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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

Viggo's recent annecdotes on Jimmy Kimmel Live about his time filming with Woody Allen got me thinking. It's been an age since I compiled a Quotable covering Viggo's early film career. There were a lot that got away and slipped into the 'inpenetrable darkness' Barry Norman mentions below. We missed him as the world's stupdiest actor in The Purple Rose of Cairo, we missed him in Chanel in To Fong Woo, Thanks For Everything... above all we missed him swinging through the trees shirtless in Greystoke. The film may not have been the height of cinematic sophistication, but hey.... I would have worn out the DVD.

His first decade in movies proved difficult and often financially unrewarding so Mortensen worked as a waiter, bartender and truck driver to support himself

Versatile Viggo
By Louis B Hobson
Calgary Sun
5 June 1998

"In the beginning everyone was very obsessed with getting my name changed. 'Viggo Mortensen - that's too long and too strange', they said. I suggested as a joke to change it to "Vic Morton'. That sounds like one of those movie private investigators in the 40's... "Vic Morton, private eye'. No, my name is Viggo Mortensen, I am Viggo Mortensen, and Hollywood will have to live with that'.

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo from Hollywood
by Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine), 2001

"It's a little embarrassing when you drag your friends of family along to the cinema and tell them that 'just watch now' - and then you've landed on the editing floor. Therefore I've stopped telling them in advance to pay attention to this or that scene. Because you never know if it's in."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo from Hollywood
by Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine), 2001

Sixteen Candles 1884

[Molly Ringwald] drew gasps when she revealed she wanted future Lord of the Rings hunk Viggo Mortensen to play her love interest, Jake Ryan, in Sixteen Candles, after kissing him during auditions.

She said, "It was between two men... It was Michael Shoeffling, who ended up being cast, and Viggo Mortensen, who had just moved from Denmark... Michael Shoeffling did not kiss me during the audition - Viggo Mortensen did.

"He made me weak in the knees. Absolutely."

Ringwald teamed up with Mortensen years later in Fresh Horses and the actor revealed he thought the kiss cost him the role.

She explained, "He said, 'I've always been curious, do you know anything about what happened?' And I said, 'Hey man, I was rooting for you. I really wanted you for that part.'

"I brought up the thing about how he kissed me and the other guy didn't. He said, 'I always thought that's why I blew the audition! I go over it again and again. Why did I do that?'"

Ringwald pays a visit to John Hughes film class to talk kissing Viggo
10 September 2013

Swing Shift 1984

For a Hollywood actor, the night in "overnight stardom" can be very long indeed. For Viggo Mortensen it lasted about 17 years, starting in inpenetrable darkness when his entire performance in his first film, Swing Shift, in 1984 was left on the cutting room floor.

Barry Norman
Radio Times
November - December 2004

He was cast... playing a brash young sailor trying to pick up an emotionally fragile Goldie Hawn in a movie theatre. He felt it went well, but when he saw the movie he discovered that they had reshot the scene with Goldie Hawn in the movie theatre alone.

The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine
April 2004

Greystoke 1984

"Right out of the gate, I was auditioning for leads in studio movies. It would get down to the last two people," says Mortensen, who recalls the whirlwind of being flown first class to England for the lead in 1984's Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. "The next thing I know, I'm training with monkeys."

Viggo Mortensen
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

"I was sent plane tickets to London, I did a load of tests, and when I thought the part was mine, they gave it to Christopher Lambert.

Viggo Mortensen
A Multi-talented Hero
Dominical, by J. A. - translated for V-W by NacidaLibre
27 August 2006

"Although if I'd gotten Greystoke I probably would've been frustrated," he adds, tacitly acknowledging that it's a bit of a stinker.

Viggo Mortensen: first Good - and then goodbye?
By Kevin Maher
The Times
2 April 2009

The Purple Rose of Cairo 1985

After what he thought was a disappointing audition with Allen, Mortensen said he learned that he won a part.

"Next day my agent calls me and said, 'He loves you. You got a part.' 'Oh really? What's the part?' He goes, 'I don't know exactly, but it's a part. You're in the movie,'" Mortensen said.

Viggo Mortensen Once Didn't Know He Was Cut From a Woody Allen Film Until Its Release
By Alexa Valiente
ABC News
20 July 2016

"They have this big huge party. It looks fantastic, lights, all this stuff. And Woody Allen is whispering into this actor's ear, this other actor who's been called. And the actor smiles and nods," Mortensen said. "He goes, 'Okay, let's shoot.' And I go, 'Mr. Allen? Sir? What am I supposed to do?' 'You just follow his lead. You'll be alright.' And I'm freaking out. I have no idea what the story's about."

