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Casey Affleck, Octavia Spencer & More to Present at 23rd Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

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SAG Awards 1.27.08.
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Casey Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Taraji P. Henson, Brie Larson, Janelle Monáe, Viggo Mortensen and Octavia Spencer will be presenters at the 23rd Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.

This elite group joins a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards® Ceremony that already includes Life Achievement Award presenters Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).

Casey Affleck is a double SAG Awards nominee this year for his performance in Manchester by the Sea: Outstanding Performance by a Male Lead in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. He previously was nominated for Male Actor in a Supporting Role for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2008).

Mahershala Ali has the distinction of receiving the most SAG Awards nominations this year. He is nominated for his supporting role in Moonlight and as a cast member of both that film and Hidden Figures. Ali has three previous nominations, two for House of Cards (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2016 and 2015) and one for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Cast in a Motion Picture, 2009)

Naomie Harris is a first-time Actor® nominee. Her Outstanding Performance in Moonlight is being considered for both Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture.

Lucas Hedges joins the exclusive roster of SAG Awards nominees for the first time this year in two Outstanding Performance categories for Manchester by the Sea: Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture.

Taraji P. Henson has received six previous Actor® nominations, three of which were for Boston Legal (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 2009, 2008 and 2007). She was twice nominated in 2009 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, both for her supporting role and as a cast member. Her first motion picture cast nomination was in 2006 for Hustle & Flow.

Brie Larson received The Actor® in 2016, recognizing her Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead in a Motion Picture. Her SAG Award for her role in Room had been Larson's first nomination.

Janelle Monáe is under consideration for two different films this year, Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Her nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are her first.

Viggo Mortensen took home an Actor® in 2004 as a member of the cast of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004. A double SAG Award nominee this year for both his leading role and as a cast member of Captain Fantastic, he was previously nominated for Eastern Promises (Male Lead in a Motion Picture, 2008); and with his fellow cast members for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003) and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002).

Octavia Spencer was honored with two Actor® statuettes for her performance in The Help (2012): Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Cast in a Motion Picture. She is nominated this year in those two categories for her performance in Hidden Figures.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation.

Prior to the televised ceremony, the stunt ensemble honorees will be announced during the SAG Awards Live Red Carpet Pre-Show webcast.

One of the awards season's premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely performers' peers in SAG-AFTRA, which last year numbered 121,546. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS,

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Viggo at KRFY

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Found By: Chrissie
Many thanks to Chrissie for this image of Viggo visiting KRFY Community Radio in Sandpoint on 16 January:

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

This week's Quotable is all about roads, real and metaphorical. There are real journeys on tarmac and along trails, and then there are those inner journeys that run parallel. The journeys within journeys. The ones that really count. As the recent 'Road Rules' article that Inlander published a couple of days ago points out, Viggo is an expert journeyer.

For the recent Esquire cover story on Mortensen, the actor/artist/poet picked up his interviewer at the airport and proceeded to take her on a road trip to his childhood home in upstate New York. This wasn't out of the ordinary for him. Not only has he taken many solo road trips throughout his 58 years, Mortensen also takes to the road in many of his films. Obviously, there's LOTR, but there's also the postapocalyptic The Road, as well as a film version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, and then his most recent film Captain Fantastic, where he takes his brood of children raised in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest on a cross-country road trip for their mother's funeral. Clearly, in both art and life Mortensen, isn't afraid of the journey ahead.

Road Rules
By Laura Johnson
12 January 2017

"I never stopped traveling through countries and characters; this is my job."

Viggo Mortensen
By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
9 October 2012

In Mortensen's view, the journey is always more entertaining than the destination anyway.

The happy trails of Viggo Mortensen
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
18 April 2009

'I travel a lot because I'm interested in knowing how the rest of the world lives. I love to learn about other cultures, to submerge myself in them, to learn of points of view that are different from mine.'

Viggo Mortensen
"I'm a guy who sticks his nose in everything"
By Stuart Gollum, Gala Magazine
30 August 2006

"I was 20 years old, I was travelling in the north of Norway," he recalls, like an old war veteran. Trying to go "as far up as possible," young Mortensen got lost, survived by lighting a fire and being rescued by the inhabitants of the region, the Samis, a native people of Finno-Ougric descent. "They sheltered me in exchange for work. Afterwards they tried to convince me to spend the winter there. They offered me a big coat and kilos of meat. And when I said no, they offered me a small fat girl of about 16. Maybe I should have stayed. It would have been an interesting experience.

