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“Poetry is an art that will never disappear.”

Source: El Punt Avui
Many thanks to Ollie and Zoe for translating the article/interview from El Punt Avui following Viggo's poetry reading in Premià de Dalt.
Image El Punt Avui.
© LL.A. Elisabeth Magre.
A multifaceted artist

Practically everybody knows the facet of Viggo Mortensen as an actor, mainly because of his role as Aragorn in the acclaimed trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings. Mortensen has also worked in films like David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, or Eastern Promises by the same director. The actor has also ventured into other disciplines like poetry, music, photography or painting. Among other things, in 2002 he founded the publishing house Perceval Press which specializes in art.

Viggo Mortensen, the American actor of Danish descent known worldwide for his role as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings movies, performed on Saturday in Premià de Dalt under the Escenarts festival. Mortensen, accompanied by pianist Rafel Plana, gave a recital where he went over his poems published under the title Canciones de Invierno.

What brought you to perform in a town like Premiá de Dalt?

We have the honor of being here (Rafel and I) because the town council of Premiá de Dalt invited us. It's a very nice theatre and quite an intimate space. What we're trying to offer in the performance is a conversation with the audience and it's nice to do it in a space like this.

Do you feel comfortable performing in small places?

No, every time I say that I'll do it, I think that it's a terrible mistake. [Laughter] But seriously, I think that it's a good moment to start a three-way conversation and share feelings with the audience.

You're involved in many artistic disciplines. Do you think that poetry is undervalued?

Poetry is an art that will never disappear; it will always exist. They don't pay a poet what they pay Lionel Messi, obviously, but it's never been like that. There are very few exceptions in the history of literature in that sense. There are novelists that are lucky enough to be paid a lot, and not always for work that's very interesting, of course...But poets, as well as writers in general, don't earn much money. Poetry is another way of communicating. What I like is the fact that theatre is different from cinema because you do it live and what happens has to happen, errors included, and there is an immediate connection with the audience. In film or television, you can always resort to editing or do another take. With poetry, it's something more personal.

What inspires you at the moment you write your poems?

The things that most interest me are the everyday things. The normal incidents, the day to day...Everything lies beneath those thoughts. For me, the little things of life are very interesting.

Does it worry you that people only come to see you because of your popularity as an actor?

I don't think about that. [Laughter] I was already doing poetry readings in the 80's, long before I was known as an actor. After The Lord of the Rings, more people came to see me, of course! And if I did a photography exhibition, it would fill with people, when before the trilogy, only six people came.

In which artistic role do you feel most at home?

To me they are all linked. They are a single thing: sharing what one sees, feels and remembers. For example, in my performance I read recent poems or some that I wrote years ago. Every time I read them, they come out in a different way. But I always remember where and how the poem in question came to be.

What has it meant to you to have played the character of Aragorn in the acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Playing Aragorn on the big screen has given me more opportunities. It has allowed me to work with directors who wanted to launch productions with complicated financing, but it's also useful for other things. For instance, they come to see you at the Romea theatre or Premià de Dalt for a poetry reading. If people know you because you've made a movie or because you are a musician, they come to see you. That's just how it is.

© El Punt Avui. Images © LL.A. Elisabeth Magre.

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Viggo interviews David Cronenberg

Source: El Pais.
Found By: ollie
Many thanks to Ollie for providing scans of the article in the 17th April edition of El Pais Semanal where Viggo turns journalist and interviews David Cronenberg:

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© El Pais.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

Having spent the best part of last week in a theatre dressing room I was thinking how much that space becomes a home from home, even if it's only for a short time. Everything has its place, good luck cards go up on the wall, it becomes a social space as well as a work space and it's where you start putting on your makeup and costume and transforming yourself into somebody entirely different. In film, the dressing room is also your temporary mobile home on set, often for long periods of time. As you would expect with Viggo, his trailer is never just an ordinary trailer... and the Lotr bus even became a legend in its own right.

Instead of the standard luxury lodging demanded by most stars on set, Viggo and co-star Orlando Bloom shared a converted bus while filming Rings. Viggo stocked the bus with a wine cellar and wallpapered the inside with candid behind-the-scenes photos. A source on the set said the bus was the site of frequent cast parties, with the motto, "Everyone is welcome, but when it's time to go, get out!"

Could Viggo Mortensen Be The Perfect Man?
By Nathan Cooper & Mike Glynn
23 December 2003

According to Mortensen, "It was a crazy small bus"... The C-bago became a frat house, where much drinking and partying ensued...."It was a very free-spirited bus," Bloom reflects. "It came about because me and Viggo kept being moved around, and we ended up on this bus one day. And the actors were fed up and we said, "This is it. This is our home and we are not moving. If they come, tell them to go away."

