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Viggo on the cover of Flaunt Magazine


Source: Flaunt Magazine.
Found By: Eriko

Thanks to Eriko for finding these lovely scans from Flaunt Magazine.

VIGGO MORTENSEN The first to grace our cover three times.




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© Flaunt Magazine. Images © Kurt Iswanenko.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Categories: Quotable Viggo

This is the final part of my 'Early Days' quotes and last week we left Viggo 'training with monkeys'. This week we have some surprising auditions, a dogged determination to carry on even though his entire performance is on the cutting room floor and his family is in the cinema expecting to see him onscreen, and finally at a point where a crucial decision between theatre and film led to his role in The Indian Runner. But not before he found himself building a very large barn....




"I was sent plane tickets to London, I did a load of tests, and when I thought the part was mine [in Greystoke], they gave it to Christopher Lambert. What happened with The Purple Rose of Cairo, by Woody Allen, was worse as he cut all the scenes I was in. That was frustrating! I looked a real fool, ashamed, especially with my family and friends as I had announced my participation in the films to them. My parents thought I was lying and would say: "'Son, tell us the truth! What did you do in New York?'" [Great laughter]"

Viggo Mortensen
A Multi-talented Hero
Dominical, by J. A. - translated for V-W by NacidaLibre
27 August 2006




"Before the audition [for To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar] I wanted to practice a little so I called up a friend of mine, [actress] Valeria Golino, and she helped me to get all dressed up. Then I walked on Broadway in New York in the middle of the day. Nobody even blinked an eye, and some guys whistled."

Viggo Mortensen on The Hot New 39-Year-Old
by Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine, 1998




"..... as an actor I had two very bad years with hardly any work, it was impossible to live. Then, gradually, things began to improve. I got work, although I still had to do other kinds of work to make ends meet at the end of the month. I endured."

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




"In the beginning everyone was very obsessed with getting my name changed.'Viggo Mortensen - that's too long and too strange', they said. I suggested as a joke to change it to "Vic Morton'. That sounds like one of those movie private investigators in the 40's... "Vic Morton, private eye'. No, my name is Viggo Mortensen, I am Viggo Mortensen, and Hollywood will have to live with that."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo from Hollywood
by Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine), 2001




Mortensen calls the long wait [for stardom] 'lucky.' "I've screen-tested for lots of things I didn't get....I don't regret not getting 'Greystoke' or 'Dracula.' I had a chance to watch others in the spotlight and see how they dealt with it."

Back in the saddle 'Rings' hero Mortensen is riding high with 'Hidalgo'
By Nancy Mills
Daily News
25 February 2004




"The same day I was offered Witness, I was offered a Shakespeare in the Park production--I think it was Henry V," he recalls. "I made a choice to try something I didn't know much about, which ended up being the right thing, because it was a good story and I got to work with Peter Weir."

History Teacher
By Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly
19 August 2005




"It was Peter Weir who, seeing me, said, 'It will be interesting for (the character played by) Alexander Godunov to have this brother who follows him everywhere.' And he asked me to stay six weeks instead of one! It was in June and July, it was very hot. As I had little to do, I passed the time in roaming around Pennsylvania on a bicycle I had found. I made friends. I was like Tom Sawyer, and they paid me, and I could watch the crew on set as much as I wanted."

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




"He was really into the building-the-barn scene. I was supposed to be handing him tools and he'd say 'Hand me a whatever,' and I didn't know what the hell he was talking about. He probably built most of that barn himself."

Viggo Mortensen on working with Harrison Ford in Witness
The Hot New 39-Year-Old
by Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine, 1998





After finally making it to the screen in Witness he moved to LA. Bartending and truck driving jobs kept him flush in the late 80s, in between movies such as Fresh Horses, Young Guns II and the bizarre low-budget gem The Reflecting Skin.

The Man Who Would Be King
By Nick Dent
Black & White magazine, #58
December 2001




Ironically, he had successfully auditioned for a Panida Theater stage role as Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman before learning of his selection for Penn's movie [The Indian Runner]. Deborah McShane, a Panida board member, clearly remembers the unpretentious, calm and kind man whose audition 'created an energy shift in the theater'.

"Karen Bowers (Panida's manager) heard the very quiet, knowing and sensitive voice," McShane recalls. "She stopped what she was doing and came down the aisle. We cast him in the role."

