A friend recently described Viggo to me as 'seductive' and they werent just talking about how he looks. In films hes been described as seductive playing everything from Satan to Freud, so what is it about Viggo that really draws everyone in? His looks certainly do, as does his extraordinary acting but there is something more. Viggos interesting take on it is that the most seductive characteristic anyone can have is honesty and there is a deep truthfulness and authenticity in everything he does which really resonates with people. I think Diane Lane hits the nail on the head in the last quote when she says that he has a quality of self-knowing that challenges everyone that he meets.
Are you are aware of being very seductive?
"Only when I get into a character. And only if I believe in it myself."
By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
9 October 2012
[In Captain Fantastic] Mortensen infuses Ben with his own seductive temperament, while giving him a steely, patriarchal edge.
The Washington Post
3 June 2016
"There are actors whose performances come as light emanating from the screen. Then there's Mortensen. His effect is gravitational. It draws you closer, inward."
Actor Geoffrey Rush after seeing the film at Tiff
Naked Viggo Mortensen: artist at work
By Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post Film Critic
He is Hollywoods most appealing man probably because he is Hollywoods least threatening man. He is paternal but not patronizing; he possesses strength without aggression. Even in his most violent scenes, the tension builds but Mortensen rarely acts on it until necessary like a judo master, he seems able to take anothers energy and flip it to his advantage. You desire him, but he doesnt set out to seduce. He is one of the few actors for whom the female gaze has been possible (the shock of seeing a naked man on the screen only exists because it is still so rare). The women in his movies are drawn to him as if theres a hidden stillness that they need to reach, like finding a pond in the middle of a forest. So much of masculinity on film feels like watching a gift you dont want being unwrapped. But Mortensens operates on another plane.
Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man
New York Times
By Thessaly La Force
15 October 2018
Viggo Mortensen, however, is that rare American actor who is both muscular and humane, tough and sensitive, fighter and lover. He seduces us with a threat of danger, his chiseled Nordic physique and stunning blue eyes.
Viggo Mortensen Talks The Road
By Anne Thompson
13 September 2004
Viggo Mortensen is an extraordinarily beautiful man. But his handsome features are merely a suggestion of the tremendous sensitivity and resonant spirit that inform his inner self. He speaks with a gentle yet engaging passion and carries himself with a sense of calm that seems to radiate outwards to anyone in proximity - whether it be the ardent fans he enjoys speaking to while walking up red carpets or the hotel waiter who brings him boiling water so he can brew his cherished maté, a syrupy tea first tasted as a young boy growing up in Argentina.
Viggo Mortensen: "It's my nature to do a lot"
10 July 2012
Hes a star who doesnt act like a star, yet everyone in his orbit feels his power.
7 July 2016
As for Viggo Mortensen, whilst one always appreciates the power from his eyes and his physical presence, here, his capacity to invest total honesty into this impressive man who tries never to lie to his child even as he feels his life-force disappearing, is prodigious.
Brazil Magazine (French)
December Issue 2009
Is Viggo Mortensen the most interesting man in the world?
Viggo Mortensen: Still here, still fantastic
The Film Experience
By Nathaniel Rogers
24 April 2016
...while hes clearly driven by a need to express himself via many outlets, he still exudes a sense of some private, fundamentally unknowable core self. It permeates his screen presence, too, and is part of what makes him so intriguing as an actor.
Viggo Mortensen: Still here, still fantastic
The Film Experience
By Nathaniel Rogers
24 April 2016
David Cronenberg said that when he first met you to talk about A History Of Violence, his goal was "to seduce Viggo". How did he go about it?
He was honest. I think the most seductive or interesting thing is when people are honest.
In Conversation With Viggo Mortensen
All great artists reveal themselves more in their work than in interviews. Every time Viggo's in front of the camera or picks up a pen or a canvas or a camera, he's opening the door to his heart. This is where he's telling you the secrets of his life . . . Viggo cannot strike a fake note. I say with absolute experience that if he doesn't believe it, he won't do it.
