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Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man

Source: New York Times.
Found By: Colette

Thanks to Colette for bringing us this nice piece and photo from the New York Times.


The accomplished actor has made his career by defining himself as everything a movie star isn’t.

Image Jackie Nickerson.
© New York Times.
By Thessaly La Force
Oct. 15, 2018

IN THE INFORMAL taxonomy of Hollywood's leading men, there are several obvious types. There is Brad Pitt: too lean and too chiseled to ignore, rangy and funny but emotionally aloof. He doesn't understand you, but then again, as with all beautiful people, you don't need him to. There is the spiritual descendant of Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, that boyish, Peter Pan type who still happens, however incongruously, to be in possession of an old soul. There's Matthew McConaughey and Keanu Reeves — dreaming, or maybe just out to lunch. There are the jerks: Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire. The preppies: Jude Law, Christian Bale. The guys who can make you laugh, even when you're annoyed at them: Will Smith, George Clooney. There's the men you'd want to carry you from a burning building, flames licking at their heels: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis. The meat and potatoes: solid and reliable, like Matt Damon and Russell Crowe.

And then there's Viggo Mortensen. A man who can — at his very best — assume a certain density on the screen, who is somehow able to project a sense of vast interiority with just the flicker of his eyes or the nod of his chin. His face is strangely feline in its geometry, heart shaped, the sharp lines of his cheekbones framing his blue eyes. Even when he is covered in dirt or sweat or blood (or sometimes all three), he's still in possession of a dignity that few other actors can rival. He has played everything from a traveling shirt salesman (1999's "A Walk on the Moon") to a forest-bathing libertarian (2016's "Captain Fantastic") to Sigmund Freud (2011's "A Dangerous Method") to a reckless con man (2014's "The Two Faces of January") to a Navy SEAL (1997's "G.I. Jane"). He is perfectly comfortable being naked ("Captain Fantastic," 2007's "Eastern Promises"), his characters perform oral sex as if breathing air (1998's "A Perfect Murder," "A Walk on the Moon," 2005's "A History of Violence") — and yet he can easily kill his foes with his bare hands ("The Two Faces of January," "A History of Violence"), with a sword while riding a horse (2001-3's "The Lord of the Rings"), point blank with a gun ("A History of Violence," 2009's "The Road," 2008's "Appaloosa") and God knows how else.

Traditional male movie stars are now, despite both their abundance and popularity, something of an anachronism. For better or worse, Hollywood has defined toxic masculinity more aptly than most other industries. Women today expect men on-screen not to be the stuff dreams are made of: We want vulnerability and communication and responsibility and all the uncertainty in between. I watched "The Bachelor" for the first time while writing this piece and realized with dismay how America's obsession with love had long ago departed narrative film for reality television. It's just not practical to make out with a man who has a gun tucked in his tuxedo or to quit your job (that comes with health care) for Jerry Maguire. Movies may be an escape from the drudgery of our lives, sure, but sweeping a woman off her proverbial feet isn't that straightforward anymore.

© New York Times. Images © Jackie Nickerson.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

This week we have a musical quotable. Not only because I’ve been singing all week so music has been very much on my mind, but also because I keep thinking how nice it is that Green Book features some lovely piano playing and the fact that Viggo has a new music CD hopefully coming out sometime soon, Godzilla Sleeps Alone. So what rocks Viggo’s musical boat?

Viggo Mortensen talks so eloquently about the joys of getting lost that 10 minutes into the interview I'm lost as well. The actor likes cutting loose and roaming free: partly for research but also for his own enjoyment. Maybe he'll browse around some out-of-the-way bookshop, or drop in at some museum, or visit some old-time record shop and listen to the music from times gone by. Try as I might I can't drag him back on track.

"What music does your dad listen to?" he asks.

My dad? My dad likes jazz, I tell him. Old jazz, trad jazz; 30s and 40s stuff.

"Chet Baker?" says Mortensen.

Er, that's probably too late for him, I say, with a nervous eye on the clock. Now, about your new film ....

"Coltrane?" says Mortensen.

The Happy Trails Of Viggo Mortensen
By Xan Brooks
The Guardian
17 April 2009

Didn't you live in South America for about nine years as a kid?

Yeah, I was 11 when we moved back to the States. I couldn't believe the swear words, the slang, the music - all the kids were into Blue Oyster Cult and Grand Funk Railroad. I was a closet Carpenters fan. I'd sing 'Top of the World' to myself on the way to school, but when I got close to campus I'd shut up.

The Hot New 39-Year-Old
By Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine, 1998

"I still keep a collection of old tango songs and I listen to them all the time. I also listen to some other Argentine singers of the moment."

Viggo Mortensen Goes Back To His Roots For 'Everybody Has A Plan'
19 April 2013

"...I like to sing tangos every now and then, in private... I don't want to bother other people; I bother them enough with my movies."

Viggo talking about his Argentinian Childhood on Radio Cooperativa, Chile
By - transcribed/translated by Graciela
Radio Cooperativa
27 March 2007

"I love this Argentine song from the 1930s called Envidia by Ada Falcon. It's very special."

Viggo Mortensen Goes Back To His Roots For 'Everybody Has A Plan'
19 April 2013

‘ is when we all would get together [during Captain Fantastic]. That was at least once a day we'd get together, all of us. We really were jamming and laughing and talking. We'd have something to eat. Okay, let's go! And then we'd start playing. The feeling there was, There's no such thing as making a mistake. We're just playing together. We got better and better and more comfortable with each other...I thought the music was important as an initial bonding thing.’

