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Viggo Mortensen TIFF 2014: 'Eastern Promises' Star Is A Sexy Beast


Source: The Huffington Post.
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There's been a lot of good-looking men at this year's 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, but none of them can compare to the sexy beast that is Viggo Mortensen.

"The Lord of the Rings" actor proved that he's still hotter than men half his age (ahem, Douglas Booth) when he walked the TIFF 2014 red carpet on Tuesday, looking damn fine in a monochrome suit and sporting light blond hair.

The 55-year-old actor was in Toronto to promote his new film, "Loins Des Hommes" also known as "Far From Men," which features Viggo playing a teacher who helps a villager accused of murder escape into the mountains during the Algerian War.

This isn't the first time the hottie has come to TIFF. The actor, who's a notorious Habs fan, was last at the film festival in 2012 for the premiere of "Everybody Has A Plan."

Lookin' good, V!

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Images from the Toronto Premier of 'Loin des Hommes/Far From Men'


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Viggo Mortensen returns to TIFF with the enigmatic Jauja


Source: The Globe and Mail.
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In Lisandro Alonso's astounding Jauja, screening this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, a Danish general stationed in Patagonia in the late 1800s goes looking for his runaway daughter – a journey through a forbidding landscape with a very unexpected final destination. But as enigmatic as the movie's ending is, it can't compare to the strangeness of the film's production history, which began with a Spanish-language blog about soccer maintained by an Argentine poet and an Academy Award-nominated actor.

"I have a good friend in Argentina," says actor Viggo Mortensen, who spent a lot of his childhood in the South American country (he moved back to the United States at age 11). "His name is Fabian Casas, he's a great writer and we have a passion for the same soccer team, San Lorenzo de Almagro. We write a blog together about [the team] and its history, but we also bring in philosophy and poetry, and we talk a lot about old movies. One day Fabian told me about a friend of his who was a filmmaker and wanted to meet me. That was Lisandro Alonso."

For cinephiles, the 39-year-old Alonso is something of a household name; since 2001's acclaimed La Libertad, he's directed a string of spartan, hard-core art films on the margins of the Argentine industry – films that tend to focus on solitary wanderers. The same is true of Jauja; it's as if the director were creating surrogates whose lonely paths mirrored his own.

Critics and festival programmers have long branded Alonso as an auteur, but the seeming popular breakthrough of Jauja – which was a hit at Cannes and picked for next month's New York Film Festival – probably has something to do with the presence of the star of The Lord of the Rings. "If it's true [that the film has gotten more attention], then that's great," Mortensen says. "Nobody deserves it more than Lisandro."

The actor acknowledges that working with a director known for his off-the-grid methods – such as using primarily with non-professional actors – was a bit of an adjustment. "It took a little getting used to," he says. "For one scene I asked Lisandro who was doing the continuity on the set, and he asked me, 'What's that?' The way he works, he's never had to worry about things like that before."

Mortensen wasn't trying to get the director to rein in his idiosyncrasies, however. He signed on for Jauja as an actor (and his friend Casas wrote the screenplay), but he's also one of the movie's producers, and invested some of his own money in the production. "There's also [money] from Argentina in this film, and Denmark and Holland and Mexico and France," he says. "This is Lisandro's most expensive movie but of course it's not an expensive movie at all. It's technically an Argentine movie, but it's not like anybody's going to be sending it to the Oscars."

Jauja is one of two films that Mortensen has at this year's TIFF; the other is a French drama called Far from Men, in which the actor plays a schoolteacher harbouring a fugitive during the Algerian War. "It looks like I'm doing everything I can to avoid being in a big American movie," says the laughing actor, who's become a familiar presence in Toronto in recent years because of his collaborations with David Cronenberg in A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. "I'm not trying to avoid big movies. I'm just doing things I like. There are some actors who will take a big paycheque if the smaller, independent movie they're doing is struggling to find its financing. I'm stubborn about not doing that. It takes me a long time to say yes to something. But once I do, I'm there."

It seems possible that Jauja will be seen by more people around the world than Alonso's other films combined, but rather than take the credit, Mortensen says that he's the one who should be grateful. "I feel lucky to be in the first movie Lisandro has made with actors. I'm part of film history in that sense. I feel as good about that as I do about having made three movies with David Cronenberg."

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Viggo video interview on BT Breakfast Television in Toronto


Source: BTToronto.ca.
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