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Indian Runner Release

Source: KL Studio Classic.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Indian Runner

Thanks to Chrissie for the find. Not very different from what's gone before - but a great Viggo movie nonetheless - Kino Lorber's cover for its forthcoming blu-ray release.

© KL Studio Classic. Images © Kino Lorber.

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Good Morning Viggodom! Happy Father's Day!

Images © Bleecker Street.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

In my last Quotable I looked at why Directors have picked Viggo for various parts. This week I'm turning it around the other way with insights as to why Viggo has chosen to take certain roles. And it's not always for the reasons you might expect…

Loin des Hommes

...the producer happened to have seen me on YouTube speaking French to introduce Guy Lafleur at the centennial for the Montreal Canadiens. And the producer said, "Look, I'm producing an adaptation of an Albert Camus story, could you do a whole movie in French?" And I said, "Well, I can try, but why don't you send me the story and see if I like it?" And I loved it. I wasn't looking to do something in French or Arabic.

Viggo Mortensen
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
By Eric Benson
19 March 2015

Todos Tenemos Un Plan

"I gave her my address, she sent [the script to me, it surprised me. I liked the script very much. It was a strange story, but strange in a very positive way, because it's very original. It's a very original thriller. What I liked immediately and what I continue to like a lot are the contradictions, the dualities that it contains, not only between the two twin brothers that I play, but also the landscapes, the city and the river, and all the characters have certain contradictions."

Viggo Mortensen
Todos Tenemos Un Plan Press Conference
By - transcribed and translated by Rio, Zoe and Ollie
La Metro Television
9 August 2011

On The Road

"When I read the book, the last person I'd have seen myself playing would have been the Burroughs character. I was a little surprised. But it was just when I was finishing A Dangerous Method, and I thought, 'Don't forget, you were surprised at David's idea of you playing Freud too.'"

Viggo Mortensen
Mortensen slipped into Freud role
By Jim Slotek
Toronto Sun
6 January 2012

A Dangerous Method

'I accepted the challenge because I trusted David. The last thing he wants to do is miscast his movies, when it's someone like me who's his friend. He thought I could do it and didn't let go of the idea, so I thought there must be something to it.'

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen: 'A Dangerous Method' Taught Me How to Talk in a Movie
By Michael Hogan
23 November 2011

"The scrip of A Dangerous Method written by Christopher Hampton ( from his play) enchanted me from the first reading. During the filming, like Michael (Fassbender) and Keira (Knightley, involved with Jung and studying with Freud), I was completely trapped by the emotional and complicated human relationships in the film. Bodies and thoughts, words and life choices are interwoven, although the latter are "contaminated" by the social conventions."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen: Interpreting the soul of Freud
By Giovanna Grassi
Sette Magazine – translated by Ollie
September 2011

The Road

Is it true that you almost turned down The Road?

Yes, I was very tired, and I did not want to accept the role unless I felt I was capable of giving it my best. But then I changed my mind because the story was really good and the topic is one everybody can relate to. Besides, my being exhausted fit the role perfectly. It is about a man who, in some sense, is dying of exhaustion, so the result was very interesting.

Viggo Mortensen Under The Spotlight
Selecciones Magazine
March 2009
Translated for V-W by Graciela


"I was starting out in acting 25 years ago, and was in London on what was only my second audition," he recalls. "I didn't get the part, but while I was there I saw a play Good with Alan Howard, and it made a strong impression. When the opportunity to play the role on film came along, I thought it an interesting way to make a circle out of the experience some quarter century later."

Viggo Mortensen
Emmanuel Levy
24 November 2008


"I liked the plot as a tale, as a story. And it captivated me. So I decided to do it, against everyone and against everything."

