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Viggo Interviewed on eTalk

Source: CTV-eTalk.
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© 2008 CTVglobemedia.

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Viggo and Cronenberg Back At It??

Source: E! Online.
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Thanks to Ellie for bringing us this very interesting tidbit and tease that it looks like Viggo and David Cronenberg will be working together again from E! Online.

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Viggo Talks Appaloosa

Source: Comme au Cinema .com.
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Our thanks to CoCo for bringing us this interesting interview where a very much in character Viggo talks about Appaloosa, courtesy of Comme au Cinema .com


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Watertown Reports on Appaloosa

Source: Watertown Daily Times.
Found By: Ewa
Categories: Reviews
© New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers.
Our thanks to Ewa for bringing us this very informational from the Watertown Daily Times.
The actor said he would be interested in doing another Western based on his recent experience.

"When they're done right, they're really great," he said. "I think 'Appaloosa' is done right. It's made without imitation or pretension. It's very much in the line of the best of the classics."

Mr. Mortensen said his friend Michael Blake asked him to star in "The Holy Road," a Western and sequel to "Dances With Wolves" that is expected to come out next year. Mr. Blake wrote both novels and adapted them both into screenplays.

"I was flattered that they would ask," the actor said. "But I just don't have the time."

Mr. Mortensen said Mr. Blake had wanted him to play Lt. John Dunbar in "Dances," although the actor wasn't a box office draw in 1990. The part went to Kevin Costner, who won an Academy Award for his direction.

Mr. Mortensen will spend the next six months on worldwide promotion tours for "Appaloosa" and two other movies he stars in this fall, "The Road" and "Good."

"The Road," the hotly anticipated adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name, will arrive in theaters Nov. 26. "Good," the chilling tale of a literature professor whose works are unexpectedly embraced by the Nazi regime, will arrive sometime in December.

Mr. Mortensen said his professor is, "in a way, not a likable character."
"I hope the movie shows how even a smart and nice and decent person can get sucked into something and get talked into certain things," he said.
Again, he sees echoes in that story to modern times.

Mr. Mortensen, an outspoken critic of the Bush presidency, said the American public was talked into several bad decisions in the name of patriotism.

"There's a lot of things we might want to take back if we had known," he said. "And this movie talks about how all the little choices on a daily basis all add up."

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Categories: Reviews

While not quite setting the cinema world on fire, Appaloosa has been well received as an enjoyable must-see Western with outstanding performances from Viggo and Ed Harris. In fact Viggo has quietly been gathering quite a lot of admiration for Everett Hitch. I've gathered together a little round-up of those reviews which confirm that Viggo is, as always, pitch perfect - even in a role where he had little time to prepare (and we know how he likes to prepare for a looooong time). Ed said he arrived on set 'ready' and he was, becoming the perfect embodiment of an Old-West Lawman, acting the silences as much as the dialogue and sporting authentic facial hair that's garnering reviews all of its own. Congratulations, Viggo. You've done it again, as we always knew you would!

- Iolanthe

    Viggo steals the picture. His always fresh and relaxed expressions, with dark subtexts dancing just below the surface, never cease to astound me. The bond that ties him to Mr. Harris is also what wrenches them apart; one tries to hide his lack of education, the other tries to conceal his I.Q, and both men act rugged in their denial of their covert affection.

    Rex Reed
    The New York Observer
    17 September 2008

    ...a lean, squinty-eyed Mortensen in particular showing yet again what a magnetic, underrated star he is.

    People Magazine
    19 September 2008

    ...Holding one's body still in front of a movie camera while also giving the sense of a mind in motion is a specialized art, one with few masters. Paul Newman comes to mind, notably in his later career, as does Robert Duvall, a perennial movie cowboy who will surely wish that Appaloosa had come his way. And now, it would seem, there is Mortensen, who steals this film by doing nothing much more than lean against doorways and bar counters.

    Chuck Wilson
    Village Voice
    17 Septmeber 2008

    But while the story is compelling, and the scenes lush, none of that compares to the performance given by Mortensen. He is, simply, Hitch. There is not one moment that seems like acting, or where he seems like anything other than his character. Mortensen's performance is flawless - so real that the film seems more like a look into the past, rather than a fictional slice of entertainment. You can see his power, his strength, and his intelligence as easy as you can see the all-prevalent dusty wind.

    Monika Bartyzel
    8 September 2008
    Early Films

    Mortensen in particular looks right at home in the Wild West, handling his ever-present eight-gauge with the assurance of a pool shark aiming his cue.

