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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Quotable Viggo

Viggo wasn't too keen on the rock climbing in Captain Fantastic because of occasional vertigo. Good to know there is something risky which gives him pause for thought because he has a long history of breaking and bashing bits of himself in films. Just as well they had him hooked up to ropes really...

The Indian Runner

Facially, Mortensen looks like a cross between Sam Shepard and echt movie villain Lance Henriksen, a suggestion enhanced by his character's myriad jailhouse tattoos (applied in hours-long makeup sessions) and the unperiodlike leather brace on his right hand and wrist, which he wears constantly and removes only immediately before shooting. Word on the set is that Mortensen busted a knuckle and sprained his wrist during rehearsals for a fight scene, but when asked about the injury, his eyes take on a demonic glint.

'Sean Penn,' he says, 'bit me.'

Sean Penn Bites Back
By Christopher Connelly
October 1991

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface

...the production [TCM 3: Leatherface] of itself had a few hiccups; the originally cast actor for the role of Tex didn't work out, and had to be replaced (however he was replaced with Viggo Mortensen, so it's not exactly the worst thing that could happen)...

The screening [at the New Beverly Cinema, LA] was boosted by a fun Q&A with Foree, who revealed that he accidentally broke Viggo's ribs during their fight scene - the shot is seemingly in the movie (watch Viggo suddenly clutch his side after being thrown to the ground)...

Collins' Crypt: The Sad Saga Of LEATHERFACE
by Brian Collins
8 April 2014

The Lord of the Rings

In one take, Mortensen was battling an Uruk-Hai, a powerful and ferocious strain of orc, when a blade that was jutting from an extra's armour slashed into his face. "I thought, Oh my God, he's lost his face," recalls Perez, who then saw that the blade had somehow missed Mortensen's flesh but split his tooth - literally in half. "I said, 'You lost half a tooth.' And he looked at me and said, 'Look for it. You can stick it on with superglue.' And I said, 'No, come on, don't be silly, you can't.'" Mortensen finally relented and went to a dentist's office, still in full battle armour.

Filming the Battle of Helms Deep
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
January 2003

"He had no knuckles," laughs make-up man Perez. "He'd been virtually slaughtered by everyone because he would not let anyone do his rehearsals. All his knuckles were completely bruised and cut and God knows what else. Every time that he had a scene, I said, 'Okay, now where did they hit you?'"

Jose Perez
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

"On the fifth take, Viggo kicked the helmet, screamed, clenched his fists and dropped to his knees. I thought he was just doing some powerful acting. But then I noticed after I said 'cut' that he wasn't saying anything. Finally, he did the next scene limping."

Once they had finished filming, Jackson made the actor take off his boot.

"His toes were broken. Normally, an actor would yell 'ow!' if they hurt themselves, and stop the scene. Viggo turned a broken toe into a performance that's a great moment in the film."

Two Towers 'bloodier, more compelling'
New Zealand Herald
7 December 2002

"Most people that were in fights at all for an extended period, including all the stunt people, got hurt one way or another, some certainly worse than I did. The fact that a stuntman broke his leg really badly or cut his head open is not mentioned, but if I break my toe or I cut my hand open or break a tooth off, then there's where you hear something."

Viggo Mortensen
King Of The Ring
By Melissa J Perenson
Sci Fi magazine
February 2004

"We were on the Greenstone, the river that flows into Lake Wakatipu, and I was being filmed floating down the river. I went off course. I got caught in a current, and I got stuck at the bottom. I had the sword and the cloak and all the wool and the boots. That was one time I was really scared. I was just about on the verge of passing out. I guess I must've kicked against a rock because I kicked out of the current and popped up."

Viggo Mortensen Interview
Tim Wilson
December 2003

Did you get the shot?

I wasn't sure. I asked and said, "Be honest." I said I would be willing to do it again. But they didn't want to.

