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Viggo speaks with 'The Picture Show'

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Thanks to Chrissie for this podcast of Viggo on Philip Molloy's The Picture Show

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Viggo and Matt talk to HeyUGuys

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An Incredible Special for September at Perceval Press!

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Wonderful news from Perceval Press that HIJOS DE LA SELVA | SONS OF THE FOREST, edited by Viggo, is on special pricing for the month of September at an eye-popping $4! What better time to purchase a copy of this striking book for your own or give as a gift.

Purchase HIJOS DE LA SELVA | SONS OF THE FOREST here at Perceval Press.

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Viggo Mortensen gets dirty to play a 'wolf dad' in Captain Fantastic

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
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Our thanks again to Chrissie for bringing us this article from the Sydney Morning Herald:
© New York Times.
by Stephanie Bunbury

Viggo Mortensen is pressing me to eat a croissant from a large basket sitting on a table in front of him. It is certainly the right hour for them – most actors would draw the line at 8.30am interviews – but whoever imagined that arthouse cinema's most visibly rugged outdoors man would start his day with effete French pastries? This is the man whose chosen set souvenir from Lord of the Rings was his horse! He looks relieved when I take one; nobody need now be embarrassed.

I never did ask what Mortensen eats for breakfast, but he's very choosy about films. Most of his time is devoted to his other work: poetry, painting and publishing he has been able to support with his earnings as Aragorn. Since he rode out of Middle Earth 13 years ago, he has made no more than one film a year; three were in Spanish and the most recent, the superbly atmospheric Algeria-set "western" Far from Men, was in French, which he had to learn for the film. "The more things you're willing to try, the more possibilities you have for storytelling," he says.

In this year's chosen film, Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic, he plays a runaway lawyer, polymath and the paterfamilias of a back-to-the-earth family living off the grid in America's Pacific Northwest forest. Ben Cash instructs his six children in mathematics, history and literature with an emphasis on Socratic debate; he also drills them in an athletic regime that calls to mind the education of Spartan warriors. Mortensen's required skill set thus included skinning animals, martial arts, rock-climbing, playing guitar and gardening, for which he went into training along with the children.

In the broadest sense, Captain Fantastic is autobiographical. Matt Ross was raised in a succession of alternative communities by his mother, including a spell spent living in a tee-***. He knew the central importance of a regular water supply and a correctly dug drop toilet to a DIY lifestyle; these were not details to be glossed over. For a couple of weeks before filming – and this is so Viggo-a-go-go – Mortensen lived in the forest for real.

"It could have been done normally and people would believe it," Mortensen says. "But those who really know about the woods might say 'oh that's not quite right, they're not dirty enough' or 'where the garden is planted, that's not a real garden', you know what I mean? It was important to me, as it was to Matt, that it was credible and complete as a world."

That world, like those of The Swiss Family Robinson or Swallows and Amazons before it, is very winning; Captain Fantastic was the only film from Sundance invited to Cannes. It was the film's complexity that intrigued Mortensen, however; if the script had been no more than special pleading for tree-changers, he wouldn't have jumped at it.

"If you are very into that alternative lifestyle and you say 'OK these are my guys; let's see how these heroes are going to make it through the whole movie', that would be much more of a ... predictable thing," he says. "But it's not. There are no heroes and no villains."

The film opens with the eldest son's initiation as an adult, according to a series of trials invented by Ben. Iron John? Some kind of cult? It only lasts for seconds before we are in Arcadia, cooking and eating and gardening in the sunshine, but there remains a niggling sense that Captain Fantastic, the father of little philosophers, is only a couple of consonants away from an oppressive ideologue, the kind of man he would profess to detest. Of course, he treats his children with respect – they are encouraged to argue a point of view – but actually a five-year-old mostly wants cuddles. They don't get many.

"You get the sense he is watching over them kind of like a wolf parent," says Mortensen. "He is not mean to them but a lot is expected. And you are not going to be getting a lot of sugar with it."

Perhaps love was their mother's gift. We soon learn that she has bi-polar disorder and has been in a psychiatric hospital for three months. Then Ben returns from a trip to the nearest town's public phone booth with news. "Mom is dead," he tells the children flatly. She has killed herself. Her parents are claiming her body and, against her express wishes, organising a church funeral and banning Ben and their children from attending.

Together they decide to head out in their ancient tour bus to hijack the funeral and, along the way, encounter the wider world of consumerism, electronic addictions and dating. They even buy a cake to celebrate their own version of Christmas: Noam Chomsky Day. There are laughs. And these people aren't fools; they laugh at themselves. At the same time, when the children's grandfather accuses Ben of child abuse, even Ben isn't sure he is entirely wrong. "There are a lot of things said and a lot of things planted and some come up and some don't," says Mortensen. "I think you could go a lot of ways with this."

None of this would work so well were it not for Mortensen's own sympathetic presence and ability to carry Ben's convictions with his particular quiet force. Ross had not met him before sending him the script but, like the rest of us, had an idea of him he liked. "What we choose to do in life defines us as much as what we choose not to do, and I loved his choices," he told Esquire magazine. "The lead actor is a statement of artistic intent, of my intent as a filmmaker. What kind of person is representing the movie? Viggo has such gravitas and integrity, both as a human being and an artist, so having him represent the film was very important."

Death becomes a catalyst for change; once out in the world, the Cash family has to find a new kind of balance. "And to do that you have to make some concessions, you have to make some compromises, no matter which side you're coming from, to find a way of living together, whether it's a relationship or a marriage or a town or an entire nation," says Mortensen. "It's not a given. We say we live in a democracy. Well, what does that mean? That means it's a work in progress. Or 'I have a marriage, a good marriage'. Well, you have right now, what about tomorrow? It's a daily kind of thing, it's not a fixed thing, democracy. Or happiness. Or life!"

So is the dream doomed? Could these children with their fairytale names, survivalist skills and freakish general knowledge succumb to the lure of Maccas and endless texting? Mortensen smiles tolerantly.

"I think they will just share what they have, and probably make some friends and invite them over and the friends will be like 'woo, you know, their bus is a f---ing chicken coop," he says. "They might go on a binge of hamburgers and milkshakes for a while. But then they'll say 'you know what? I actually do prefer venison and vegetables." As would he, probably. At his urging, I take another croissant.

© Fairfax Media. Images © New York Time.

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And the Irish interviews continue...

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Chrissie
Chrissie brings us the latest is from Movies Ireland:

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