A Visit With Viggo
By Marianne Love
Sandpoint magazine, 2004




"I had four or five difficult years. I had lots of auditions, with no success. At that time, I left New York for Los Angeles. I did some theater there ... And then it came little by little, with really small films, with a part in the sequel to Young Guns. One day, during the filming of I can't remember which film, I went back to my hotel and found a message: 'Sean Penn called you,' with a telephone number. I asked myself which of my friends was playing a trick on me. And there was a spelling mistake in Sean. I call: 'Sean Penn?' 'Yeah,' replies Sean Penn, grumpily. 'It's Viggo Mortensen What do you want?'"

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




"I remember Sean saying to me on about the sixth week of shooting," Indian producer Phillips recalls, "'Don, Viggo's going to be a humongous star.'"

Viggo Mortensen
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

© Viggo-Works.com. Images © Paramount Pictures. Courtesy of Viggo's Celluloid Haven. .

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The Montreal Canadiens 100 Years/100 Stars


Source: You Tube.
Found By: Eriko
habsspecial.jpg
© Montreal Canadiens.
Thanks to Eriko for the heads up on the YouTube videos of the Montreal Canadiens special featuring Viggo. Thanks to fleni for the videos.

Click here for Part One, Part Five and Part Seven.





© CBC TV. Images © Montreal Canadiens.

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5 Questions For Viggo Mortensen

Translation by Ewa
Source: Max (Italy)
hitchandcole3.jpg
© New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers.
Our thanks to Ewa for the translation.
Quote:
Why did you accept Appaloosa?

Because you can't say no to someone like Ed Harris. I liked the book and I wanted to work again with Ed, after A History of Violence.

The idea of interpreting a western wasn't exciting for you?

I am not so fond of the genre: I care more about the actors than about the film. It's difficult to find good performances in western films, they're rarely "art": I like Gary Cooper in High Noon and Man of the West, Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Open Range, Peter Fonda in the latest 3:10 to Yuma. I am not a big fan of Unforgiven: I like the film as long as the violence does not become excessive and overwhelming. At the end of Appaloosa, I was more interested in the relationship of the two, so dependent and nevertheless different, it almost bursts into irony.

Is it true that you wished you could refuse the part after having seen yourself in the costume?

It's not that it didn't please me; I mean, I am not that conceited. But I felt rather strange; they made me grow a big goatee, the hairstyle. And I didn't feel comfortable with that gun.

And what made you change your mind?

The hundreds of photos and drawings the art direction guys showed me. Images of men in 1882, the period of our film's story, they'd returned home because, 25 years after the end of the civil war and the battles with the Indians, it was the age to return. Or if they didn't then they looked somewhere else to find a place to stay and to build their own house: that's what happens to our Virgil and Everett, the two have become a duo travelling the West and are now coming to Appaloosa, New Mexico. They claim the sheriff's star to stop the evil landowner Bragg, interpreted by Jeremy Irons. He's someone who has done what he's wanted up until this moment. Initially there was no law, now Virgil obtains, first, carte blanche and then becomes the sheriff who is respected. And I am on his flank.

Everett in Appaloosa, Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, the Russian gangster in Eastern Promises or the father in the upcoming apocalyptic tale The Road by Cormac McCarthy. What do they have in common?

I like characters who find themselves at the brink of change. Everett is in the centre of the transition from anarchy to civil law in America. My characters always stand for crossing a ford. Years ago, Everett studied at West Point but I love imagining him as the black sheep of the family because he has gone West, looking for adventure and he has found it. In the book he says: I'd been in West Point, like my father, but I found it boring. While the hairstyle, gun, saddlebag, riding positions are based on the photos of that period; it was me who added the dandy touches to him; the gilet, the Victorian manners, formalistic as well as brutal, he can't erase them.

© RCS Periodici S.P.A.. Images © New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers.

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Viggo-Works Editorial


Many of you have sent emails commenting on this powerful statement by Viggo, posted at Perceval Press.
Quote:
WELCOME, PRESIDENT OBAMA!

LET'S HOPE THAT THE DAYS WHEN CRIMINAL U.S. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR ADMINISTRATIONS ARE REPACKAGED AND REHABILITATED IN THE UNSUITABLE GUISE OF BELOVED MAVERICK STATESMEN BY SHAMELESS PUBLIC RELATIONS TEAMS ARE OVER.

UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS PROBABLE THAT THE SAME AWKWARD SLEIGHT-OF-HAND, ABETTED BY U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA CORPORATIONS, WILL BE ATTEMPTED IN DUE COURSE ON BEHALF OF CHENEY AND BUSH, JR. -- AND PERHAPS ONCE AGAIN SWALLOWED HOOK, LINE AND SINKER BY A SIGNIFICANT SEGMENT OF THE U.S. PUBLIC. IT MOST LIKELY DEPENDS ON HOW FAR MR. OBAMA CHOOSES TO ATTEMPT TAKING HIS "CHANGE" CONCEPT IN TERMS OF SIGNIFICANTLY OVERHAULING THE STRUCTURE AND MORAL CONDUCT OF HIS COUNTRY'S GOVERNMENT.