Viggo Mortensen Interview
By Tim Wilson
December 2003

"The shoot took several months and the more tired we got, the more risks we took. You slip, you fall, you get cuts and bruises. That's the price you pay when you want it to look real."

Don't Look For Analogies In 'Rings', Says Mortensen
By Chris Betros
Japan Today
10 February 2003

A History of Violence and Eastern Promises

Noah Cowan:
Did you get hit, Viggo?

Viggo Mortensen:

David Cronenberg:
I would do that even when we weren't shooting.

Viggo Mortensen: It happens in all the movies we do, he hits me with the camera. Even when I'm having a cup of coffee…

Viggo and Cronenberg talking about the dangers of filming the fight scenes
Listening in: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortenson introduce AHOV at Tiff
14 January 2014

Viggo Mortensen: We went through a lot of actors.

David Cronenberg:
This is not the original Viggo.

Listening in: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortenson introduce AHOV at Tiff
14 January 2014

"I knew it would be relatively painful, and it was.

There's no pads. But the two guys playing my attackers were good - one guy was a Georgian who had been in the Russian military, and the other guy was a Turkish professional boxer. They were perfect, and perfectly painful."

Viggo Mortensen on the Eastern Promises Bathhouse scene
Ties that bind
by Melora Koepke, Hour CA
13 Sept 2007

"Viggo is so dedicated ... he would never admit it to me then, but the makeup guy later told me he was spending more time covering up Viggo's bruises than putting on his tattoos."

David Cronenberg
A Violent Tour De Force
By Robert W Butler
Kansas City Star
15 September 2007

Two Faces of January

You chipped your tooth filming Lord Of The Rings and superglued it back on. What's the most serious injury you've ever sustained on a film set?

I broke my foot on that movie too. I broke a finger on this one though. You know the free-for-all in the square in the little town? It happened then. That was annoying for the rest of the shoot because it happened to be my ring finger and as my character happens to be married they had to cut the ring and just hold it in place. I broke the knuckle and they couldn't get the ring past it otherwise, unfortunately.

Viggo Mortensen talks The Two Faces Of January, singing with Fassbender and throwing a nappy at Al Pacino
by Tom Ward
16 May 2014

And finally

....he has broken both legs twice; playing soccer, skiing and in an accident at a Danish smelting plant where he once worked.

The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine
April 2004

…I would say probably 95% of the work that you see as Viggo onscreen is completely computer generated, because he has a wooden leg and he can't run.

IGN Interviews Dominic Monaghan
December 2003

© Images © New Line Productions Inc.

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Captain Fantastic at Deauville

Found By: Chrissie
French poster
French poster.
© Mars Films.

Thanks to Chrissie for the update on Deauville.

Confirmation that Captain Fantastic will be screening In Competition at the Deauville Film Festival next month.

The schedule is yet to be announced.

Images © Mars Films.

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All Server Issues Should Now be Fixed!

We needed to point Viggo-Works to our new cloud server and there were some hiccups in propagating V-W through the internet. We are fixed now and alive and kickin'!!

Gotta LOVE that Viggo!

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

So, is Viggo 'only loosely tied to modern life at the best of times...' as suggested by Empire Magazine? He started shooting photographs digitally about 8 years ago, but has also been mending his old film cameras and falling in love with them again. He edits publications on his laptop but still sends postcards and letters. He reads books by the dozen but sees the value of the internet and uses it to keep up-to-date with international current affairs. It enables him to watch his beloved San Lorenzo on his laptop while globetrotting (much to the consternation of airport staff) but he likes the silence of being away from it all, beyond the reach of the internet and mobile signals. Maybe he has found the perfect balance of engaging deeply with real life while keeping technology in its place as a useful servant?

Viggo Mortensen, who seems only loosely tied to modern life at the best of times...

Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine

The film's director, Matt Ross, dissuaded everyone from using their mobiles. Did you appreciate that?