Lost in La Pampa
By Pierre Boisson - translated by Ollie
So Film #10 (France)
May 2013

'In October, I got caught in a snowstorm in Lapland. I lost the trail and had to find some place to hide. I was out there on my own for a couple of days. I was worried but managed to find shelter and make a fire. It's really not about where you are, but how you are. I can get annoyed or say, "OK, this is where I am. I don't have any choice at the moment. Let's make the most of it."'

Viggo Mortensen's Travelling Life
By Nick McGrath
The Telegraph
10 April 2015

"Traveling is probably the number one most effective anti-war weapon there is. I've been to Tehran, for example. I happened to go to the city park there, and played a game of pick-up soccer with some Iranian men. I saw the sun come up and go down in Tehran, I saw the mountains, old people, dogs, pigeons, hospitals, things you can find anywhere in the world. It's much less likely that you're going to convince me that they are just this thing, that we must bomb Iran. I probably wouldn't agree that we should bomb anyplace, but those are people. Those are plants, those are animals. The weather changes there. People get up, they eat, they live, they die. It's much less likely when you know a place, you know?"

Viggo Mortensen on "Good"
By Aaron Hillis
31 December 2008

"You say, 'Well, where's Viggo today?' " says David Cronenberg, recalling the conversation that happened more than once on the London shoot, last year, of the exceptionally fine new thriller, Eastern Promises. "And they say, 'Oh, he's in St. Petersburg.'

"And you say, 'What!? I thought he was at the hotel.' "

Star's Eastern Immersion Impresses His Director
By Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
16 September 2007

On a coast-to-coast road trip when Henry was 11, Mortensen says, his son made a homemade map ahead of time to chart their itinerary, a map Mortensen has kept. "Instead of a little under 3,000 miles, it looked like it was going to be 16,000 or so, a kind of insane cardiogram, you know?" he laughs. "It took us the time it took us."

A History Of Defiance
By Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

The story of Hidalgo, as told in John Fusco's script, mixes historical details with a heavy dose of myth and speculation. Mortensen spells out the familiar pattern: A hero's character is determined not by whether or not he is triumphant, but by the choices he makes during a dangerous journey or a strenuous race. "To complete the cycle in the classic hero journey, there is one more step: What does that person (or group of persons) do with what they've learned from the experience?"

After Aragorn
By Jeffrey Overstreet
Seattle, WA 5 March 2004

"You must make the difference between loneliness and isolation: between the two, I see a road that can take me farther than I would dare imagine. And wherever this leads me, I still want to take it!"

"You must read Camus if you're plugged in"
By Cécile Lecoultre - translated by Donna Marie
24 Heures
27 January 2015

Viggo, what do you love most about acting?

The ongoing journey of it, and its unexpected consequences. It is hard to know at any given time if you are making the right decisions as an artist, but the surest way to stay in the moment and make progress in this moveable feast of a profession is to say "yes" as often as you can. As Yogi Berra once said: "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."

One-on-one interview with 'On the Road's' Viggo Mortensen
By Steven Lebowitz
6 April 2013

"I think it was Robert Louis Stevenson who said this," Mortensen says, "it was about meandering through a career, or the arts in general, without seeming to have a deliberate plan. He said, 'To travel hopefully is better than to arrive, and the true success is in the labor.' That's a great line, 'To travel hopefully.' That's what I'd like to do."

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

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Sandpoint Reader interview with Viggo

Source: Sandpoint Reader.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for bringing us a lovely interview from the Sandpoint Reader ahead of Viggo's appearance tonight at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.


They don’t make them like Viggo Mortensen anymore.

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by Ben Olson

The soft-spoken, notably un-Hollywood actor, photographer, poet and lover of North Idaho is just about as far from the typical "Hollywood star" as you can be.

When it was announced that Mortensen would host a screening of his latest film "Captain Fantastic," at the Panida Theater—including a question-and-answer session afterward—it didn't take long for tickets to sell out. The film is written and directed by Matt Ross.

The event, titled "A Movie and Evening with Viggo Mortensen" takes place on Jan. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from both nights will benefit KRFY 88.5 FM Panhandle Community Radio and Team Autism 24/7.

We were extremely honored to have Mortensen reply to our request for an interview. What follows is the interview, in which Mortensen talks about his character, Ben Cash, in "Captain Fantastic," his love of North Idaho and the Panida Theater, as well as the importance of leaving a clean campsite.

Ben Olson: I think "Captain Fantastic" did a great job of helping the audience to see both sides of an important issue. While the activist/intellectual side of me agrees with [your character] Ben Cash raising his children in the wilderness away from all the bullshit of modern society, the practical side of me wanted to agree with his sister's family, who were concerned with the children's welfare being raised "in the woods." When reading the script, did you identify with one side or another right off the bat?

