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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

With the announcement that Jodie Whittaker is the next Doctor Who, I started thinking again about Good, where Jodie played opposite Viggo in a deeply thought-provoking film that took a very long time and a great deal of sacrifice to get off the ground. Playing against type, Viggo brought a huge amount of integrity and sincerity to Halder, a weak and indecisive man who wants to be good, who tries to be good, but who becomes increasingly ensnared by one of history's most evil regimes.

"There's a new Viggo Mortensen movie out and all is right with the world. It's called Good and, as usual, he gives a mesmerising performance."

Jeffrey Lyons
Reel Talk
December 2008

"I was starting out in acting 25 years ago, and was in London on what was only my second audition. 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 like the title. It's intelligent. It lets the audience think for itself a bit. If you wanted to be really obvious, it would be Good?, or "Good" in quotation marks. The movie doesn't steer you that much. It shows you some lives, parts of some lives, and I think it leaves a certain amount open to debate, I like that there's something to talk about afterwards."

Viggo Mortensen - For The Good Of The People
By Elliot V Kotek
Moving Pictures
Winter 2008-2009

Why Viggo Mortensen?

Viggo Mortensen is an extraordinary actor. I had seen him in A History Of Violence, directed by David Cronenberg, in which he plays a man haunted by ghosts from his past. In Good he is a mirror image of it, his character is becoming the ghost he will be. He has the perfect biotype to play a German. He has a sweet kind of masculinity, almost fragile and these characteristics are very important to convince the audience about his choices, even though these choices will take him to an abyss.

Vicente Amorim (Director)
Rede CBN radio interview
3 June 2006
Translated by Claudia

"The thing about whoever played Halder is he had to have a sense of integrity and goodness. That's something I've always thought of (Mortensen) and something I'd been told by people who knew him — that he was a really lovely guy."

Jason Isaacs
Feb 2009

'I brought [from Germany and Poland] a lot of books, editions that would have been from that time. Poets from the 18th and 19th centuries, and Scandinavian writers. And my glasses; I found some frames that were made back then. My pocket watch. Little things. I like collaborating with the props and set designers, to feel like I'm involved in the character's life.'

Q&A with Viggo Mortensen
Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 2008

"My goal was not to think about history, and what we know about this period, but to think about this situation and each moment. Why does John Halder do the things that he does? He's not one thing or the other. He's not good or bad. He's somewhere in between, we all are."

Viggo Mortensen
Play It As It Lays
By Philip Berk
April 2009

"He's maddening at times. He goes from being very passive and stumbling, and thinking it doesn't seem a big deal, until finally he's got the uniform on and denial kicks in. It's an accumulation of all of these compromises. He can't run away from it any more and then he crumbles. And at the root of it he has been seduced by flattery."

Viggo Mortensen
Sympathy for the devil
By Chrissy Iley
The Observer
19 April 2009

'…maybe there's an element of them having seen me in another movie and going, 'Oh, he's going to do something at some point'. And, it's not. He just keeps going down, down, down. '

Viggo Mortensen talking about reactions to 'Good'

Capone has a GOOD chat with Viggo Mortensen about politics, THE ROAD, APPALOOSA, and THE HOBBIT!!!
Ain't it Cool News
3 December 2008

"I wanted to go to Auschwitz, which I did, and I was looking around. I'd found a map that showed all the places where the camps were. I went to every single one. I drove like a maniac, day after day, and sometimes it was difficult to find them. People don't want to talk about it so much, and in most cases, there's just a plaque. The thing that was valuable was just standing there. It was spring, there were flowers, and the sky was blue. You sit on the grass and yes, you're moved by all these things and the ghosts that you can feel. I was thinking about the guards, the prisoners, the kids... but there were things that I didn't expect. It's hard to explain, but it just keeps opening and opening, and you can never stop learning."

Viggo Mortensen
Play It As It Lays
By Philip Berk
April 2009

In the electrifying Good, my favourite film of the festival, Viggo Mortensen, who has proved he can play anything, surprised the hell out of audiences, who emerged stunned.

Rex Reed
Toronto Film Festival Review
New York Observer
September 2008

Viggo Mortensen is extraordinary! He gives a restrained, soulful, haunting performance that makes the movie.

Scott Feinberg Los Angeles Times (The Envelope)
October 2008

'If there's anything that this movie maybe says it's "Pay attention. Pay attention."'

Viggo Mortensen
Capone has a GOOD chat with Viggo Mortensen about politics, THE ROAD, APPALOOSA, and THE HOBBIT!!!
Ain't it Cool News
3 December 2008

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Larry Horricks/Good Films.