Viggo Mortensen
'Captain Fantastic': Matt Ross, Viggo Mortensen and the perils of off-the-grid fatherhood
by Michelle Lanz
The Frame
7 July 2016

And in music, what are your essentials?

I don't know if I have essentials; the selection depends on the moment. This morning I've been listening to Ray Barretto, The Ramones, Andrés Calamaro and Janis Joplin.

Viggo Mortensen: "If I'm lost, it's because that's how I want it."
By Juan Luis Álvarez - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
La Vanguardia
9 September 2012

What kind of music do you enjoy while you are reading?

It depends what I'm reading, where, and when--and what music is on hand. No music is good sometimes, too. At moment I am listening to selected opera arias sung by Mark Reisen, the great bass voice of Russia, recorded in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Before that I was listening to Buckethead's Colma.

ForeWord Magazine.
31 October 200

"There's a YouTube footage where we were singing outside the Belvedere [in Austria]. We used to sing a lot. That's something I do a lot of, anyway. It's like somebody will say a phrase and I'll sing the rest of the line. It's like a way to be relaxed."

What songs did he and Viggo sing? "Anything really," said Michael, "like 'Young Girl'" (by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap). He was told that the song's refrain, "Young girl, get out of my mind," was a fitting one for his characters in both "Shame" and "A Dangerous..."

"I remember Viggo and I came bursting into the makeup room and singing. Keira (Knightley) was getting her hair done. We made her and the makeup artist jump out of their skin," said Michael.

Michael Fassbender
No 'Shame' in Michael Fassbender's sex-addict role
By: Ruben V. Nepales
The Inquirer
5 January 2012

"Should I stay or should I go?", is what the famous song from the The Clash's "Combat Rock" album asks. Below I put a link to the song, in case Caruso Lombardi or any other people working for CASLA feel plagued by existential doubts before the key match against Tigre (or the two other very important matches we have left in this tournament) and they need to psych themselves. I recommend listening to the song at an excessive volume, maybe together with some mate with gin to stand the cold of the fall´s early morning."

Viggo Mortensen
"Should I stay or should I go?"
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
1 June 2012

What about music, what kind of music makes you happy?

It depends. I do like the Swan of Tuonela by Sibelius. Aren't swans supposed to be like geese, in that they mate for life? That's the ideal. So be careful before you kill a swan because you are probably killing a very important relationship.

Viggo Mortensen: The New Box Office King
By Jenny Ewart
January 2004

Q: How did the screen test go [For To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar]?

A: I asked if I could sing 'When I Fall in Love' a cappella, figuring if I could make that much of an ass of myself I'd be less embarrassed saying the dialogue.

The Hot New 39-Year-Old
By Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine
August 1998

We break up; collect nicely all out stuff, all orange peelings, bottle tops, and plastic glasses, and head back to his car, a Dodge Ram 2.500 pick-up diesel. On the dashboard lies dried flowers and what seems to be an Indian rosary, in the CD player is fusion music (new age and jazz), and Viggo Mortensen puts on a classic ranger hat. He seems to be very much at ease, as he sits here well above the driving lane and like a pinball navigates us through the brutal traffic.

Viggo from Hollywood
By Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine)
August 2001

"Like others who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, I took an interest in not only Kerouac, but also in what supposedly inspired them - apart from literature - during those post-war decades: the jazz figures (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk?), painting (Abstract Expressionism), and movies (Italian Neorealism, Nouvelle Vague, etc.)."

Viggo Mortensen: Furrowed Burroughs
By Aureliano Tonet - translated by Anita Conrade
Trois Couleurs
May 2012

Rain is the universal music - along with the contribution of the wind through a forest or punishing an open window, the roar of the rivers, the sea.

Viggo Mortensen
If The Rain Gets Here
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
9 October 2014

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Festival Aphonica.

Viggo Zurich Interview

Found By: CoCo

This SRF 3 videoclip previously mentioned by CoCo and we find it now on YouTube:

© SRF 3.

L.A. Artists and Performers to Salute Beyond Baroque’s 50th at Nov. 10 Gala

Source: Send2Press

More honors for Viggo!


All-star line-up of performers include John Doe and Exene Cervenka (founding members, X), John Densmore, (founding member, The Doors), and many more

© Beyond Baroque.
VENICE, Calif., Oct. 4, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A historic lineup of L.A.'s leading artists, performers, poets and authors will salute Beyond Baroque, the city's legendary literary center, at its 50th anniversary "Bohemian Bacchanal" on Saturday, November 10. The gala event, located in the Venice Arts Plaza, features a dinner and will be highlighted by presentations honoring actor/poet Viggo Mortensen, a long-time supporter of the non-profit organization, and award-winning poet Will Alexander. The evening also pays tribute to Beyond Baroque founder, George Drury Smith.

Read the entire article HERE.

© Send2Press.

CORRECTION! AMERICANS Get a Chance to See Viggo and 'Green Book' in October!

Source: The London Times
Thanks to Lisa for the correction!

This from the Loudoun Times-Mirror about the Middleburg Film Festival where 'Green Book' will close the festival on October 21.

Middleburg is in Virginia!


Middleburg Film Festival organizers announce 2018 featured films

© Universal.
-On Oct. 21, "Green Book," starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, will be featured as the closing film with director Peter Farrelly and Mortensen in attendance. The film features a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx who is hired to drive world-class pianist Dr. Don Shirley, played by Ali, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. They must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.

© Loudoun Times-Mirror. Images © Universal.

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