Philip Ridley, Director
The Reflecting Skin and The Passion of Darkly Noon
"...as an actor you can't wish to work with anyone more truthful and more honest than him. He brings an incredible pathos to the role, and I was so pleased to be doing scenes with him."
A Fantastic Leap of Faith
by Brent Simon
Entertainment Today, 2001
"I think he has a quality of self-knowing that challenges everyone that he meets - perhaps unwittingly. But the electrical charge of that challenge of 'How well do you know yourself? Cause I know myself real well.' You know, that's kind of the unspoken Viggo experience. He's also fascinated by other people. And when you combine those elements, it's very charismatic. It can definitely be interpreted as sexy."
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Watching Green Book last night, now the Blu-ray has finally been released in the UK (yay!), I found myself wondering at some point what my favourite review quote was. There is always one that lodges itself permanently in my memory for every film because I read through them so often. They are usually full of stonking great praise for Viggos acting, but they really stick in my mind because are clever, quirky and sometimes downright funny. Though Mark Kermodes makes the list just because it is probably the best thing anyone said about Viggo ever. I know you will enjoy reading them again and maybe some of them are your favourites too?
Mortensen, plump as a mortadella, doesnt so much transcend the ethnic clichés of the role as chew through them, emerging into a zone of vaudevillian poetry.
By A O Scott
New York Times
15 November 2018
He looks like the kind of guy who, yes, would worship Noam Chomsky, but he also looks like the kind of guy who would eat him for breakfast. Its the ruggedly paradoxical, gentle-but-brute presence of Viggo Mortensen, more than anything else, that makes Captain Fantastic a twisting Rubiks Cube of blue and red.
13 July 2016
Jauja is also thrillingly beautiful, and graced with Mortensen, who seizes the imagination even when hes sniffing horse manure.
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
18 March 2015
Two Faces of January
Viggo Mortensen surely wasn't just cast because he's a great actor; it's because no one can rock a 1960s cream linen suit quite like him.
19 May 2014
Todos Tenemos Un Plan
If you, for some reason, want to watch Viggo Mortensen watching Viggo Mortensen take a bath, then, my friend, your luck is in as the renowned star of The Lord of the Rings franchise turns in one of the finest performances of his career, taking on the role(s) of identical twins in Ana Piterbargs intense, if somewhat unfulfilling drama Everybody Has a Plan.
28 May 2013
On the Road
Viggo Mortensen, priceless in Old Bull Lee / William Burroughs, highly intelligent and completely smoky.
26 May 2012
A Dangerous Method
Viggo Mortensen has so much on-screen magnetism, he'll probably destroy the credit cards of anyone sitting in the first 10 rows.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
25 January 2012
When the world goes boom, I want Viggo Mortensen to be my dad.
24 November 2009
Mortensen, who steals this film by doing nothing much more than lean against doorways and bar counters.
17 Septmeber 2008
Theres a new Viggo Mortensen movie out and all is right with the world. Its called Good and, as usual, he gives a mesmerising performance.
Mortensen, with his slicked back pile of steely dark grey hair making his violin-like face look even longer, provides an unassailable core of authenticity and empathy throughout this often ludicrous film. Hes a master of minimalism what most actors need a monologue to express, Mortensen can convey in one wordless close-up, from behind sunglasses. But a long, naked fight sequence? Youve got to admire his balls. And now you can.
18 October 2007
Just seeing him stand there, his face half-obscured by a tattered black hat, his sculpted frame offset by a long cloak worn over the shoulders it's no wonder Maria looks as though she's ready for cardiac arrest every time he appears.
11 December 2008
A History of Violence
Fantastic performance from Viggo Mortensen.....he is absolutely a brilliant actor, he is the Robert de Niro of his generation, the Marlon Brando of his generation, the man is a genius.
BBC Radio Five Live
30 September 2005
It takes a thoroughbred star like Mortensen to make the bond between man and horses believable, and to keep Hidalgo from straying too far into fields of corn.