AS IMPORTANT AS ANYTHING HE CAN DO IN THIS REGARD IS LEADING THE WAY IN AN EARNEST EFFORT TO PROSECUTE CHENEY, BUSH, JR. AND OTHERS IN THE OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION FOR TREASON, WAR CRIMES, FRAUD, AND THE HOST OF OTHER DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMES THEY CAN JUSTIFIABLY BE TRIED FOR. IT CAN BE DONE AND IT NEEDS TO BE DONE IF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS TO ACHIEVE THE FULL RESPECT OF THE FAMILY OF NATIONS AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, OF ITS OWN CITIZENS. THIS IS AS HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT AND JUST A CALLING AS THOSE ACCEPTED BY THE INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONS CHARGED WITH EXAMINING AND PROSECUTING THE OUTRAGEOUS CONDUCT OF HITLER'S GOVERNMENT OR THAT OF SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID-ERA REGIMES, TO NAME BUT A FEW OTHER TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS. HERE'S HOPING FOR THE VERY BEST FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FROM US ALL.

Let me make it perfectly clear that at no time would we ever presume to speak for Viggo or to interpret what may prompt him to pen his Perceval editorials, but because of your numerous emails and messages concerning this one particular piece, we feel the need to make a general response, and ultimately say that in this case, Viggo appears to us to be right on target with his comments...no matter how vigorously written.

I have been following the Obama cabinet confirmation hearings in great detail. Obama's nominee for Attorney General (the top lawyer in the USA...the peoples' lawyer...NOT the President's lawyer), a position corrupted by the Bush Administration, is Eric Holder.

Holder, is an experienced Justice Department employee dating at least back to the Clinton Administration. He has been a prosecutor, Superior Court Judge, U.S. Attorney, and Asst. Attorney General, and is fully supported by the entire Justice Department; and ONE of the few men to survive the Bush years with his integrity intact. No one, not even the Republicans, can find fault with this man and the common wisdom is that he will ultimately be confirmed as Attorney General.

...BUT...

The Republicans in the U.S. Senate, just yesterday, decided to block his confirmation for at least a week. In his confirmation hearing, Holder stated emphatically that "Water boarding is torture.", and IT IS torture under the rules of international law and the Hague Convention, of which the United States of America is a signatory...a FACT that the Bush Administration chose to totally disregard after 9-11. Holder also emphatically stated at the hearings that, "No one is above the law."

Now, the Republicans are stalling this crucial confirmation because they, "don't want to confirm him if he is going off on a witch-hunt" at the Justice Department. They are DEMANDING to speak with the President and are seeking assurances that no one will be prosecuted for what appears to be these obvious crimes if Holder becomes our next Attorney General. Yes...the old two-step cover-up.


The Justice Department is in a catastrophic shambles today. It was gutted of much of the qualified staff and lawyers during the Bush/Ashcroft/Gonzales/Mukasey years. The office of the President had lawyers penning directives that they used to circumvent the law and do as they pleased. They only hired lawyers from the political right and fired prosecutors (BIG legal brouhaha) and judges and government lawyers who were not of their political thinking. The Justice Department is a MESS and just about the only one who is qualified (and has the integrity) to run it and clean it up is Holder. That probably means that if he does his job right, people from the Bush years may indeed be indicted and prosecuted. Thus the Republicans seek to block or slow down the Holder appointment until they are assured that no one will be prosecuted.

We have a precedent not to comment on Viggo's editorials, but in this particular case, because of the recent alarming events taking place in the U.S. Senate, and because of the numerous messages and comments received here, we have decided that we can not be silent. Not only do we at Viggo-Works defend Viggo's right to post his opinions on his Perceval Press website, but on this specific topic, we believe that his comments are right on target and we support his point and his position in the fullest measure. We join Viggo in his call that President Obama live up to the words he so eloquently spoke at his inauguration, to hold people and institutions accountable for their actions. Ladies and gentlemen, you and I would not get away with breaking the law as the Bush Administration did, and instructed others to do. We encourage in the strongest way possible, that President Obama put his money where his mouth is and not cave in to the forces that would sweep this blackest of periods in American history under the carpet.

"No one is above the law."

Riv Res

© Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press/viggo-works.com.


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