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It's Time for Viggo to Get That Oscar!

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Viggo Mortensen Interview / Live with Kelly and Ryan January 21st 2019

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Viggo Mortensen Wants to Play Nice

Source: FilmInk.
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Thanks to Chrissie for the find on this interview from the Australian magazine FilmInk.

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by Gill Pringle

The revered actor plays against type as a tough guy Italian accompanying a black man through the American South in the '60s in the highly acclaimed Oscars frontrunner Green Book.

"What you hope is that someone who displays ignorance will eventually find a way to recognise it, or, through circumstances as it happens in this story, will help him recognise that in himself," Viggo Mortensen told us during press duties for Green Book. "But ignorance is not the domain of the illiterate, the uneducated, the untraveled. Someone like Don Shirley [the aforementioned black man played by Mahershala Ali], who has three doctorates and speaks many languages and has travelled and lived all over the world, can also be ignorant. President of a university, the prime minister – I mean, people can be wilfully ignorant or just ignorant.

"Don Shirley certainly is ignorant to some degree about the kind of family Tony comes from and certain human qualities which that social environment gives you in parts.

"He's ignorant, until they spend time together, about the fact that Tony does actually have a sense of decency, a code of ethics, is someone that you can count on, a man's word and so forth. And, surprisingly, for example, not someone who has deep-seated homophobic sentiments based on experience. How do you get past ignorance? You get past with experience. And, in Tony's experience, he's run across performing artists and people in his line of work in nightclubs that are gay, and they seem fine. It's like whatever.

"So, he's not afraid of it. And mostly people are hostile toward – and most people set themselves apart from, or above – what they don't know anything about. They're afraid of the unknown. That's the eternal problem, and that's not something that ever goes away. Some people lament the fact that here we are so many years after the Civil Rights Act, and even though, in general, in society, the word 'n' is not used, and there are no sundown town laws on the books, for example, and it doesn't matter what colour you are, you can eat at any diner, be served at any gas station at any part of the country….

"There are still a myriad of problems that have, in their intent, racial discrimination. Voter suppression. Gerrymandering. All kinds of very subtle ways that people are still playing on racial stereotypes, or trying to marginalise certain parts of society. It's not just black people, it's Native Americans, and others. Obviously, that kind of discourse, if you can even call it that, that we've heard in recent weeks about the caravan and the characterisation of Central Americans, the dirty, unwashed, dangerous criminal… All the kind of stuff.

"It's not just casual. It's very intentional, obviously. Sometimes these things happen, but it's never going to go away. That's not something to feel defeated by, neither is death going away. It's like, 'Hey, we're all going to die'. If you choose not to ever think about it until you're getting close and you freak out, that's your decision. But I think about it, and I try to do something about it. I don't have much choice – well, I have no choice. But I tried to make the most of life and appreciate what's happening now because it's not going to last forever.

"In that same sense, hatred, ignorance basically, which causes so many problems, is always going to have to be dealt with. I think that each generation, each new generation of little children, infants, tends to play together without a thought to the colour of someone's skin, or whether they have all their limbs, or whether they can see, whether they can speak, whether they can hear, whether they speak a language different than your own; kids just play. They don't even think about it. And then somehow, from their families, from their environment, from society, they learn to differentiate, to exclude, to feel superiority or inferiority, to make a big deal of differences that they, before, didn't give any thought to. And each generation has the possibility, if they're fortunate, if they work at it, to unlearn that and learn to play nice. You know, like they did when they were little, instinctively. That's always going to be there.

"So, stories like Green Book are always going to be timely. Useful. Especially when they're well-told, and in the case of Green Book, when they're extremely entertaining, very well-structured, well-written, well-directed, while you're laughing, you're moved, you're invited to think and feel, not told to, just invited by virtue of the quality of the story and storytelling. It does so much for you."

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture

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Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton. The Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali period pic won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture for producers Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga.