Very much. It's such a given in society now. It used to be that [on set] people would read a book or talk to each other. There's less talking now. People are in their own bubble. I was joking the other day, but I said they should have a lane for people [texting] on the sidewalk. Let them bump into each other!

The Interview: Viggo Mortensen plays Ben in Captain Fantastic
James Mottram
Herald Sun
13 August 2017

I doubt that I will ever watch a movie on a mobile phone.

A Minute with Viggo
7 October 2015

In our relentlessly tech-driven age, the actor, now 57, feels strongly about the importance of the written word.

"Oh yeah,'' he says. "The written word and even the handwritten word. I still send postcards. I hope that it never becomes entirely impossible to put a letter in a mailbox and have it arrive magically on the other side of the world.'' And for all its benefits, he says technology — the harmful effects of which are alluded to in the film — may be shrinking our attention spans: "Sometimes, yeah. I think people are less patient and their attention span [is shorter]. It also goes with movie going culture. It's less frequent that people will sit for two hours or three hours and watch a movie that unfolds slowly and in a complex way. Same with novels and poems. People are maybe less patient.''

Viggo Mortensen goes off the grid for film Captain Fantastic
Rosemary Neill
The Austrailian
19 August 2016

Viggo Mortensen, Oscar-nominated star of the new film "Captain Fantastic," said he hasn't played [Pokemon Go] but his son has explained it to him and he doesn't judge it.

"When I do have a little bit of free time, there are other things that I personally would like to do (rather) than that. But I can understand it's a fad," he said. "It probably won't last forever but people are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, chasing these illusions.

"But they're also having fun. There's no point in being judgmental about it. I don't have a criticism, I just think it's amusing."

25 July 2016

He collects cameras, and still uses his two 1903 Kodaks, but says he has gradually started shooting most of his photography digitally. He has been a late convert to the wired world, only relatively recently starting to carry a mobile phone. 'It's antiquated, just a flip phone. I don't have a BlackBerry or whatever you call it. And there is something to be said for being isolated and out of phone range, because you can fall into a habit to such a degree that you don't even realise that you've lost something: silence.'

Viggo Mortensen's grand plan
Telegraph Men's Style Magazine
By Sheryl Garratt
26 March 2013

"I've repaired a couple of my analog cameras, my film cameras . . . I have been shooting digital, which is great, this past decade. But there's something about loading film, and shooting it, your exposure and your framing and then that surprise when you go to develop it. Oh, I didn't expect that!"

Viggo Mortensen, 'Captain Fantastic's' radical dad
Steven Rea
27 July 2016

"It was a crew of about ten people walking over the rocks. We were all tired but we had a lot of fun. By nightfall, since we were 150 km from the internet and telephones, we made a little fire, an asado [grilled meat], we talked... It was a family experience."

Viggo Mortensen talking about filming Jauja
The Lord of the Roles
By Pamela Biénzobas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
August 2014

How are you at finding your way around the internet?

I do understand why there are people who sit in front of a computer and stay there eight hours non-stop (chuckles). It´s dangerous. I think you also have to do some physical exercise. I get into what interests me culturally: history, politics, things. To compare, to have a better idea of what has happened in some country or in some artistic area. You can spend hours. It´s wonderful the things you can find.

1 with Viggo Mortensen
By - transcribed/translated by Ollie
24 September 2012

Because of all his travels, a laptop has become essential for Mortensen, who says he didn't know how to use one until he founded Perceval. Now he has one to edit books and work with images and text. "It's an incredible tool, because of what I can do. But like all of these things — like social media — if you don't control it, it will control you."

Viggo Mortensen shows off his wild side as an off-the-grid family man
By Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News
7 July 2016

"These days with the technology we've got, you know, on the laptop. I don't miss a single game and I try to follow everything that's happening closely."