Viggo Mortensen Once Didn't Know He Was Cut From a Woody Allen Film Until Its Release
By Alexa Valiente
ABC News
20 July 2016

Woody Allen... cut all the scenes I was in. That was frustrating! I looked a real fool, ashamed, especially with my family and friends as I had announced my participation in the films to them. My parents thought I was lying and would say: "Son, tell us the truth! What do you do in New York?" [Great laughter]"

Viggo Mortensen
A Multi-talented Hero
Dominical, by J. A. - translated for V-W by NacidaLibre

"It is like I never was in that film. I think it's common in Woody Allen's way of making movies. He throws out lots of material. He almost shoots the same film twice."

Viggo Mortensen
Mortensen Code
By Sol Alonso - translated by Remolina
Vanity Fair (Spain)
November 2008

Platoon 1986

Oliver Stone cast Viggo as a sergeant in a war movie that he was making. Platoon. Then the financing fell through but Viggo knew that Oliver Stone would get the movie made in the end, and he would be ready as an actor had ever been. For the next year, Viggo read every book on Vietnam he could lay his hands on. "I researched that part as thoroughly as I f******* could," he remembers. "Mentally and in every way. Physically."

One day he heard that the film was going into production and that Oliver Stone had recast his role, giving it to Willem Dafoe. About ten years later Viggo met with Stone again, when the director was looking to make a movie about Manuel Noriega.

"Oh, it's great to meet you," the director told him. Viggo pointed out that they had met several times before (Viggo had also auditioned for a part in Salvador, in Spanish, for Stone).

"He didn't seem to remember much of any of it at all," Viggo reflects. "Pretty shocking because I took it pretty seriously."

The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine
April 2004

Reservoir Dogs 1992

I think [Tarantino's] really smart and funny. I'd never sat down and talked to him that much, although I did audition for Reservoir Dogs, which he remembered.

Which part did you audition for?
Mister … I don't know which one it was. It was one of them. I might have auditioned for two. I had fun. I did one take where I made the character Hispanic. I remember it was in this tiny office on the Fox lot, I think, and I read with Harvey Keitel.

Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
By Eric Benson
19 March 2015

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar 1995

Q: Any tapes you wouldn't mind seeing?

One. The test for the part Patrick Swayze got in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.

Q: What was your drag queen outfit like?

A: I think it was Chanel, like a Jackie O. thing with Ann-Margaret hair. Before the audition, I wanted to practice a little so I called up a friend of mine, [actress] Valeria Golino, and she helped me to get all dressed up. Then I walked on Broadway in New York in the middle of the day. Nobody even blinked an eye, and some guys whistled.

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

'But I like to think that had I gotten the lead in some of those early movies that I auditioned for, I wouldn't be the same person I am today. I would have been so busy being a star that I wouldn't have learned about anything else in life. I probably wouldn't have devoted so much time to writing, painting or music.

'Without the spotlight on me, I was able to live a life and learn a lot.'

Viggo Mortensen
A Reluctant Star
By Barry Koltnow
Orange County Register
7 March 2004

"The attention is troubling enough now; 20 years ago, it would have been too much. I would have become tired of the whole circus. I think I would have got disenchanted and probably quit."

Interview - Viggo Mortensen, Actor
By Siobhan Synnot
The Scotsman
28 December 2009

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(Part) Fellowship Reunion

Source: Dominic Monaghan.
Found By: Chrissie
Thanks to Chrissie for bringing us these great pics. Dominic Monaghan has given us a treat today:

My friends. You bow to no one.

There is a deep love. Not separated by ocean sky and sound. This love has always been. Always will be.

We are #love #lotr

We fought in a war. #neverforget #fellowship

Images © Dominic Monaghan.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live Interview

Many thanks to Iolanthe for bringing us these clips.

Viggo Mortensen's Unbelievable Arrow Story

Viggo Mortensen Talks About His Funeral Crashing

Viggo Mortensen on His Uncommon Name

Viggo Mortensen Brings Jimmy Kimmel Mets Cards

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Viggo Mortensen Doesn’t Need Fame Or Riches, He’s ‘Captain Fantastic’

Source: The Huffington Post

From the Huffington Post ...


Mortensen is dazzling in his new movie, directed by Matt Ross.

Image Erik Simkins.
© Bleecker Street.
By Matthew Jacobs

It can seem like Viggo Mortensen went off the grid after donning his Aragorn crown. Mortensen's highest-grossing movie since "Lord of the Rings" is the one he made directly following the trilogy's end in 2003: the western "Hidalgo," which topped out at a decent $108 million worldwide. In the years since, Mortensen, now 57, has mostly shied away from big-budget studio projects. Instead, he collected an Oscar nomination (for 2007's "Eastern Promises"), a Golden Globe nod (for 2011's "A Dangerous Method") and a starring role in a Cormac McCarthy adaptation (2009's "The Road"). Chump change, right?

