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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

This week I thought I'd take a look back at Loin des Hommes, a film I've frustratingly still not seen as a Region 2 DVD with English subtitles has never been released. A hauntingly beautiful and thoughtful film in which Viggo plays to all his strengths and which showcases his amazing facility with languages.

Looking for a non-french actor I thought of Viggo Mortensen, I was connected with him through the Spanish role, I've seen him in a Spanish film called Captain Alatriste and I knew he could speak perfect Spanish. I didn't know he could speak any language on earth, but I always had his face in my mind for this character, it actually helped me to write the script.'

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: David Oelhoffen
By Lia Fietza
25 April 2015

''s difficult for things to go wrong when you work with Viggo Mortensen.'

David Oelhoffen
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen and David Oelhoffen on 'Loin Des Hommes'
By Roslyn Sulcas
New York Times
26 August 2014

Mortensen acts in French, Arabic and a bit of Spanish as well. Is there nothing he cannot do?

Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
31 July 2015

'It was one of the easiest decisions I ever had as far as accepting a part. I felt fortunate that it had been offered to me.'

Viggo Mortensen
More Than a Movie: 'Far from Men' Tells Important Human Story
By David Onda
24 April 2015

'Sometimes I asked people I met on the street or in the cafes about things that could help me to finish building the character in the film we are soon going to shoot in the Atlas mountains. Specific things about phrases or historical references in our script - trying out my very limited Arabic vocabulary, mixed with the French that I'm refining for the shoot - but in general just seeking out human contact, to go along touching, even if it was only ephemeral brushing against, the history of the many cultures that have passed through this city. The character that I'm going to play grew up here and I want to imagine his childhood and adolescence as best I can. I've always liked research like this, letting places, the weather, people and my own physical condition inform the adventure.'

Viggo on preparing to film while in Algiers
For It To Rain
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
19 October 2013

Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen

Peter Debruge
30 August 2014

'He's lived with the ugly side of people and has decided to distance himself from everything - violence, corruption, conflict, the evil side of things. He wants to do good, teaching Arab children to read. I understand that impulse, but no one can flee forever because life is finally going to seek us out.'

Viggo Mortensen: "Camus has the ability to plunge into the grey areas"
By José Manuel Cuéllar - translated by Ollie and Zoe - Hoy Cinema
2 October 2015

'We always thought with Viggo Mortensen that Daru's character was very close to Camus himself, a Camus who would have stayed in Algeria, with no Nobel prize and literary success, a Camus who would have become a teacher.'

Interview: 'Far From Men' Director David Oelhoffen
by Steve Newall
13 October 2015

Mortensen has a heroic presence but he is also unafraid of conveying an almost feline grace. There are moments in this film when he reminded me of the young Gary Cooper, and of Steve McQueen, two other actors who convincingly integrated sensuality and masculinity. These are qualities he shares with Kateb, and when they are together on screen their interaction is absolutely riveting.

Christos Tsiolkas
The Saturday Paper
31 July 2015

"It's a story that shows that people can overcome prejudices they didn't even know they had. Both men have to make an effort to understand something that they thought they knew and in the end they are more alike than different."

Viggo Mortensen
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen and David Oelhoffen on 'Loin Des Hommes'
By Roslyn Sulcas
New York Times
26 August 2014

"The title applies to Daru at the beginning, to the way he lives, keeping away from people as a way to protect himself... but the story catches up with all of us,
At the end of the film the title no longer applies to Daru, because he comes back to where people are, but rather to Mohammed, who goes into the unknown into the wilderness."

Viggo Mortensen
TIFF Q&A – transcribed by Topaz
14 September 2014

In "Far From Men," Viggo Mortensen, his sharply planed face weathered and solemn, plays a man who looks as if he were quarried right out of the hard red-rock earth.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
30 April 2015

Far from Men often suggests a less defiant cover of The Defiant Ones, yet it's a must-see for Mortensen's characteristically wonderful performance. One of the most subtly physically tactile of great actors, he masterfully dramatizes the war between the said and the unsaid.

Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
22 April 2015

Nobody moseys like Viggo Mortensen. In The Road, Appaloosa, Jauja, and the new French Western Far From Men, the erstwhile Aragorn masters the tricky art of being a figure in the landscape. When it comes to traipsing either purposefully or desperately across the widescreen frame, he's several lengths ahead of the competition...

