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What the critics are saying about Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

Source: B|W|R Public Relations.
Categories: Reviews
© Focus Features.
Here is an astounding collection of kudos for Viggo's performance in Eastern Promises.

Richly Deserved!

Nikolai is played, with flawless control, by Viggo Mortensen.


Eastern Promises instantly takes its place among David Cronenbergs very best films. Same could be said for Viggo Mortensen, whose tightly coiled star turn recalls the magnetic work of Hollywoods greats of yore.

- Todd McCarthy, VARIETY

Its Mortensens picture, progressing from his work in Cronenbergss last film, A History of Violence, to this riveting portrait of an observant man of few words.

- Todd McCarthy, VARIETY

His performance is flat-out brilliant.

- Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL

The best (and showiest) performances are by Mortensen.

- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

Mortensen uses the accent, the posture, the eerie stillness to devastating effect There is immense skill in his performance. Its a Mortensen tour de force.

- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

Viggo Mortensen, who starred in A History of Violence, appears here in a very different role, and it may be that the director has found his muse. Mortensen delivers just the ratio of machine to mortal that Cronenberg requires the Dietrich to his von Sternberg, you might say. This is a tribute to Mortensen, whose performance is so cool and unhurried as to verge on zombification.

- Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER

Mortensen digs so deeply into the role you may not recognize him at first. At a time when movie fight scenes are as routine as the dances in musicals, Nikolai engages in a fight in this film that sets the same kind of standard that The French Connection set for chases. Years from now, it will be referred to as a benchmark.


Viggo Mortensen, returns here with a brilliant performance. Mortensen gives an amazing performance, both mastering his Russian accent and rooting his deeply scarred character in reality.


Viggo Mortensen dares you to take your eyes off of him.

- Jan Stuart, NEWSDAY

Viggo Mortensen comes of age as an actor and a movie star. Mortensen has played a king of Middle-earth and, for Cronenberg, a man with two lives. This is the first time, though, his performance seemed so much bigger than the film surrounding it. That he managers the feat with so few wasted gestures puts him in line with the greats.


Viggo Mortensen reunites with Cronenberg, here, following his searing work in A History of Violence with yet another fantastic performance. The film boasts Mortensens authoritative acting and extraordinary commitment to the material.


This is Mortensens best and richest performance, worthy of serious awards consideration. He lends a moral complexity to Eastern Promises that makes it much more than just a very accomplished action thriller.

- Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST

Images © Focus Features.

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Source: Fantasy Moguls.
Found By: Chrissiejane
Categories: Eastern Promises
© Focus Features.
Our thank to Chrissiejane for surfacing the early numbers and predictions.

BRAVE ONE starts slow w/$4.8M Friday and targets a disappointing $15.1M weekend; YUMA holds strong w/$9.3M on 2nd weekend; WOODCOCK soft w/$2.6M & $7.54M O.W.; EASTERN PROMISES and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE open huge!

3 major Oscar contenders entered limited release today, and the big winners appear to be David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Focus Features) and Julie Taymor's Beatles-inspired Across the Universe (Universal), with the dark Iraq War-themed In the Valley of Elah (Warner Independent) a distant 3rd.

Eastern Promises, a thriller written by Oscar nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), opened at 15 locations and has ridden strong reviews to a Friday per-theatre average (PTA) of $10,971, or about $165,000 total. Meanwhile, the Taymor musical, with decidedly mixed reviews, has started the weekend with a blazing $9,114 PTA at 23 locations before going wide next Friday. The music of the Beatles married to wild visuals has delivered an estimated $210,000 on opening day.

As the weekend progresses, I think that the harder, violent edge of Promises will allow the more crowd-pleasing Universe to close the PTA gap, but my guess is that Cronenberg's thriller, which re-teams him with A History of Violence star Viggo Mortensen, will walk away with the 3-day PTA crown. I'm penciling in $518,000 or so for Eastern Promises, for a $34,559 PTA. Across the Universe will likely be a tick lower at approximately $33,200 per from a $765,000 total take.

Read the complete article here.

© 2007 Atomic Moguls, Inc. Images © Focus Features.

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The Return of the King

Source: Comedy Central.
Found By: Paradise
Categories: Viggo being Viggo

Our thanks to Paradise for the screencaps and posting proof that the King has indeed returned. From last night's The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken.
A light from the shadow shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."

ETA: Our thanks to sidhex3 for sleuthing out the video at Comedy Central.

View it here. It is at the very end of the show so be patient. It is very short, but you don't want to miss it!.

© comedycentral/colbertshow.

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Cronenberg & Mortensen, Making 'Eastern Promises'

Source: NPR.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Movie Promotions

Our thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this great interview with Viggo and David Cronenberg from Fresh Air.


You can listen to Viggo and David being interviewed on the program here.

© 2007 NPR. Images © Focus Features.

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Just a Minute With Viggo

Found By: Paradise
Categories: Movie Promotions

Out thanks to Paradise for surfacing another very nice Viggo interview...this one from Entertainment Weekly.

You can find the interview video here.

© 2007 Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc.

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