Viggo Mortensen: Initially, there was much to admire in the way Ben tries to educate and raise his kids. But then things go off the rails. While I agree with the basic foundation of the Cash family model in "Captain Fantastic" (free and equal discourse, pursuit of intellectual curiosity, promotion of total honesty, among other methods and tenets), I do think that the choice of words and behavioral examples used in the intellectual and physical training of the children ought to be tempered and adjusted depending on the age of each child. Ben does go too far sometimes, is too extreme, puts his brood at physical and psychological risk. The beauty of the script Matt Ross wrote is that it does not elevate any of the characters in the story to the level of "hero" or "villain." The characters are human, flawed, loving, and ultimately struggling to achieve a new balance in their lives and in the way they deal with others. The sister, played by Katherine Hahn, and her husband, played by Steve Zahn, make their valuable points, as do the grandparents, played by Ann Dowd and Frank Langella.

BO: Forgive me if I'm making an uninformed comparison, but it seems Ben Cash's character is strikingly similar to the real Viggo Mortensen. From all I have read and heard about you, you've never struck me as one of the cliché pretentious Hollywood types. I mean, you have a home in North Idaho, right? This is about as unpretentious of a place as you can get.

VM: I was comfortable filming in the forest and helping Matt Ross and his production designer Russell Barnes create our home off the proverbial grid, but many of the activities you see me engage in in "Captain Fantastic" (rock climbing, martial arts, bagpipe and guitar playing, to name a few) and the way the character relates to his six kids were aspects of the character that I had to learn to impersonate. When people see an actor in different movies seeming to be at ease with certain skill sets or ideas, they can sometimes assume that all of it is natural and the fruit of previous first-hand personal experience. This is not usually the case. But it is flattering to have people believe that, to "buy" whatever you are doing on-screen as the character. That being said, as regards what people might generally regard as typical "Hollywood" behavior (seeking maximum attention and hob-knobbing with movie people at all times), I am not really drawn to that. I do not engage in conscious attention-seeking or socializing with movie business people unless I am filming or promoting a movie. From the acting work I do and the interaction I have with audiences at screenings and question-and-answer sessions, I get more than enough attention and social interaction. In my own time, I'm glad to mind my own business and, if possible, be out in nature as much as possible.

BO: What was it about North Idaho that appealed to you as a place you'd like to live?

VM: I like the outdoors, the North Idaho landscape, the isolation, the quiet, the seasons, the wildlife.

BO: Any favorite haunts around Sandpoint / Hope / Clark Fork that you'd like to share?

VM: There are many beautiful places in the area. I love the Cabinets, the Selkirks, Lake Pend Oreille, the creeks, the Clark Fork River. It's all of a piece, a beautiful region. There are, also, some more or less secret places that I'm drawn to in the area, and will keep secret.

BO: The actors who portrayed your children in "Captain Fantastic" were so phenomenal. What was it like to work with such talented young people? I've heard some actors say never to work with children —they'll either upstage you or tank you. Any truth to this, or is it just more hogwash?

VM: It does not apply to me, mainly because I enjoy surprises. They help me grow as I work on a movie character. I like to prepare as thoroughly as possible, and then leave the rest up to the director and the unexpected reactions and particular interpretations that other actors come up with. If, however, you are the sort of actor who tends to prepare meticulously and then expects people to adjust to your way of doing things, never altering what you have prepared in terms of gestures and ways of speaking your lines, you probably will be frustrated by younger actors who do not usually do things the same way twice, kids who tend to surprise you from take to take. That kind of actor is probably the one likely to come up with sayings like "never work with kids or animals."

BO: You've worked with director David Cronenberg three times in the past, each portraying a wildly different role. I think it's been some of your best work. Is there something about Cronenberg that speaks to you as an actor?

VM: He's extremely intelligent, kind, generous, and has a great sense of irony. He really knows how to cast the right groups of actors for his movies, and is able to work with all kinds of different performers. He gets the most of the people he works with. I have really enjoyed working with because I trust and respect him as an artist and as a person.

BO: Are you just lucky, or is there some kind of system to choosing the roles you've taken over the past 10 or 12 years? It seems that after the "Lord of the Rings" fame, you could've broken into the mainstream roles with ease, but you chose to remain at the edges, challenging yourself and your audiences. Looking back, do you have any regrets?