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Viggo Mortensen | From 8 To 58 Years Old

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Media Movies
Many thanks to Chrissie for this nice choice of pictures in this compilation clip:

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

This week I thought I'd string together some publicity, promotion and poster quotes – something Viggo takes extremely seriously despite the exhausting round of interviews, Q&As and flashlight bulbs. Remember the Magical Mystery Tour? The 'Big Fat Head' poster (we've had a lot of those this week…)? When the filming's stopped Viggo's work on the film just carries on… and on…

Viggo Mortensen, a one-man publicity machine for "Captain Fantastic," walked his handsome self into the crowd, the focal point for many a woman's — and man's — glad eyes.

Viggo at the pre-Golden Globes Bafta Tea
By Cara Buckley
NY Times
8 January 2017

A few nights ago, the team behind the Argentine-Danish film 'Jauja' reached Copenhagen on their Danish tour visiting local cinemas. In Grand Theater in Copenhagen, the film's Danish actors Ghita Nørby and Viilbjørk Malling stood in front of the audience introducing the remarkable, poetic film that takes place in both Argentina and Denmark.

Quite deliberately, a man - around 180 centimeters tall, slightly gray-haired and angular, with a cleft chin and high cheekbones - stood unobtrusively at the side of the hall. It was Viggo Mortensen aka the team's driver during the whole tour through Denmark, which he later in an email interview called "The Jauja Magical Mystery Tour"…. Because his father is Danish, and because he has lived in Denmark as a young man and speaks fluent Danish, it is as if Viggo Mortensen is one of our own and is expected to give a little more of himself than other world stars do.

Mortensen – The Intellectual Hick
Polotiken - Translated by Our Danish Translator
5 June 2015

Trying to catch his breath in a luxury suite in a Century City hotel, Mortensen swivels slowly in his chair, stopping short when he is confronted by a large poster for his new movie. The poster, in which his face is prominent, was mounted on an easel by someone at the studio, and the actor is taken aback by the star treatment he is suddenly being accorded on movie posters.

Big fat-head poster notwithstanding, this is a pretty good movie,' he says with a sheepish grin of embarrassment, turning back around quickly so that he doesn't have to look at the poster for one more agonizing second.

Clearly, Mortensen is not your typical ego-driven Hollywood actor.

On promoting 'Hidalgo'
A Reluctant Star
By Barry Koltnow, Orange County Register
7 March 2004

Cronenberg on the airbrushing of Viggo's scar out of the posters:

"It became a classic Viggo issue. He was really upset,' Cronenberg recalls, remembering how the posters were promptly changed to reflect reality. "He's not afraid of what he is.'

Eats Roadkill, Speaks Danish, by Amy Wallace
Esquire magazine
March 2006

'I don't care about being famous. I don't care about having my face on posters. It doesn't massage my ego. It's nice to have a poster, but in the end it's about the movie. Nobody walks around saying "The movie stunk, but the poster was awesome'.'

Viggo Mortensen while promoting Hidalgo
A Reluctant Star
By Barry Koltnow, Orange County Register
7 March 2004

Barefoot, carrying a coffee plunger of water and sporting a United Nations badge on his jacket, Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen wandered into his own press conference as though he were planning to sit on the back lawn.

A Barefoot Viggo Lords It Over The Fans
By James Gardiner
New Zealand Herald
29 November 2003

The first thing you need to know about Viggo Mortensen is that he doesn't like talking about himself. The second thing you need to know about Viggo Mortensen is that he hasn't stopped talking about himself for the past six months.

On promoting 'Hidalgo'and 'ROTK'
A Reluctant Star
By Barry Koltnow
Orange County Register
7 March 2004

Despite his exhaustion, Mortensen's tongue did not call a truce. The actor refused to stop talking about his movie. "It's unique. It brings together aspects of mythology, history, fairy tales...It's a very special combination of Scandinavian and South American storytelling. It's as Argentine as it is Danish," he concluded as he fought off the charms of Morpheus as well as he could.

During Viggo's marathon promotion of Jauja
Viggo Mortensen firma en valenciano
Translated by Ollie and Zoe
7 February 2015

You'll notice Mortensen has segued nicely back to the theme of the film he's promoting. He's clever like that. If you were a film director, he's exactly the kind of actor you'd want talking up your movie: on-message, but not in a bland, PR-trained sort of way. He's passionate, informed and willing to answer a question like 'Is it weird to know that so many people have seen you naked?' without the slightest murmur of complaint.