Adam Nayman
AV Club
30 April 2015

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © One World Films.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

This week we've been enjoying a daily treat showcasing all the different kinds of men Viggo has played in various films. He's been a 'good' man, a 'mercenary' man, a 'two-faced' man and a 'mystery' man. So what kind of man is Viggo when he's not being somebody else?


"…a man of mystery, for sure - that's rule No. 1."

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

"…a man of many passions."

Charlize Theron
Beautiful Dreamer
By Holly Millea
Elle (U.S.)
October 2009

"…a man of his word."

Ed Harris
By Joe Leydon
Cowboys and Indians magazine
October 2008

"…a man who's at once utterly carefree and mercurial yet also deeply resolute."

The Other Side of Viggo Mortensen
By Paul Young
Variety Life
October 2003

"…a man possessed of both great creative integrity and strong, lucid political conviction."

David Newsom, Author of "Skip'
Mark Thwaite, March 10 2006

"…a man of depth, charm and, above all, generous."

Top Men - Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Graciela
September 2006

"…a man's man [who] believes intellectually the words coming out of his mouth."

Matt Ross
Why Viggo Mortensen Deserves to Win the Oscar for Best Actor
16 February 2017

"…a man who quotes British philosophers and Adam Sandler in the same breath".

History Teacher
By Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly
19 August 2005

"…a man who walks round the forbidden forests of the human nature with impunity, stirring up the bowels of everyday life with his curious eyes and his restless hands."

Viggo's Other Look
Diario de León
by María Dolores García - translated by Paddy
26 June 2005

"…a man from another time…"

Chris Bumbray
Jo Blo
26 January 2016

"…a man who would not be king."

Viggo on locusts, life and kissing Liv Tyler
By Molly Woulfe
Northwest Indiana Times
3 August 2004

"..a man of the hills, the woods, the angry sea."

Viggo Mortnensen
For It To Rain
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
19 October 2013

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © ACN.

Commemorating the Hollywood Blacklist

Source: Chicago Tribune.
Found By: Chrissie

Our thanks to Chrissie for the find. Some interesting Viggo news lurking in a Chicago Tribune article about Andrea Marcovicci.


Singer Andrea Marcovicci reflects on crossroads in her life

That bittersweet evocation of a bleak period in American life, when artists and others were persecuted for suspicion of being Communists in the 1950s, will be recalled during "Un-American: A Reenactment of the HUAC Hearings — A 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Hollywood Blacklist" at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills on Oct. 27. The cast will feature Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen, Mike Farrell and, among others, Marcovicci.

© Chicago Tribune.


Categories: Viggo-Works

2017 Viggo-Works Webserver Fundraiser

Our THANKS to all of you who have contributed . We are delighted to announce that the winner of the copy of SKOVBO, signed by Viggo is Deborah P. from the USA. Our heartiest congratulations to her and our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us this year to keep our webserver running.

This was fun and we look forward to another year with you here at Viggo-Works ! Thanks again for your generosity !

Our BIG thanks to Viggo for his generosity as well!!

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

We've been looking at some fantastic suits this week so of course my Quotable is about… T-shirts. You can say a lot with a T-shirt and, as we know, Viggo is a man who always has a lot to say. Sometimes it's a political statement, sometimes it's supporting his beloved San Lorenzo or the Habs, sometimes it's just a bit of fun with a crew. But one way or another his T-shirts regularly make the press.

"Want to see my luggage?" Mortensen asked, emerging from his hand-washing and following my gaze to the "sculpture." "Let's see what's in here," he added, removing underwear, several T-shirts - one with fishing records on it, another emblazoned with "Bring Our Troops Home" - and a United Nations flag from the bag. "I travel light."

Renaissance man jousts with career-changing role
By Chris Hewitt,
Twin Cities
28 September 2005

At a recent press conference, Mortensen appeared in a T-shirt reading "No More Blood For Oil," while Urban's jacket sported a peace symbol. When asked about their fashion statement Mortensen softly but adamantly made his views clear.

Viggo Mortensen
The Fellowship vs. The Empire
By Giovanni Fazio
The Japan Times, 2003

"One of the reasons why I support Dennis Kucinich is this…," said the actor.

Mortensen then pulled open his button-down shift to reveal a black t-shirt with the word "Impeach" emblazoned across the front.