VM: No, I don't. Whether a movie turns out well or not is not solely dependent on the quality of the script, but it does help a great deal to work with a great blueprint. I simply look for stories that I would like to see on-screen, whether I end up being in them or not. Even if a movie I participate in does not turn out as well as I might have hoped, it will still have been worthwhile, will still have been a great idea for a movie. That's about all I can control, or want to control. The rest depends on how good an overall creative compromise the director and his team end up making, how well everyone collaborates to tell any particular story.

BO: Tell me about your history with the Panida Theater. It has been bandied around that you acted on the main stage early in your career. Any fond memories about the Panida?

VM: I auditioned for and got a part in a production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" there a long time ago, almost 30 years ago, but ended up getting a movie job that prevented me from doing the play. I've always loved seeing movies and concerts at the Panida. It is a great performance space, and one of Sandpoint's true historical gems. I'm glad that its programming is of such a high standard, and that it continues to receive such strong support from the community.

BO: KRFY 88.5 FM Panhandle Community Radio probably wouldn't be in existence without the assistance you provided for their start up. Why do you think projects like community radio are so important?

VM: There is a need everywhere, not just in North Idaho, for a range of voices, creative perspectives, political points of view, and genuine local interest stories. KRFY helps to enrich the mix of media available to Panhandle residents, and stimulates good, healthy discussions that are not dictated by outside corporate interests. This is crucial to any society that strives to be democratic.

BO: One of the other local organization benefiting from your Panida Theater showing coming up is Team Autism 24/7. Have you ever had any experience with autism?

VM: I have interacted with various people who have suffered from autism over the years, and there is someone in our family that is afflicted with a form of it. It is a complicated disorder, often misunderstood. I'm glad to be able to help, in some small way, to help bring awareness to this problem.

BO: A few years back, you had an exhibition at the Hallans Gallery in Sandpoint showing your original photography. I remember thinking the images were very ethereal—lots of beautiful horses and dynamic rural themes. Honestly, I was moved by them. Do you plan to showcase your photography again in the future? What does photography do for you that acting doesn't?

VM: I started working as a photographer long before I began acting professionally. It is something that I'm continually drawn to, and that I'll probably always pursue. No plans at this time for any new exhibitions, but I am working on two new photo books.

BO: Are you working on anything new? Any plans to direct your own work in the future?

VM: As a matter of fact I am in the middle of trying to set up financing for one of the scripts I've written in recent years, and want to direct. Hopefully I'll be able to make a movie from it in the second half of this year.

BO: Bonus question: If you could have a beer with anyone in the world, who would it be?

VM: Alive: Lionel Messi. Dead: Albert Camus.

BO: Let's say you never made it as an actor. What would you see yourself doing for a career?

VM: Mostly what I do anyway: make photographs, draw, go to the movies, fish, travel, read, write, plant trees, cook, try to get along with people and animals, be careful with fire, learn from nature and leave my campsites in as good or better condition than I found them in.

BO: Amen. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us, Viggo.

Viggo Mortensen's screening and question-and-answer event will take place on Jan. 13 and 14 at the Panida Theater at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out for both nights, but check out "Captain Fantastic," directed by Matt Ross.

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Q&A: Viggo Mortensen on ‘Captain Fantastic,’ acting with kids, and finding happiness in North Idaho

Source: The Spokesman-Review

From The Spokesman-Review ...


Sandpoint’s Panida Theater promises to be a popular place this weekend as Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen hosts two screenings of his most recent film, “Captain Fantastic.”

© Bleecker Street.
All seats for both the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out, which means the events' beneficiaries KRFY FM and Team Autism are the ultimate winners.

"Captain Fantastic" stars Mortensen as Ben Cash, who has been raising his six children off the grid in the woods of Washington. A family crisis forces his family to emerge and reintegrate with the modern world. The film opened during the summer of 2016, after premiering last January at the Sundance Film Festival. The reviews were mostly positive. As Steven Rea noted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "It's a rare movie that asks such big questions – about parenting, about family, about modern-day America – and comes up with answers that are moving and meaningful, that make you laugh and cry."

While Mortensen will forever be associated with the role of Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, in the years since he left Middle Earth, he's continued to do interesting and acclaimed work in films such as "The Road," "A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method." Mortensen's performance in "Captain Fantastic," has earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards, the British Academy Film Awards (aka the BAFTA Awards) and the Screen Actors Guild. In an email interview with The Spokesman-Review, Mortensen talks about his work on the film, his affinity for Sandpoint, and what he's up to next.

Q: What's your process when preparing to embody a complex guy like Ben Cash?

