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Viggo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

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First Image from Tonight's SAG Awards Red Carpet


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What Does Viggo Mortensen Smell Like? An Investigation

Source: NY Magazine
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© 2017, New York Media LLC.
By Soo Youn

Maybe you wondered about the essence of Viggo Mortensen because you saw his Oscar-nominated performance in Captain Fantastic, the intimate movie by writer and director Matt Ross about a family living off the grid. Maybe you're curious about eau de Viggo because he was Aragorn in Lord of the Rings or the heavily tattooed (and occasionally nude) Russian gangster in Eastern Promises. Maybe you just like his poetry. Who's to say? We're not here to judge. In any case, we cut straight to the heart of the matter at the Variety Awards Brunch presented by Karma Automotive on Saturday.

In the harsh noon glare that seemed more Captain Fantastic than Cecconi's in West Hollywood, we asked the SAG Outstanding Cast nominees — aka the actors who played Mortensen's six onscreen children — what he smells like.

"Tea!" was the universal response. Specifically, green tea and mate, which he drinks out of a special straw and bowl. "That's what he smells like, non-stop, 24/7," said Nicholas Hamilton, who plays Rellian. "He smells like tea, yeah, green tea," Shree Crooks, who plays Zaja, agreed. Samantha Isler, who plays middle daughter Kielyr, offered, "He smells like wisdom." Crooks added, "And beef jerky. Beef jerky, tea and berries."

So that's it: Viggo Mortensen smells like tea, wisdom, beef jerky, and berries, just like you'd hope and expect. It's not just a character thing either. "That's just who he is," says Annalise Basso, who plays the oldest daughter, Vespyr.

Scent aside, what's it like working with Mortensen? "He's so aware and so kind and intelligent and definitely not the guy who you'd think he'd be. Because he's done so many great films, like Eastern Promises, and I'm a Lord of the Rings fan so I was picturing him as Aragorn. And then meeting him, he's this down-to-earth, humble guy. He would bring us presents every day. Well, not every day, but I have this dinosaur figurine that he picked up at a gas station on the way. He's just so thoughtful," Basso said. "He thought it was cool."

The intensity of playing Mortensen's preternaturally well-rounded children required some good old method acting as well as dinosaur figurines and green tea, especially for one emotionally wrenching scene near the end. "We were able to build our own shelter and purify our own water and build fire," Basso said. "I mean, we all slept in this hut together. So and that may come off weird, especially because we don't know each other, but yeah it was really special." And it probably smelled terrific.

© 2017, New York Media LLC. Images © Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

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Viggo Mortensen, ‘Captain Fantastic’ open Snowtown Film Festival

Source: Watertown Daily Times.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for the heads up on this piece from the Watertown Daily Times.

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by Craig Fox

WATERTOWN — Viggo Mortensen was glad that the Snowtown Film Festival lived up to its billing on Friday night.

"Some snowflakes were flying tonight in honor of the Snowtown Film Festival," the twice Oscar-nominated actor told 800 moviegoers before the showing of his most recent film, "Captain Fantastic," at the Dulles State Office Building.

Mr. Mortensen and his film opened this weekend's film festival that included a "Flannel Red Carpet" event and a more than an hourlong question-and-answer session with audience members getting to ask him about his inspiration of getting into the film industry, how he prepares for a role and what it takes to be a good director.

Mr. Mortensen, 1976 Watertown High School and 1980 St. Lawrence University graduate, has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role of a father who takes his family off the grid to live in the forests and mountains of Pacific Northwest.

He's devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education but is forced to leave their paradise after the death of his wife.

Before the film's showing, he met with a small group of reporters to talk about the film. While he's "extremely proud" of what he called "a small movie," Mr. Mortensen expressed delight that local folks were getting a chance to see it in his hometown.

"It's really an honor to show it in Watertown," he told the crowd.

Since its release last winter at the Sundance Film Festival, Mr. Mortensen has done hundreds of similar events around the world to promote "Captain Fantastic." The film didn't have the marketing budget that blockbuster movies get, so it relies on a word-of-mouth audience, he said.

That's why his Oscar nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for ensemble cast are important, he said. The attention should boost DVD sales and rentals so more people get to see the movie, he added.

"I'm an extremely heavy favorite not to win," he joked with reporters.

It doesn't seem to matter. He'll be jumping on a Los Angeles-bound plane for a reunion on Sunday with the six young actors when they are up for the SAG award. Win or lose, the cast will have fun, he said.

"What's going to be great is that we'll have the most enthusiasm," he said. "We'll be the loudest."

During the preparation before filming began, he and the kids — whom he called "great actors" — became close. It helped bond them for some difficult and emotional scenes and the physicality they needed for their roles, he said. With the permission of her real father, the second youngest actor referred to Mr. Mortensen as her "summer dad" during the filming, he recalled.

Growing up in the north country helped shape how he approached his character. He learned to hunt and fish, plant a garden and hang out in the outdoors and on the water. All of that experience was beneficial for the scenes showing the family hunting for food in the forests of Washington State, he said.

"I like the outdoors in the north country," he said. "I liked going out on the river. I liked going out on Lake Ontario."

To help him familiarize himself with the character, Mr. Mortensen brought with him books, pots and pans, a canoe and other belongings, some of which were originally from the north country, he said.

Mr. Mortensen credits his mother, Grace A. "Gay" Wright, for inspiring his interest as an actor. She told him stories and had a love for movies, he recalled. She passed away in her Watertown home in 2015 at the age of 86.

He still spends as much time as he can in Northern New York in what he calls "the triangle" of Clayton, Cape Vincent and Watertown, where family members live.

Last week, he was with his father, V. Peter Mortensen, in Cape Vincent on the morning when the Oscar nominations were announced.

He mentioned his fondness for the Watertown Wolves minor hockey team, saying that he drove up to Cornwall, Ontario, to see a game and was the only Wolves fan in attendance among obnoxious fans from the other team.

Watertown has "a better arena," he said.

After he's finished with promoting "Captain Fantastic," he doesn't have another acting gig lined up. Instead, he has two scripts written and will continue to look for someone to help invest in another "small film about a family, but a different family," he said.

It almost got made last year. He was working on putting together a team, but the producer pulled out of the project. The actor would like to a chance at directing it.

He also penned another script, a larger more epic film. If things work out with the first one, maybe the other one also gets made, he said.

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Viggo in Watertown

Source: Watertown Daily Times.
Found By: Chrissie

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