Viggo News

Viggo News

Jump to page:
RSS feed for this page
Print View Link to this newsitem

Viggo on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday

Source: BBC.
Found By: Iolanthe
Image Guadalupe Gaona.
© 4L Productions.
Viggo will be in converstion with Clive Anderson and other guests on the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Loose Ends'. The programme will go out Saturday 4th at 6.15pm.

"Clive Anderson is joined by Viggo Mortensen, Virginia Ironside, Jesse Armstrong, Scottee & Alfie Deyes for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy."

Full details here.

Print View Link to this newsitem

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

The revelation this week that Viggo auditioned for Reservoir Dogs has made me realise that it's time for another Quotable on all those tantalising might-have-beens. Sometimes things stalled at the audition, sometimes he was cut after filming, often without even being told. The Thin Red Line shows that it doesn't matter how big a name you are, you can still end up on the cutting room floor. Another eye-opener in the case of Oliver Stone and Platoon is the fact that he was just forgotten! A 'might-have-been' is also just an excuse to include, once again, one of my most favourite quotes. Tarzan, Viggo and Apes. The world has been robbed.

"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

What happened with The Purple Rose of Cairo, by Woody Allen, was worse as he 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?"

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

He was cast in Jonathan Demme's Swing Shift, 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

'The "Blood Red" auditions at the Actors Studio were notable for one other reason: Viggo Mortensen came by every day—barefoot, with long, dirty blond hair—wanting to audition in the worst way for one of my Italian immigrants. His dirty feet and hair scared me just as much as his blue-eyed blondness wasn't right for the cast I was building. After days of just being rude to him, I finally threw him out of the studio and told him never to darken my casting door again. I have since apologized to him for my lack of artistic vision and behavior. It's the one truly bad casting mistake I ever made. He's such a talented actor; he could have played Italian or anything else he made up his mind to do. I often use him as an example of how one-pointed, dedicated, and willing to be rejected an actor has to be.'

Pamela Guess
July 2010

[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. I was 15 years old, and I flew to New York to read with everyone. It got to the (final) Jake Ryan shot, and we had the kissing scene. And Michael Shoeffling did not kiss me during the audition - Viggo Mortensen did.

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

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

'Ironically, he had successfully auditioned for a Panida Theater stage role as Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman before learning of his selection for Penn's movie [The Indian Runner]. Deborah McShane, a Panida board member, clearly remembers the unpretentious, calm and kind man whose audition 'created an energy shift in the theater.

'Karen Bowers (Panida's manager) heard the very quiet, knowing and sensitive voice,' McShane recalls. 'She stopped what she was doing and came down the aisle. We cast him in the role.'

A Visit With Viggo
By Marianne Love
Sandpoint magazine, 2004

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

Well-known actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Mickey Rourke, and Bill Pullman did scenes for The Thin Red Line on location in Australia but went MIA in the finished three-hour print. Billy Bob Thornton's narration was likewise scrapped. Adrien Brody, who shot in Australia for three gruelling months, brought his parents to an early screening to discover that his leading role had been whittled down to a single line of dialogue. George Clooney, who featured prominently in ads for the film, is on-screen for all of 60 seconds. [my note: Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, and Lukas Haas were also completely cut from the film].

Absence of Malick
By Jessica Winter
5 October 2010

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

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

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe.

Print View Link to this newsitem


Source: Dragør Bio
Categories: Movie Promotions

Our thanks to our friend in Denmark for this tidbit and the translation.


Viggo mentioned in a tv interview that the "magic mystery tour" with Jauja in DK would start in Dragør (just south of Copenhagen, and close to Malmö in Sweden). and here is a translation of the text :


The chairman of Dragør Cinema Club, Mette Jansen, has a cousin. His name is Viggo. He sort of randomly passed by Dragør Bio together with his father, Mette and her daughter.

Later in the spring, Viggo will return to Dragør and present an American [sic] film, which he is co-producing. - With among others Ghita Nørby.
- As Dragør Bio will be the first Danish cinema, which will be showing the movie, Viggo has promised to make Danish subtitles.

He also wanted to be photographed together with the cinema director.

© Dragør Bio. Images © Dragør Bio.

Print View Link to this newsitem

Viggo in LA for Jauja Presentation this Friday and Saturday

Source: Nuart Theatre

Viggo will be presenting Jauja and Q & A's both Friday and Saturday at the Nuart in LA. (27 & 28).

You can find the details here at the Nuart website.

Images © Mantarraya.

Print View Link to this newsitem

Viggo Mortensen: "You must live your contradictions”

Source: Le Magazine Litteraire
Many thanks to Donna Marie for translating the interview posted last month from Le Magazine Litteraire.
© One World Films.
by Olivier Cariguel

The success of The Lord of the Rings helped the actor, poet in his spare time, to finance his own publishing house. He is currently playing in an adaptation of Camus.