The Fellowship Lives On with The Return of the Kings
By Josh Herman
Campus Circle

"We actually drove it out onto the streets for Viggo's farewell. Viggo didn't know we were going to do it, and when it started moving, you should have seen his face."

Bernard Hill
The Fellowship Lives On with The Return of the Kings
By Josh Herman
Campus Circle

'All that time I was in Morocco it was neat. We'd be out there in the desert. Everyone else would drive the hour, hour and a half back to town where the hotel was, and I'd stay out in the trailer on the set, alone. The dust would settle and it was quiet. It would get dark and I would wash up, make myself some food or whatever and put on these tapes and a bunch CDs that I got from people and different places like Prairie Edge. I'd play these tapes and songs, ceremonial songs, and I'd have the door open in the trailer and I'd be out in the desert, in the middle of the Sahara. I'd be like singing Lakota songs out there - it was cool! I knew I had to come back here.'

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

'Viggo Mortensen was an absolute joy to work with. He slept on the roof of his trailer with his saddle and bedroll. We had to constantly keep him late and call for him early and he never complained.'

Joe Johnston
Joe Johnston Sketchbook
Oct 2014

Nobody knows when Viggo is going to arrive, that's the thing [laughs]. It was like, "Viggo will be here one of these days." They started filming with Keira and I first. He arrives, there's nobody at the airport to meet him because nobody knows when he's going to be there [laughs]. He gets a rental car and turns up on the set. And slowly his trailer starts to get all this character. It was the World Cup at the time, so he's a massive football fan, so all these flags started going in his trailer. He had a picture of the Queen of Denmark up. I was watching him from my trailer, "What's he doing today?" [Laughs] He's a very interesting guy.

Michael Fassbender on meeting Viggo
Michael Fassbender Explores A Dangerous Method with Movie Fanatic
by Joel D Amos
25 November 2011

...Yanes talks about how Viggo is always looking forward to receiving news and things from León and being told anecdotes from there, and he points out that from the moment they started the shooting in Cádiz, Viggo has had the flag of León next to the San Lorenzo one, both hanging from the trailer window, and the music of that land sounds for many hours from Alatriste's caravan.

Reunion with Alatriste in Uclés
Diario de León, by Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno - translated by Paddy
26 June 2005

...a thunderous music could be heard from the inside: pure flamenco.

By María Casanova - translated by Paddy
July 2005

'You just have to see his caravan, where he has an enormous collage of photos of Leon... of mastiffs, customs, processions, festivities and other things related to that region.'

Diario de Leon
29 June 2005
Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno

During the film shoot, Mortensen had with him artefacts that he had brought back from Russia - including worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters. He decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons and created an atmosphere that was conducive to maintaining his character.

Eastern Promises Production Notes
Focus Features
20 August 2007

I put the script here, although I already know the text. I always have the script backstage. I have this owl with the bracelet in San Lorenzo colors; I touch the two eyes of the owl every night before I go on. I have a photo of San Lorenzo's first championship team in 1923, Father Lorenzo Massa, the Silesian who founded San Lorenzo, I have chocolate. I'm always eating...

Viggo Mortensen
Inside The Dressing Room - Purgatorio
By - transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Mundo
15 December 2011

"And when we were shooting in Hungary, he said, 'I don't want my trailer to be bigger than the other actors'. He's a very special guy and that shows in the work. When you're on set, you feel like you're equals collaborating. That's often not the case with big stars."

Jason Issacs
Good premier, Toronto
7 September 2008

One day, after wrap, he invited me to have a glass of wine in the makeup trailer. I was surprised to find in the space of a wide trailer hundreds of photographs stuck next to the mirrors. They were funny images of Kodi, of him, and many people. The entire film crew, practically. Some were cut up to compose amusing puzzles. I also appeared there as one of them. In one of the closets, there were bottles of wine from different places. And packets of chocolate, their brands completely unknown to me. There were also pennants and emblems from San Lorenzo de Almagro, the soccer team for which Viggo is a fanatic supporter. That room breathed the taste of your own home. The home we always long for.

Diary of The Road's Shooting
By Javier Aguirresarobe - translated by Ollie, Remolina, Rio, Sage and Zooey Esquire (Spain)
January 2010

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Captain Fantastic Screening at Cannes

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Found By: Kath
Many thanks to Kath for bringing this news from The Hollywood Reporter. The film is featured among many in the Un Certain Regard category.

Read about it HERE.

Images © Bleecker Street.

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Deleted Scenes

Found By: CoCo
Categories: Loin des Hommes

Our thanks to CoCo for the find. Loin des Hommes DVD FR deleted scenes.

© One World Films.

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