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Viggo Mortensen Thrills to John Doe's Performance

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Found By: Miriad
Categories: Viggo being Viggo
Many thanks to Zooey and Sage and Graciela for translating this article found by Miriad.

The actor attended the musician's Friday concert with The Sadies in Barcelona.

Viggo attending John Doe concert, Barcelona - 10.23.09
Viggo attending John Doe concert, Barcelona - 10.2....
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Among the passionate public at the John Doe concert with The Sadies on Friday 23 in Barcelona, part of a night of rock music, was New York actor, Viggo Mortensen. As carried away as anyone else, he sang the songs, and applauded enthusiastically. And he didn't hide on the upper floor like Scarlett Johannson did long ago; he sat near the stage and quietly enjoyed the show. Or almost. Because at the beginning, he passed quite unnoticed, but when rumors about his presence began, he had to take pictures, sign autographs and stop some not-so-subtle flirting, all done with saintly patience.

Viggo again proved to be a Hollywood star capable of moving comfortably among us, the mere mortals. And he didn't go to the concert in fancy clothes, just jeans, tennis shoes and the jersey of his favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo de Almagro.

More than just an actor, Mortensen is a Renaissance man: on his resume there is a place for poetry, photography, painting, and yes, music. Many Tolkien fans will remember that he sang Aragorn's coronation song in the soundtrack of The Return of the King, a track on which, by the way, he wrote the music. And also he has been known to collaborate with the adventurous guitarist Buckethead.

That is, Mortensen was not just passing by. According to sources close to the organizers, he had already seen John Doe and the Sadies two nights before in the Sala Heineken in Madrid. He is a fan of both, especially when they play together: in the booth they'd set up there, where he met Jason Groth, guitarist of the group Magnolia Electric, he picked up six copies of their recent joint album Country Club; he also bought a couple of copies of New Seasons (The Sadies) and finally, a Year in the Wilderness (John Doe).

Country Club is an album of country and western renditions essentially, but they also slip in up to four original numbers. One of them, It Just Dawned On Me, is a new collaboration by John Doe and Exene Cervenka, the creative nucleus of the legendary Los Angeles punk group/band X.

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This Week In The V-W Marketplace News

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We have had another great week with our features in the Viggo-Works Marketplace News. Check out all the delightful artistic offerings.

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Once again, check out all of our features in the Viggo-Works Marketplace News.

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Yo!! Viggo!!

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Hey Viggo,

Let me say that since your turn as the ever heroic Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings, you have positively dazzled us with the scope of your acting abilities as you gave us the conflicted Frank T Hopkins - the man with the Oh-my-God! past, Tom Stall - the sometimes dashing, sometimes frustrating, almost always honorable (yet savvy) Diego Alatriste - the secretive and lonely, yet charismatic Nikolai Luzhin - the loyal and principled Everett Hitch - the morally and ethically compromised (and haunted) John Halder - and now the desperate and dying Man. All of these performances carry your hallmark understated brilliance...each one its own tour de force.

Each of these movies may have had a scene or two where humor was injected, and I recall the laughter in the audience, but it was a nervous laughter as we enjoyed a few seconds respite from a stark reality being portrayed. Your characters and these stories haunt us long after we see your wonderful films. Herein lies the rub.

Your latest film to be released (Nov 25 in the USA) is the extraordinary adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I have read the book and seen the trailers, heard the haunting musical score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, watched the excerpts from the film on the internet, and read the bazillion reviews of the film by those critics who have seen it at the many film festivals. I am, of course, waiting to see the complete movie for myself late in November. I, however, know enough and have seen enough of this movie already, to understand that your performance in it is heart wrenching and Oscar worthy. Bravo yet again, Viggo!

But here again, Viggo, is yet another in a list of very, very somber movies and this one has all the markings of being the most heartbreaking of all. Lordy Viggo! This time you take a whole movie to show us how much you love your son and to die! You do it in your remarkable style and we are left devastated. We are all hollering 'Uncle!' Enough already!!

Viggo!! It is time for you to give us some comedy! It is time for something lighthearted! We have been overwhelmed with sadness, fear, and even despair. This latest movie is simply beautiful, but it is enough.

You don't have to be Will Farrell, or Jack Black, or Eddie Murphy...just be Viggo, but make us laugh for once.

> How about Aragorn and Arwen jump in a Winnebago and tour the National Parks (see...I watched Ken Burns too) of Middle-earth ala Lucy and Desi?

> Or, how about Diego and Maria do Dancing With the Stars? Hey...a musical!!

> Or, how about Tom and Edie Stall want to hitchhike through Provence, but somehow end up in Mongolia in a big blue V-W bus?

> Or, how about Nikolai Luzhin stands for Parliament as head of the newly formed Tattoo Party?

> Or, how about John Halder emigrates to Ireland, takes up tap dancing and becomes the star of Riverdance? Yeah...another musical (with dancing too)!

OK...OK...OK...maybe you have better is the plea. We are overdue for a laugh. Viggo! Please make us laugh!

Most Sincerely,

Riv Res

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

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The BAFTA A Life In Pictures event last Saturday was a lot of fun, not least because it was great to hear Viggo relating anecdotes from some of his earlier films. Hopefully there will be a video soon and you can all enjoy him telling us how he managed to land a nappy on Al Pacino's nose. Sitting there taking it all in, I remembered that I have a bunch of quotes (both comments and reviews) that I haven't posted here before, all from his Pre-Aragorn acting days. Yup - even sitting in The Presence I'm thinking about Quotable Viggo

Courtesy of Viggo's Celluloid Haven. © Miramax / Zenith.