Faithful reader of Albert Camus, actor Viggo Mortensen is playing in French director David Oelhoffen's second film, Far From Men, which his production company Perceval Pictures also co-produced. A film loosely based on 'The Host', an unknown new story from Camus, drawn from the collection The Exile and the Kingdom (1957), the last book published during his lifetime. In 1954, teacher Daru lives secluded in an Algerian Atlas school. With social unrest overtaking the countryside, he receives orders from the police to take a farmer to the city to be tried. The latter has killed his cousin with a sickle. Daru eventually agrees to take his prisoner, Mohamed (played by Reda Kateb). The two men, pursued by villagers claiming the law of blood, are inexorably linked one to the other. Daru knows that taking Mohamed to his trial condemns him to certain death. Does he have the right, the will? When he's not filming, Viggo Mortensen manages Perceval Press, an independent publishing house which he created.

You have portrayed in films many heroes of literary works. Among the best known, we can name Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, or Old Bull Lee, William Burroughs' avatar in Walter Salles' On the Road. What is your relationship to Camus?

VIGGO MORTENSEN: I have admired for a long time the work of Camus, a free man who wasn't afraid to be wrong and to learn from another. I grew up in Argentina and I started reading the translations of The Stranger, of The Plague and Caligula. When I lived in northern New York State, near the Canadian border, I learned French, which allowed me to discover in the original text The Just, The Fall, The Exile and the Kingdom. David Oelhoffen has managed a very faithful adaptation to the philosophy of Camus, I was immediately seduced by his script.

The teacher Daru lives like a monk, a solitary lord. How did you prepare for this role?

A lord? Well, I don't know about that! But solitary, certainly. Hence the title chosen by David Oelhoffen. I love the solitude; I need it often. Silence and solitude are necessary for my work as an actor, editor and writer. I also believe that there are moments in life that require you to make choices. An excerpt from a poem attributed to Tahar Djaout (1) comes to me: "Silence is death / You talk, you die / You shut up, you die / So speak and die."

Sliding into Daru's skin was a challenge for me. In Algeria, I first learned Arabic. Camus' correspondence with Char, Nuptials, and the biographies also helped me understand the cultural universe of the film. When I was playing a henchman of the Russian mafia in London in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, I found inspiration in the books of Osip Mandelstam, of Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva.

Camus has been criticised for his moral position, for not choosing sides.

Camus replied: "My homeland, it's the French language", and not: "The homeland is France or Algeria." In The Fall, he had written: "It is easier to die of one's contradictions than to live them." This is the topic of Far From Men. If you want peace, freedom, justice, you must learn to live your contradictions. Daru is for me an incarnation of Camus. The figure of the teacher is very important for him. He dedicated his speech at the presentation of his Nobel, December 10, 1957, to his teacher, Louis Germain.

In 2002, you created Perceval Press, a literary publishing house that publishes works of poetry, philosophy, history, photos...

During the 1990s, I composed two collections of poems, which I then managed to publish, and a catalogue of my paintings and my photos exhibited at a gallery in Los Angeles. I told myself that one day, if I could, I would be a publisher to publish the books and authors that I like. The Lord of the Rings was my chance. The success of the trilogy has allowed me to work with other directors and to make some money, which I've invested in Perceval Press. In the beginning, about five or six books appeared each year, now on an average three, plus reprints. Since the beginning of this adventure, I've been living in Madrid. Surrounded by a graphic designer and a person in charge of sales, I supervise every stage of the editing process.

Why this name of Perceval?

An episode of the Arthurian legend stuck with me. When Perceval and his companions of the Round Table stop at the entrance to the forest, they decide that each will go to look for his own road. Symbolically, each person, each artist must be himself to find his way. This can be done at home, in a forest or in the desert of Far From Men...

To write a good poem requires discipline, discretion and precision. I often start with situations of everyday life. One day, in Tehran, I see a tourist bus parked in front of my hotel. The name written on the side of the bus, I forget you forever, intrigues me. Isn't that a strange name for a transport company? It became the title of one of my books of poems and travel photos... In late February, there will be a reading of my poems in Barcelona, and I'm about to release an anthology of new Argentine poetry.

1) Tahar Djaout (1954-1993), poet, novelist and Algerian journalist killed in an attack in Algiers, author of four novels published by Éditions du Seuil.

© Le Magazine Litteraire. Images © One World Films.

Display options:
Order by:        
Jump to page:
RSS feed for this page
Last edited: 1 April 2015 14:11:01