    Chris Knight
    National Post
    19 September 2008

    Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, two of my favorite actors today, had the on-screen chemistry that every filmmaker dreams of. Rugged, badass and tough lawman who just flat out kicked ass through the whole film. Viggo played Everett Hitch, the faithful deputy/ sidekick and even the sometimes needed vocab checker to the infamous lawman Virgil Cole, played by Ed Harris. They were brilliant. There just isn't much more I can say to communicate how well they were in Appaloosa.

    6 September 2008

    ...the film also features two stars so deep in their roles I found them almost unrecognizable: Viggo Mortensen as the sheriff's deputy and Jeremy Irons as the evil rancher. All of these actors reinvent the types they play.....Irons is most satisfactorily vile, and Mortensen is inspired as a sidekick, who, for a change, is smarter and more insightful than his boss.

    Roger Ebert
    September 4, 2008

    Are there two more stronger, silenter types in modern movies than Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen? Each of these actors are a throw back to the days when cowboy stars were manly men who mean what they say and only say what they mean and nothing else.

    Richard Crouse
    6 September 2008

    Everett sees all (Harris's best filmmaking involves depicting Everett watching others, particularly Allison), but he ends up explaining things that are best left shown. The upside of this is that it's Mortensen doing the explaining, which is almost as fine as watching Mortensen carry himself like a elegant warrior in chaps across a dusty road.

    Lorey Sebastian
    Christian Science Monitor
    19 September 2008

    Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." While Appaloosa is your everyday western, Viggo Mortensen is no ordinary actor. Mortensen's Oscar-class performance as Everett Hitch was masterful as a poetic yet fierce officer of the law. He "spoke softly," but his big stick was an 8-gauge shotgun......Playing Hitch, Mortensen is horrifically convincing as a cool customer who is not only intelligent but quick on the gun and knows when to pick his battles.

    Parimal M. Rohit
    19 September 2008

    It has the rangy Mortensen, who looks so right he seems to have stepped out of a Daguerreotype.

    Stephen Whitty
    The Star-Ledger
    18 September 2008

    Everett says very little and spends a lot of time just watching the other, more voluble characters, so Mr. Mortensen's performance resides almost entirely in his eyes, which register tiny, unmistakable nuances of surprise, suspicion and amusement.

    A O Scott
    The New York Times
    18 September 2008

    While Harris is quite good as Cole -- if you want the steely-eyed man of few words, he's your man -- Mortensen is outstanding as Hitch. For one thing, with his thick goatee and sharp features, he looks fascinating. That's important because his use of expressions and reactions are essential to understanding him.

    Bill Goodykoontz
    Gannett News Service
    September 18, 2008

    As solid as Harris is, though, he chivalrously allows the movie to belong to Mortensen. Hitch is a laconic, loyal and literate man, whose skill as a gunman belies his educated ways. He is sort of the Doc Holliday (minus the TB and gambling) to Cole's Wyatt Earp. With his chiseled, windburned, mustachioed face, Mortensen is a dead ringer for men you'd see in an actual frontier photo. Because Hitch is the archetypal man of few words, Mortensen delivers a wonderfully nuanced, subtle performance; one sad glance speaks volumes more about Hitch's devotion to Cole than any soliloquy could.

    Jim Vejvoda
    18 September 2008

    Mortensen is funnier than we tend to remember, and he successfully pulls of Everett's jealousy about Virgil and Allie's relationship without pushing it into homoeroticism or farce.

    Katey Rich
    Cinema Blend
    18 September 2008

    ...Perhaps not surprisingly, that's also when Mr. Mortensen's character enters the spotlight more fully; he's the sort of actor who can make a scene more interesting with something as simple as a shift of his weight. And in a movie with a respectable level of production detail, one gets the feeling that he chose his own exquisite facial hair: His mustache and goatee give even Daniel Plainview of "There Will Be Blood" a run for his money.

    Nicolas Rapold
    New York Sun
    19 September 2008

    As played by Mortensen, who memorably co-starred with Harris in "A History of Violence," Hitch is just as weathered a character and has notably eccentric facial hair thrown into the bargain. The two men collaborate so well, in fact, that the real love match of "Appaloosa" is between the two of them and no one else.

    Kenneth Turan,
    LA Times
    19 September 2008

    Harris and Mortensen, who co-starred in 2005's A History of Violence, do some of the tangiest acting of their respective careers, and they make a knockout team. Everett, who carries an enormous double-barreled 8-gauge shotgun, shows a quiet erudition in his conversations with Virgil.

    Peter Travers
    Rolling Stone
    18 September 2008 weathered and craggily handsome as any butte in Monument Valley.

    Richard Corliss on Mortensen, Harris and Irons
    19 September 2008

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