A: With every job that I sign up for as an actor, my first question to myself is "What happened before page 1 of the script?" Going from the birth of the character as well as taking into account the circumstances leading to it and surrounding it, and continuing on through his or her life until we arrive at the script, there is an almost limitless amount of information that I can gather and/or invent for myself about the person I am to play. On a practical level, each character has a particular set of skills and a manner of communicating that I need to incorporate into my preparation. Specifically with Ben in "Captain Fantastic," I had to get familiar with rock-climbing, Japanese ju-jitsu techniques, handling bagpipes, playing the guitar, to name some of the skills that I did not personally possess. There is always a long list of things to be learned to be able to play a role properly, to be of maximum use to a director, regardless of how close the character's experience might initially seem to align with one's own.

Q: Did your personal connections to the Northwest influence your performance in any significant ways?

A: Having lived in North Idaho and being familiar with many landscapes of the Northwest helped me specifically as regards feeling "at home" in the forests of Washington state where we filmed a significant part of "Captain Fantastic." On a practical level, the fact that I have been putting in vegetable gardens in North Idaho for decades was useful when it came time to putting in one for our movie family's compound. Being familiar beforehand with the kinds of people who live in the Northwest, and how they sound, was also helpful.

Q: The movie leaves us with mixed feelings about the ways Ben raises his kids. Looking at the film, what are your feelings about the character's behavior? Is it wrong to try and diagnose him?

It is never wrong to pay attention and form an opinion about a story and its characters, to relate to them in any way one feels is natural. So, by all means, diagnose away! One of the strengths of Matt Ross' script is that it is not about heroes and villains; it is about flawed human beings, no better or worse than you or I. Ben loves his children, and devotes himself completely to their physical, mental, and philosophical education. He is far from perfect, however. He is sometimes inconsistent, contradicts himself. He is initially inflexible in many ways and, in the course of the story, must find a way to achieve a new balance for himself and his family. In the course of attempting to change and evolve, he has some difficult emotional transitions to make. This aspect of the character was what I found most challenging and, eventually, rewarding about playing Ben.

Q: What was it like working with a large cast of young actors?

A: I like surprises, like being challenged and inspired by other actors. It helps me do a far better job than I would if I simply prepared my role and expected everyone to slavishly adapt to what I was determined to do in each scene, regardless of the input of my acting partners. Younger actors, especially the very youngest ones, tend to surprise you on a regular basis. They will not usually play a scene the same way twice. I like that. If I were less flexible and less willing to simply "play," I suppose I might not be as comfortable working with your actors.

Q: Writer/director Matt Ross is also a successful character actor. Are there any specific benefits to working with a director who also has acting experience?

A: It can be beneficial to be directed by an actor, as was the case with Matt Ross, but the mere fact that your director is also an actor does not guarantee that he or she will be especially sensitive to your needs as a performer or be more able to guide you more efficiently than non-actor directors will. It goes back to what kind of actor you are. Actors who are accustomed to paying attention to other actors, and to adjusting their performance to what their fellow actors bring to the scene, tend to be very good at directing other actors, at finding just the right way to put them at ease and get the most out of their abilities. Actors who do not really show much interest in other actors, and are unlikely to adjust their performance according to what other actors contribute, are not likely to be that helpful when they are directing them.

Q: Have you done many audience Q&As for "Captain Fantastic"? Is there a question about the film you're wishing someone would ask? Or a question that has completely surprised you?

A: I have done hundreds, literally, since last January, when we premiered the movie at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I've done them in the U.S. and in other countries, mostly on my own but sometimes together with director Matt Ross, and occasionally with some of the other cast members. There is no question that I am afraid to be asked, and I do not have any particular question in mind that I would like asked. Anything goes, really. If I don't have a good answer, I'll say so. But there is always something that audience members and I can agree on or relate to each other about. I look forward to answering questions at the Panida. It was great fun when I did so a few years ago after the benefit screenings of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method."

Q. You spent a long time in Middle Earth. When "The Lord of the Rings" ended you followed up with difficult roles in films like "Eastern Promises," "A History of Violence" and "The Road." What was it about these roles that drew your attention?

A: They were good, original stories that I thought could become good movies, or at least become movies that I would like to see.

Q: What do you want to do next?

A: Direct a movie. I am in the process of trying to raise money to make a movie from a script I wrote. Hopefully it will happen later this year.

Q: How long have you had your place near Sandpoint? What is it about the area that appeals to you?

A: Since the late 1980s. It is beautiful, truly wild in some places, and I have always felt happy in the area, regardless of the season or the weather. People also tend to generally respect each other's privacy in North Idaho, which is something I greatly appreciate.

Q: And now a fun question: Who would win in a fight? Aragorn from "LOTR" or Tom Stall from "A History of Violence"?

A: Depends on the day and depends on the weapons available to each of them, I guess.

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