Viggo Mortensen: Straight Shooter
By Ellen E Jones
Little White Lies #22
April 2009

There´s very little that I don´t like about being an actor, an artist. I think I´m very lucky to be able to make a living from this profession, and it´s a privilege. I travel, I meet a great variety of people and landscapes, I continue learning from other points of view. Sometimes the amount of time it takes to promote the finished films, with a lot of interviews, photo sessions, can be a bit annoying, but I understand it and accept it as part of my job.'

Viggo Mortensen demonstrates to this newspaper that the great never lose their humility
By - translated by Ollie and Zoe
9 June 2013

After the movie, Viggo came back up on the stage and answered a few questions. When put on the spot to add on a final word he thought for a second then dug into his bag and brought out his personal copy of THE ROAD. There were what looked like a hundred stick-it notes marking different pages and the spine was cracked and worn. It's obviously seen a lot of use.

To close the event he read a bit from McCarthy's description of the sea-area landscape. That was pretty cool…

Viggo promoting 'The Road'
Quint at the Telluride Viggo Mortensen tribute
Ain't it Cool News
8 September 2008

Viggo promoting A History of Violence

Viggo Mortensen has a trick. He performs it to amuse himself during back-to-back interviews, when he needs something, other than cigarettes, to keep himself alert.

The trick is this: He is wearing a Canadian Hockey League pendant - one of those pewter souvenirs you buy at any arena gift shop. He starts the interview with the pendant facing forward on his chest. Then, at some point, he flips the pendant over. On the other side is a Montreal Canadians sticker.

"First I try to guess if the interviewer is a hockey fan and secondly if they're a [Toronto Maple] Leafs fan. Then I wait to see how long it takes them to notice," he says. "This one guy stopped the interview and just starts going, 'No, no, no!' "

Profile: Viggo Mortensen
By Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
23 September 2005

In February, a rare event happened: Disney Touchstone Picture's new film 'Hidalgo,' had a press stop in Rapid City, South Dakota.....
.....When we inquired how Touchstone Pictures ended up bringing Hidalgo to Rapid City, we were told by Disney publicist Chad Olson that it was 'Because Viggo Mortensen wanted to bring it here.'

An Interview with Viggo
by Lise Balk King and Frank J King
Native Voice
January 2004

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Touchstone / Buena Vista Pictures.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

Well – it has to be Blouse Man Week doesn't it? How can we not focus on a film which has tie-and-dye, Moon Landings and a lesson in how to make removing a tag from a lady's blouse hotter than the Sahara. Oh, and add to that the fact that it's a beautifully acted and well written film which perfectly conjurers up the heady days of Woodstock. The film also generated some of my favourite quotes :D.

The rest of the leads also seemed to just click into place during the auditions. Getting Viggo Mortensen was Goldwyn's only "moment of panic," the director says, because he wanted a free spirit type, but definitely not a hippie, and he had his heart set on the actor from "A Perfect Murder," Gus Van Sant's "Psycho." "When I saw some of Viggo's work, I thought, that's always who I've had in my head. I realized there is not one other actor anywhere who could play Viggo's part other than Viggo. He has this kind of complexity and mysteriousness to him. He doesn't have to say much and you get a lot."

Tony Goldwyn, Director
Actor Goldwyn side-stepped cliches for summer of '69 directorial debut
By Robin Blackwelder
February 24, 1999

"I knew I wanted him for that role in such a way that I was saying, Please take some of my money and give it to him….Because he gives immeasurable depth to what he does, full commitment, full conviction."

Diane Lane
Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004

Mortensen is also perfectly cast, skillfully side-stepping all stereotypes even though he plays a sensitive, seductive beatnik.

Rob Blackwelder

'I was 10 that summer, so I don't remember thinking that period in time seemed really weird,' Mortensen said. 'At that age, you're a kid on the periphery so you just accept what's in front of you. I ended up basing my character a lot on my stepbrother, Jeff, who passed away some years ago. I know that some people are describing Walker as a hippie, but he really wasn't. He was a little older than that generation and probably more influenced by jazz and the beat generation, so that made him maybe a little more open to things. It wasn't just about Woodstock for him.'

Viggo Mortensen on A Walk on the Moon
Viggo Artist & Actor
by Jae-Ha Kim
Cleveland Plain Dealer 1999

'Viggo's already cornered the market on animal magnetism.'

Liev Schreiber
The Knoxville News Sentinel
6 April 1999

'I had to have some definition in my body if I was going to take my shirt off in the same movie that Viggo runs around naked in. Trust me, that's mighty intimidating.'