"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


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 Harlin 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 talking about Prison
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
By Carnell
March 1999
Source: Carpe Noctem magazine #15

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)

'I was visiting a friend in Los Angeles and he had a part in the third. "We need a man. Wasn't that something for you?', he asked. Why not? I had seen the original 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre', and I thought there was something about it - in spite of everything. I hoped the third would contain the same. But the movie company got cold feet and cut away the most terrifying and gruesome scenes, and it ended up being a rather incoherent movie.'

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

The Reflecting Skin

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.

Viggo Mortensen Interview
by Martha Frankel
June 1991

The Indian Runner

SEAN PENN: I think I stimulated Viggo's temper. And, as I remember, I think I got a little bit personal. But I think he was professionally responsive, he knew where to go for what I was looking for. When you're abusive to an actor, it's one thing-when you're abusive to a character, it's another. And I think I found it was helpful to both of us to raise my own tempo a little bit, get in the same place as him, share the vibe . . .

When Viggo Met Sean
7 Sept 2007
Excerpted from Sean Penn: His Life and Times
by Richard T. Kelly (UK: Faber and Faber, US: Canongate US, 2004)

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

American Yakuza

...he most impressive element of the film is Viggo Mortensen, one of the most capable American character actors, here in a very unusual role of an action lead - tough, but sensitive man with a hidden agenda.

American Yakuza Video Review
By Dragan Antulov


"I sent him the script, he liked it and, only after adding a lot of riders and positive contributions and after hours talking about it, he accepted. He explores to the infinite, not only the character's emotions but also the wardrobe, all the things. He's so honest and generous,"

José Luis Acosta
Chiaroscuro: Viggo, Light And Dark
By Rocio Garcia
El Pais, Translated by Graciela, Remolina, Sage and Zooey
17 May 2009

Crimson Tide

'Watching Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington was pretty interesting; to be at several scenes when they're arguing in speeches and stuff. I'd say that's fun to watch those actors go at it like a sporting event and I had a front row seat. '

Viggo Mortensen on Crimson Tide
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
by Carnell
Carpe Noctem magazine #15, 1999

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

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

GI Jane

His work in GI Jane was brave - he brought understatement to the kind of role that offers grandstanding opportunities on a silver platter.

Viggo Mortensen: A Method Actor in Middle-Earth
by Ryan Gilbey
The, 2001

A Perfect Murder

'...I'm surprised they let me do that, actually [the paintings]. There was just a little time before we were going to start and I just asked, "What if I did this myself? I showed them a couple of small samples and they said sure if I made this bigger and I said OK. So it was one of those things where you're at a job interview and they say can you speak Chinese? Because if you can speak Chinese you've got the job. And, of course, you go, "Yeah sure. You'll water ski or whatever. Then, you just figure you'll figure out how to speak Chinese between now and next Wednesday. Well maybe it's not that extreme... I like to draw and stuff but the reason they used photography in it was because that was something that I did know and I had a certain stock pile of images I could play with. That helped!'

Viggo Mortensen on doing the paintings in A Perfect Murder
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
by Carnell
Carpe Noctem magazine #15, 1999

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AFI Film Fest to offer free tickets, while they last

Found By: Ellie
Our thanks to Ellie for the heads up.
© AFP Photo/Filippe Monteforte.
This 23rd year of the film fest, in an unprecedented move, the American Film Institute's Film Fest will offer free tickets in its "See a Film on Us" initiative. In a welcome move, AFI will make complimentary tickets available for all screenings during its event, October 30-November 7, happening at the famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Among the more than 65,000 attendees, patrons may purchase reserved passes and receive priority seating. Thanks to sponsor Audi, AFI will provide limited free seats to evening shows and Gala Presentations which must be acquired in advance, via the website, at the theater as of October 26, and at the screening.

The "Official Selections" program of international work from emerging filmmakers and showcases of films by film masters include: South Korean Bong Joon-ho's return to the festival to screen his thriller Mother; French director Claude Chabrol's Bellamy and Jacques Audiard's A Prophet; Italy's Marco Bellochhio's Vincere drama about Mussolini; Police, Adjective by Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu.

Red-carpet gala premieres feature opening night for the North American premiere of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the children's book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) with voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman. The closing night presentation is with A Single Man with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, based on the moving Christopher Isherwood novel.

Among the 80 films scheduled, the program highlights many independent features of the fall season, such as The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and Everybody's Fine with Robert DeNiro and Kate Beckinsale, who will attend. Also there will be tributes to Viggo Mortensen after a screening of The Road and to Christopher Plummer with the UK/Germany production, The Last Station directed by Michael Hoffman and also starring Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti.

Must-see films in the schedule include upcoming releases: Lee Daniels' Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (with newcomer sensation Gabourey Sidibe), Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, the remake of the 1992 film with Nicolas Cage in the roll of Harvey Keitel's rogue cop.

AFI DigiFest, November 4-5, showcases interactive cross-platform projects from around the world, including prototypes developed for and the Leonardo DeCaprio Foundation.

AFI FEST is a qualifying festival for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.

The schedule of screenings includes the last weekend of showings located in Santa Monica, at the same time as the annual American Film Market. The AFM is an eight-day independent film production and distribution deal-making event with more than 8,000 participants from 70 countries at screenings, networking sessions and parties.


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