Viggo supporting Dennis Kucinich
New Hampshire Presidential Primaries
January 2008

"I saw Viggo Mortensen on the "Charlie Rose Show" wearing a T-shirt — "Impeach, Remove, Jail" — that made me think, "Oh, Viggo Mortensen — he's a serious political thinker." (Laughs.) It just takes three words to make you a serious political thinker. ..."

Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn tells us about Obama, Viggo and his love of eggs
ByJoe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
28 February 2009

Viggo Mortensen is lying on the floor when the photographer and journalist enter the Palæfløjen in Roskilde. The place the King of Denmark used as a residence from 1536 when he was away from home. So maybe the King has returned? Or maybe it is a deeply focused artist who obstinately stays on the floor when the press interrupts him.

He wears a T-shirt, jeans and socks. The latter with big holes. On the chest of the red T-shirt it says "Hungary". It is a gift from the crew he worked with in Hungary when he made the movie Good.

From Movies To Photos
By Jette Hansen - translated by Rosen
Morgenavisen, Jyllands-Posten
19 October 2008

"These characters, the father and his son, in spite of seeming to be very cold, in fact, beneath the rags they wear, happen to have San Lorenzo t-shirts," says the actor, and laughs.

Viggo talking about The Road
In The Name Of The Father
By Natalia Trzenko - translated by Ollie and Zooey
La Nacion
22 June 2010

'I met Maradona once on Susana Giménez' program.... The idea was that his arrival would be a surprise at the end of the broadcast, but someone got excited and told me a few hours before going to the station. I took with me in my pocket a CASLA t-shirt with "10" and gave it to him during the program. I told him that there was a gap in our lineup because of injuries (maybe it was Walter Montillo that was hurt, I don't remember now) and that the following day, since we were playing against River, maybe he would like to join us. The idol took it very well and Susana, who's a Cuervo, laughed too.'

Viggo Mortensen
In This Heat
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
18 December 2013

'I have enough shirts to field a whole San Lorenzo team…'

Viggo Mortensen Q&A
By Richard Deitsch
Sports Illustrated magazine
5 August 2004
Sports Illustrated magazine

We heard a rumor that Aragorn is also a big Habs supporter – did you really wear a Canadians T-shirt under your armor while filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I did – I wore it quite a bit, actually. I'll always look to see if the shirt peeks out on screen but I've never been able to see it.

The Last Word : Viggo Mortensen
Canadiens Magazine
8 December 2009

…in Asturias, Madrid, Salamanca, El Álamo or Tarifa he was seen signing autographs and wearing a black T-shirt in which you could read the name of León in big letters. Not even Fitur (important tourist industry exhibition) has done so much for this land... his presence over here has been a great help for the name of León to appear at every website in the five continents, thanks to pictures such as this one. Not even the UPL (regionalist party of León) ever dreamt of a better ambassador!

With León In His Heart
By Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno, Diario de León, 18 April 2005
translated by Paddy

Throughout the shoot, each time Mortensen went to visit his mother, he'd purchase T shirts sporting various types of fish logos, swimming in turbulent streams. On each visit, he purchased more until soon, nearly the entire crew was garbed in fish T shirts. Fish Fridays became an event.

A History of Violence
Cannes Film Festival 2005 Press Kit

'I had a running joke with the crew of the movie "cause I'm a Canadians fan, ' he says with a hint of glee. 'I was raised in northern New York on the St Lawrence across the river from Kingston and I always liked Montreal. I made the mistake one day, I wasn't thinking, and I walked in wearing a Montreal T-shirt. The crew saw me and said "Holy sh-t, whatya doing!' And then I realized, God, all these guys are wearing f-ckin' Maple Leaf caps every f-ckin' day.

'So every Thursday I didn't just wear a Montreal T-shirt, I wore a red Montreal hockey jersey.'

Viggo Mortensen
Interview: Viggo Mortensen, By Ingrid Randoja
Famous, September 2005

In a lot of the snapshots that people have taken of the famous actor, he appears with some unusual t-shirts. As a good photographer and painter, and used to communicating through images, these t-shirts become his most direct message, carried to where it can be recognised and interpreted.

One of León called Viggo
By Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno - translated by Paddy
Diario de León
29 April 2005

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © C-Span/Frazer Hamilton/ Musica y Sonido/Unknown.

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