Viggo Mortensen
'Return to Boedo' Chat on Radio Splendid
transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Radio Splendid
8 March 2012

I´m neither in Buenos Aires nor in a place where I could see the match well. I put up with seeing blurred and constantly interrupted images on my laptop, with an infernal audio of generally dull comments, in the middle of a forest where it never stopped raining. The goal by Boca filled me with anguish. But, little by little, I calmed down. I believe in our team. We are doing fine. Hold on Ciclón!

The Cuervo Personality of Horacio Quiroga
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
29 August 2011

'A warm hello to everybody who is reading and writing. This is a different world from ten years ago because of technology, but it's necessary to be careful because any communication can be used in a negative form. There are people who use the technological advances in communication to promote negative ideas, harmful efforts towards people, to sow doubt, separation among nations, racism, intolerance. So just because of the new technology and this communication we have to be careful, work honestly. Even if someone is in a good relationship with some people, family, society, we shouldn't lose our guard too much. You have to be honest with yourself, and communicate honestly. I don't want to be a drag. Thank you very much for the conversations tonight and have a good day.'

Web Chat with Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Margarita
18 November 2005

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Carla Orrego Veliz.

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Review by Helen O'Hara at Empire Magazine

Source: Empire Magazine.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for the find. Another good one.

© Bleecker Street.
Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife abandoned modern life to raise their six children deep in the woods, teaching them high-minded ideals, intellectual theories and wilderness living. But when she dies, the family venture into the wider world to attend her funeral.

Cinema often takes a hard line on those who reject society for a simpler existence. Most often, they're portrayed as weirdos, possibly murderers, who eke out a living deep in the woods surrounded by firearms, and probably inbreeding. Then there are the action heroes who retreat to a rustic cabin in search of peace, only to be called back for one last job. But it's rare to see a film sympathetic to the sort of hippie idealist who tries to forge a new Eden, despite everything — and this thoughtful indie film examines how such a man might cope when his great project is threatened.

Viggo Mortensen, who seems only loosely tied to modern life at the best of times, plays the high-minded dreamer who takes his family into the woods and raises his kids in their own personal idyll. They hunt game, race up mountains for exercise and gather around the campfire to read each evening: George Eliot for the little ones, quantum physics for the teens. Their life looks dreamy, shot with sunbeams slanting through the trees of an apparently virgin forest. The children — led by George McKay as eldest son Bo — are strong, healthy and extraordinarily knowledgeable about all manner of esoteric subjects, but they have no real understanding of the outside world. While Ben inspires and drives his family, he is yet to realise that he is also limiting their experience.

When Ben takes his brood across country to their mother's funeral, despite the warnings of his father-in-law Jack (Frank Langella), who blames him for his daughter's death, to stay away, it's an eye-opening journey of discovery for the kids. For Ben, however, it's a huge risk. He fears for the purity of mind he has sought to instil in them amid the world's temptations, and for his own continued custody of them when Jack attacks their unconventional way of life.

It's a fairly simple plot but Matt Ross' debut film is so dense with metaphor that you can read it on any of a number of levels. It's an engaging road movie about an eccentric clan discovering the wider world, with some beautifully played fish-out-of-water commentary — not always at the expense of the mountain family. It's also a sharp portrayal of modern life and its hypocrisies and limitations; the outsider perspective of these sheltered kids venturing down the mountain in contrast with their video-game obsessed cousins. There's arguably a discussion of American values too, contrasting Ben's frontier ideals with the consumerist gleam beyond his woods. And this is a thoughtful examination of the fragility of any idyll under pressure from the imperfect world outside.

But all of it is anchored and, like the family itself, dominated by Mortensen's Ben, who's both the hero and the villain. Caring but dictatorial, idealistic but often blind, he's a fascinating figure and, in bringing him to life, Mortensen gives his best performance yet.

A fiercely original, pleasantly unpredictable character piece. This is a gang of outsiders with something valuable to say about the world we live in.

Rating: ****

© Empire. Images © Bleecker Street.

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