From hobbits to horses
The Globe and Mail
5 March 2004
The Lord of the Rings
This is Return of the King though, and Viggo is that king Viggo is noble, Viggo is powerful, Viggo is resplendent. He's a young Sean Connery but with a grittier style. More than anyone else, this is Aragorn's film.
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After last weeks Loin Des Hommes Quotable Ive been musing about Viggos ability to make a film in just about any language on earth, including one that isnt actually spoken by humans (elvish). Is there no end to his talents? Well, no, much to the consternation of every journalist on the planet.
Viggo Mortensen Speaking 7 Languages :
Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?
2 September 2014
Viggo Mortensen can do anything. Until recently, that wasn't true. We could all look at him and think, "Yeah sure, but can he speak French?" The answer was no, and our world had a modicum of balance. Now it turns out that answer was yes, and we are all ****ed.
25 August 2014
Viggo Mortensen is one of those people. You probably sat near one in high school, or have one on your floor at work. Good looking, effortlessly talented across a range of fields, just so perfect at everything you want to run them down with your car.
Because he probably had time between art exhibitions, dashing off a book of poetry and ridding Middle Earth of Sauron, the man has managed to become fluent in more than a half-dozen languages.
Viggo entertains in evil twin role
29 June 2013
He's like a one-man United Nations. As well as speaking about eleventy billion languages, Mortensen has made films all over the world and unites the film industries of Spain, the US and Middle-earth.
The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars
Kateb and Mortensen put in utterly convincing performances, the latter showing that he can act in about five different languages.
Loin des Hommes review
Hey U Guys
1 September 2014
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 a list that includes English, Elvish ("The Lord of the Rings"), Danish ("Jauja"), Spanish ("Alatriste") and Lakota ("Hidalgo"), for those keeping track.
Loin Des Hommes review
30 August 2014
"...he has a musical ear for languages."
Mortensen, director discuss their noirish Eastern Promises
By Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee,
12 September 2007
"I had days where I was only speaking Russian, and David was like, 'Jesus I didn't realize I was making a foreign film!'
Ties that bind
by Melora Koepke, Hour CA
13 Sept 2007
So how many tongues has he used onscreen?
"Lakota, Elvish -- two kinds of Elvish -- Dwarvish, Arabic, French, Danish, Russian," he listed. "I think I spoke Swedish one time, German, Spanish."
It's possible he may have left out one or two.
2 September 2014
"For our love scenes, he would come to me the night before and say he wanted to change all the lines to the Elvish language. He was trying to make that connection stronger, and I thought it was beautiful that they'd speak Elvish to each other because it adds a layer to their history that you wouldn't otherwise see."
By Anthony Breznican
South Coast Today
15 December 2003
The Empire Icon award this year went to the disgustingly multitalented Viggo Mortensen, who speaks more languages than God...
Jameson Empire Award Winners Announced!
30 March 2009
Viggo Mortensen isn't just a celebrity, as you're probably aware. He isn't even just a fine actor. He's also a painter, a poet and a photographer, and he makes records, too, often in collaboration with Buckethead, the masked wizard guitarist. In addition, he's also conversant in half a dozen languages yet another body blow to an interviewer's self-esteem. But I soldiered on.
Viggo Mortensen On 'The Road,'
By Kurt Loder
25 November 2009
"Now, Viggo, you speak seven languages, you write poetry in three languages, Danish, Spanish and English, you ride horses superbly and you're a great swordsman and all our womenfolk are in love with you do you understand how annoying you are?"
Radio interview with Richard Glover
24 March 2009
Viggo, I heard you're fluent in English, Danish and Spanish, conversational in French and Italian AND you can also understand some Norwegian and Swedish. That's seven languages with which I can woo your beard, and I like those odds because your beard makes me want to write sonnets.
Be Mine Beard: Viggo Mortensen Edition
19 February 2014