Liev Schreiber
Calgary Sun
April 1999

As the guy Pearl falls for, Viggo Mortensen drips with sex appeal. He'd attract almost any woman.

Robin Dougherty
25 February 1999
Miami New Times

Watching the film, Mortensen roots for neither the husband nor the lover but for how Pearl deals with her dilemma. Neither does he believe audiences should belittle Pearl and Walker's relationship. "I think it was very important to him and it meant a lot that he couldn't be with her, but he was respectful of what she needed. I don't think it was just another [affair]. He's not selfish or stupid. There's a mutual respect on both ends."

Talking With.....Viggo Mortensen
By Pamela
Pamela's Film and Entertainment
1999 man other than Viggo Mortensen could carry the moniker 'Blouse Man' and retain the sort of paint-peeling smoldering sexuality that he wields throughout this film (to say nothing of his nuanced, stunning performance, which I guess I'm saying next to nothing about. But don't we all assume such a performance from Viggo?).

Liz W Garcia
13 July 2015

The Blouse Man… played with silky eroticism by Viggo Mortensen…

Janet Maslin
New York Times
March 26, 1999

Walker is no mindless hippie going with the flow. He cares about Pearl. Certainly, he cares about pleasing her sexually. She gets her own flight to the moon at the same time as Neil Armstrong. And what Walker does to her under a waterfall should be bottled.

A Steamy 'Walk on The Moon'
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
2 April 1999

'If Viggo and I convince people we're enjoying every second of that encounter we've really done our job as actors. It was freezing in that river. The water was filled with debris and cigarette butts and the rocks were covered in little worms.'

Diane Lane on the Waterfall scene
Calgary Sun
10 April 1999

....Following its world premiere at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, A Walk on the Moon received a standing ovation from the 1300 viewers in the Eccles Theater - an occurrence that's a testimony to the film's emotional strength and truth. It's easy to make a bad movie about a woman finding herself by cheating on her husband, but difficult to fashion one that hits most of the right notes.

A Walk on the Moon
James Berardinelli

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Miramax Films / Village Roadshow.

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Banyoles Reading Review Translation

Translation by Ollie

Mega thanks to ollie for providing this translation of Viggo's poetry reading review in Banyoles ...

"OK, here´s my translation of the Banyoles short article. With thanks to Chrissie who helped me polish it ... Despite her mistake at the beginning, which all of you will spot, the closing sentence of this article shows that the [author] woman really got what this man and his voice can do to an audience."

Binoculars to listen to poetry

© Festival Aphonica.
By Alba Carmona

His own poems, works from other people and the accompaniment of a piano were the only weapons that the actor needed to thrust the blade and leave the concert hall in Banyoles with a standing ovation.

The North-American, son of Aragorn from Lord of the Rings [sic] and heir to other memorable characters, like the Russian mobster from Eastern Promises, opened on Friday the Aphonica Festival with Ramas para un nido, a performance on a naked stage, sold out days ago, in which the poetry recited is reflected by the melodies of Rafel Plana´s piano.

Dressed in black from head to toe, Mortensen changed the uniform of a legendary character to get in the skin of the rhapsodists. Barefooted - he parked the sneakers on stage as soon as he came in- and with a disorganised bundle of papers in his hands, he opened the reading singing Bob Dylan´s Masters of War.

"Thank you for coming on this rainy night...We almost didn´t make it! We have suffered a little oil explosion when we were in Maçanet, on our way here, and we have messed the car good and proper, doing everything you don´t have to do.That´s why our hands look so black...luckily so are our clothes," he joked before getting into his poetic repertoire, where he reflects on everyday life, violence and the mechanics of writing. He was only interrupted by the ringing of a cell phone of someone sitting in the first rows, who got a half serious, half ironic reproach from the actor.

Alternating Spanish, English and Catalan, he went jumping from his own poetry to that of others, with works from the Argentine poet Fabián Casas or María Mercè Marçal, from whom he borrowed El meu amor sense casa (My Love Without a Home), a poem, he says, that reminds him of the refugees drama despite being written in another context. The same happens to him, he said, with Tonada del viejo amor, a popular Argentine song he used to bring the evening to a close.

Acclaimed by an audience full of followers, especially female followers -so much that some of them came prepared with binoculars to see him as close as possible- he came back on stage with Plana for an encore. Then, he gathered the bundle of papers, the shoes, and left in another round of applause. The feeling lingered that had he gone on stage to read the manual of a washing machine, it wouldn´t have changed the warm reaction of the audience.

© Diari de Girona.

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