Mortensen has indeed been on the grid, at least sporadically ― unlike the character he portrays in the new movie "Captain Fantastic," his finest role in years. Expanding nationwide throughout July, the film casts Mortensen as Ben Cash, a beatnik father of six raising his kids in a secluded enclave in the Pacific Northwest. Ben disavows capitalism and organized religion, substitutes Christmas with Noam Chomsky Day, and trains his clan in acute survival skills. But when the family must return to town, they are forced to reacclimate with civilization.

As he tells it, Mortensen has never cared much about acclimating with Hollywood. He's appeared in certifiable hits ("Crimson Tide," "A Perfect Murder"), but outside of "Lord of the Rings," he hasn't starred in a single franchise, including the "Hobbit" series. Now that the marketplace for original adult dramas has waned, the name "Captain Fantastic" adopts a dual meaning. Mortensen and director Matt Ross, who is best known for playing Alby Grant on "Big Love" and Gavin Belson on "Silicon Valley," see the title as a commentary on Hollywood's obsession with superhero fare.
© Wilson Webb/Bleecker Street.

They hope the film will prompt audiences to ponder whether Ben is a flawed, plainclothes superhero of his own, rejecting the conformist structures that society normalizes. No parent is perfect, but is his dedication to raising kids against the grain noble or dangerous? Either way, can Hollywood just tell some fresh stories that aren't linked to existing franchises with brand-name marketability?

Barely: Ross said the movie's producers recommended he change the title so as to prevent possible confusion. He pushed back. "It's intentional, but I didn't see it as a problem," Ross told The Huffington Post during a recent joint interview with Mortensen. "I didn't think anyone would go into the movie theater thinking they're going to see some superhero they've never heard of. I thought it would be pretty clear that it's about a father who's trying to be a hero of humanity."

Mortensen, who has grown accustomed to making smaller-scale movies with unpredictable shelf lives, knows that it appears he's turned his back on the Hollywood machine. He insists it's not intentional. Mortensen has been offered comic-book roles since making "Lord of the Rings," though he wouldn't reveal which ones. "If I think I can do something with that within that genre, why not?" he said.

The timing of those offers have conflicted with projects like "Captain Fantastic" ― films that are "outside the box and challenging and more original." Some actors subscribe to the "one for me, one for them" mentality, meaning they'll take a studio project (read: hopeful cash cow) followed by an indie darling (read: something of supposedly elevated artistic merit). Mortensen doesn't adopt that creed, and he's been vocal about Hollywood's glossy expectations in the past ― the sort of capitalism that Ben Cash would rebuff. In 2014, for example, Mortensen voiced disfavor for Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" follow-ups, "King Kong" and "The Lovely Bones," both of which he said relied too heavily on special effects. Now, he says he's not concerned with making money or maintaining fame ― an admittedly luxurious stance, given he can probably live off his Middle-earth paychecks for the rest of eternity.
© Bleecker Street.
"I just sign on for movies that I would go see," Mortensen said. "Let's say we hadn't found six genius kids to play the parts in this movie, and the movie had turned out just OK. Obviously it's a great idea and a great script, and I'd still watch it 10 or 15 years from now and say, 'That was well worth it. It's not perfect, but it's a good idea and we tried.' I wouldn't be ashamed. I wouldn't say, 'Well I wish I'd done that [big-budget movie] so I could buy three more racing cars. You have to be patient and hang in there and, once you give your word, stay with the project, or it falls apart, in some cases. And then shooting it is arduous and selling it even more so. We're lucky with the reaction to this movie."

To wit, "Captain Fantastic" has netted largely glowing reviews since its ebullient standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It helps that Ross' script, which feels like a bohemian testimonial at the start, becomes a fairly bipartisan affair, both idealizing and condemning Ben's lifestyle choices. It's more about the systematized maturation of American children than it is a screed against the norms of society as a whole.

As evidence, consider a scene where a police officer stops Ben and his kids as they travel into town on a green school bus they've named Steve. The cop assumes they are unclean hippies and asks why the children aren't in school. When one begins aggressively evangelizing about Jesus, he backs away. Religious fundamentalists get a pass.

"We live in a country where no one can be elected president of the United States without talking about their deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, and yet we are supposed to have a separation of church and state," Ross said. "You take a country like France ― that's a very Catholic country, or at least it was traditionally; it's changing demographically, like every other country in the world. But you don't ever hear politicians talking about their personal religious faith. For me, it was an example of the children's ability to parse our culture and think on their feet. It's not an attack. I mean, maybe it's attacking zealotry and intolerance."

It's Ben's teachings that rescue the family from that legal run-in. Like Mortensen's approach to his career, it's all about being crafty.

"It's an ordinary person making an extraordinary effort to be a perfect father," he said. "But obviously he's not perfect."

© The Huffington Post. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Viggo on Jimmy Kimmel TONIGHT!

Watch or set those DRVs!

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