee pointed out. Female wranglers everywhere. Only when the camera turns this way that I'm the only girl."

Of her character, Renee said, "One of the things I liked most about Allie was that in spite of her questionable morality, you can't judge her. I think it's pretty clear that she's not a malicious person. She's just very limited in her choice of options. And she's a survivor. She's clearly alone. This is the first character I ever played where I was uncertain about the conclusion I had drawn about her circumstances."

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