Viggo Mortensen
The filming of Alatriste, by Jesús Martin
Acción Magazine July, 2006
Translated by Paddy for V-W

A History of Violence

"I thought it was interesting, but most directors would make an exploitation movie out of it and it might have been interesting to look at, but not very thought-provoking. Obviously, he makes thought-provoking movies, so I wondered why he wanted to do this one. I asked him immediately. He gave -- and continues to give -- interesting answers."

Viggo Mortensen
American brutality
Globe and Mail Cannes Review
by Liam Lacey
May 17 2005

The Lord of the Rings

"I guess in the end I did it because I would feel that I had been chicken shit really. I had to leave the next day, so I'm on the plane reading, looking at this gigantic book and thinking, 'What the hell have I done?"

Viggo Mortensen
The Man Who Would Be King
by Nick Dent
Black & White magazine


"....when I met Gus [Van Sant] for the first time to discuss the part, my first question was:"why do you want to remake that movie; it was a perfectly good movie the first time round?" So I wasn't inclined to do it, but he simply said that it might be fun."

Viggo Mortensen
November 2007

The Prophecy

His participation in this movie was agreed at a moment's notice. It went all so quickly that he read the script while flying out to Arizona, where the scenes in which Mortensen appears were shot. "I accepted, in part because I had always wanted to work with Christopher Walken," the actor says while sitting on the sofa's edge. His face lights up when saying Walken's name. It's evident that Christopher Walken is a cult actor for many young actors nowadays. "I would do any movie with him, no matter what [it was]."

On "The Prophecy'
Viggo Mortensen: A Very Devilish Devil In The Prophecy
by Ferran Viladevall
La Opinión 1995

American Yakuza

One of my favourite movies of yours is American Yakuza. What drew you to that part and can you share any stories on making it?

I was quite broke and needed a job.

Empire On-line Web Chat
31 January 2012

The Indian Runner

[Penn] sent me the script and I was instantly hooked. At the start, I preferred the character which was finally played by David Morse. Mine was just described as "the baddy'. But I said to myself that, behind the slightly too obvious behaviour of Frank Roberts, there had to be a really complex reason. The filming was extremely interesting ... The more so because Sean was very involved.'

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

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3

'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)

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Gregory Widen.

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Peter Farrelly on Learning to Love TV, Plus His Big Move Into Feature Drama — With Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen

Source: Indiewire.
Found By: Lindi
Categories: Movies

Our thanks to Lindi for the find.


On TV, "Loudermilk" stars Ron Livingston; in film, Ali and Mortensen will star opposite each other in "Green Book."

Image Rex/Shutterstock.
© Indiewire.
There's something about Peter Farrelly. The filmmaker, mostly known for feature comedies, is trying out a few new things this year.

Those shifts including separate moves into both television – where Farrelly and his brother Bob have rarely played – and dramatic film. At AT&T's Audience Network, Farrelly is behind the upcoming comedy "Loudermilk," starring Ron Livingston as a cranky recovering alcoholic.

But Farrelly's move into TV doesn't mean he's turning his back on the big screen. "I'm actually doing a film in the fall with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali," Farrelly told an audience at the ATX Television Festival, where "Loudermilk" was screening. "Green Book," with Oscar winner Ali and Mortensen  in the lead roles, is currently being prepped.

"It's based on a thing that used to be called the 'Negro Motorist's Green Book,' published from 1936 to 1966," he said. "It was a book for African Americans on the road – where they could stay, where they could eat, where they could get gas.

"It's a true story in 1962, where this Black concert pianist named Don Shirley had a tour of the south and he was afraid, as he should have been. So he went down to the Copacabana and hired the toughest bouncer, played by Viggo Mortensen, to drive him. It's these two guys on the road for three months touring the South and all the shit they run into. I'm really looking forward to it." ...

© Indiewire. Images © Rex/Shutterstock.

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Your June Reminders!

Categories: Calendar: Viggo
Not much going on this month so rest up during the summer and prepare for those two new movies that we hope are on Viggo's horizon.

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© Images © Patrick Hoelck.

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