The film also took a top prize at the Golden Globes this month, winning in the Musical or Comedy category. That puts it in the driver's seat for the Best Picture Academy Award next month because there aren't many better harbingers for the Oscar than the film that wins the PGA's top honor. How accurate is it? In its 29-year history, the PGA Awards have synched up with the Oscars on 20 honorees. It would be 21 if you count 2013, when 12 Years a Slave and Gravity tied for the top PGA prize, with the former going on to score the Oscar.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

Now we’re once again in Awards Season, I thought it would be great to take another look at why Viggo received so many nominations in 2016-17 when his performance took a small budget, under-the-radar film into the Oscar spotlight with Matthew Ross’s wonderful Captain Fantastic. Could Ben Cash possibly be further from Tony Lip?

Viggo Mortensen overcomes every intrusion of doubt with a performance that is informed, inspired, ideological and overwhelming. He's so sensational that he makes the film's title come true with no strings attached.

Super-Dad: ‘Captain Fantastic’ Enthralls the Senses and Engages the Mind
By Rex Reed
The Observer
5 July 2016

The clan’s father isn’t a superhero, but because he’s played by Viggo Mortensen he’s the next best thing.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
7 July 2016

Mortensen is outstanding in the film giving one of those rare performances that deserve the term breathtaking.

John H Foote
2 August 2016

...The beauty of the film lies in its refusal to paint Ben as a deluded tyrant or principled pioneer. He doesn’t have two faces — thanks to the script, as well as Mortensen’s squirrely brilliance, he has hundreds.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
Evening Standard
9 September 2016

Mortensen sets about captaining this ship so well, with such fine shadings of distant grief, self-reproach, humility when it’s necessary, defiance when it’s not, that you can’t imagine anyone else in the role, and wouldn’t want anyone else near it.

Tim Robey
The Telegraph
8 September 2016

I really can’t say enough about the work Viggo Mortensen. He’s able to give this character so much life that you’re under his spell; whether you agree or disagree with Ben’s view of the world and outlook on raising his children. We see the best and worst of him, with Mortensen showcasing that brilliantly.

Joey Magidson
7 July 2016

Viggo Mortensen gets the role he may well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own terms.... The inspired choice of casting Mortensen — a natural Papa Bear, who taps into both his physical strength and spiritual gentleness — shows through best when interacting with the kids, though the actor also shines when forced to defend his choices to others.

Peter Debruge
23 January 2016

Every now and then, a movie comes along that plays out almost entirely on a gifted actor’s face; you feel as if you could watch the whole thing in quiet close-up, and catch every nuance of the story. I think of Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” Brie Larson in “Room,” Denzel Washington in “Flight,” to name just a few — and now, Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic.”

Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times
14 July 2016

Mortensen gives the performance of his life in the film’s final act, visibly aching, filled with callously crushed desires and a deep well of sorrow.

James Robins
The Listener (NZ)
3 October 2016

At the heart of it all is the ever-brilliant Viggo Mortensen. Ben is a complex character that has every fragment of thought etched into Mortensen’s expression. He’s taken a hold of this character unlike any since Aragon. He embodies Ben perfectly, and the film can’t be imagined without him.

By Amie Cranswick
9 September 2016

Mortensen imbues Ben with such an easy, thoughtful, virile confidence that it is easy to see why his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) and children would think that hiding in the forest with him seems like the best possible option.

John Lui
Straits Times
12 July 2016

Mortensen, a spellbinding leading man who’s got as firm a grip on the audience as his character does on his brood. He sells and sells and sells, and we buy, buy, buy; every idea Ben projects onto his kids, even the zany ones, sound perfectly logical when spoken by a voice so even and wise and alluring. He’s so convincing that when he finally comes to the realization that he may actually be a much bigger threat to his children’s health and safety than capitalism, smartphones or even Kanye West and the Kardashians, our hearts break for him.

Bernard Boo
11 July 2016

With any luck, Mortensen will get an Oscar nomination for his wonderfully soulful performance. As a real-life renaissance man (Mortensen is also a painter, author, photographer, and musician) with an intellectually rebellious streak, it’s a role he was born to play…

Jonathan Kim
Huffington Post
15 July 2016

It’s the ruggedly paradoxical, gentle-but-brute presence of Viggo Mortensen, more than anything else, that makes “Captain Fantastic” a twisting Rubik’s Cube of blue and red.

Owen Gleiberman
13 July 2016

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