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Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali’s ‘Green Book’ Set for Awards-Season Release

Source: Variety.
Found By: Lindi
Categories: Green Book

Thanks to Lindi for the find.


Universal has given road-trip drama “Green Book,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, an awards-season release of Nov. 21.

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Production companies are Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures. Peter Farrelly directs the movie, based on a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

Mortensen portrays an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education who is hired to drive a world-class pianist, played by Ali, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. They must rely on the "Negro Motorist Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for blacks. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive.

Producers are Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler and Farrelly along with Farrelly's fellow writers, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. The drama is executive produced by Octavia Spencer, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, along with Cinetic Media's John Sloss and Steve Farneth, as well as Kwame Parker. Linda Cardellini co-stars.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

According to the British press last week, Yerba Mate is becoming very popular in the UK (though I've managed to resist its bitter green charms so far). As well as being an ambassador for San Lorenzo, Viggo has also been a pretty good ambassador for herbal tea, which he credits with giving him so much energy. His bombilla has bemused interviewers all over the world and become known as the guy who, in the words of one writer, 'totes his own teapot'…

Viggo Mortensen, the man who is Aragorn -- the most heroic warrior in the most heroic movie of all times, "The Lord of the Rings", glides onto his chair. Viggo is barefoot, he holds a wooden brass decorated cup with a silver straw and some greenish fluid inside. He slurps. It's Mate tea. Viggo -- was it mentioned already? -- well, he's different.

Viggo Mortensen
By Bernd Volland Translated by JoannaP
Stern Speziel Biografie
April 2003

The Argentinian. The cuervo. The Lord of the Rings. The one who teaches people to drink mate on million dollar sets.

The Habit Of Giving It All
By Juan Manuel Dominguez - translated by Ollie, Sage and Zooey
20 June 2010

Viggo Mortensen rolls his own cigarettes, totes his own teapot…

By Hugh Hart
San Francisco Chronicle, 2003

…a rejuvenating South American tea that resembles wholegrain mustard from where I'm sitting.

Viggo Mortensen: A Method Actor in Middle-Earth
By Ryan Gilbey
The Independent
14 December 2001

"Eastern Promises" finds Mortensen playing Nikolai Luzhin, a Russian ex-con tattooed from head to toe with elaborate designs detailing his every misdeed and prison stint. He puts out lit cigarettes on his tongue, can fight to the death while naked and has a knack for snipping the extremities off corpses to make them more portable.

So it's a little underwhelming when Mortensen walks in and starts bustling around, brewing up a pot of herbal tea and assembling a lovely plate of fresh berries.

Viggo's 'Promises'
By Sara Stewart
New York Post
26 Aug 2007

"It's not lawn clippings, I promise."

Viggo offering a journalist mate
Return Of The King Press Junket: Viggo Mortensen
By Nazz
December 2003

He smells of woodsmoke, as though he's just returned from some manly pursuit like chopping logs in a forest. Again, highly possible. He does have a home in the remote mountains of Idaho, surrounded by woods. In fact the scent is wafting from his cup of tea.

Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
Chitra Ramaswamy
The Scotsman
24 May 2013

A black-red bag hangs down a shoulder and the other hand holds the mate bin (the bitter, rich of caffeine Argentinean tea) with its straw, a bit raised as if it was the Holy Grail cup.

Viggo Mortensen, by Lorenza Del Tosto
Translation by Cindalea
5 July 2007

An encounter with Viggo is sitting on a porch, drinking a bombilla of mate and watching time pass in such a way that every now and then new reflections, inquiries, ways of looking at things arise. It can take a whole season. Watching many skies pass by.

River Mortensen
By Ramón Raboiras - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
September 2012

Viggo Mortensen loves rituals. He never changes his habits, no matter where he goes. For example, he enters the villa in Deauville – made available by the French top jeweler Cartier – in bare feet, as if he is in his own living room.

In his right hand, he is holding a cup with his favorite beverage: maté – an herbal drink from Argentina, the country where he spent the majority of his childhood. He also remembered to bring a silver straw, the bombilla.

The actor explains why he always behaves the same way, no matter where he is in the world. "In this business you're travelling half the time. Sometimes I feel like a world traveller who doesn't know where he'll sleep the next day. I am exaggerating a little, but I do value my habits, so I can quickly feel at home. If I don't, it takes me too long to adapt to strange surroundings. That's very important for an actor. That way he can more quickly concentrate on his role."

Viggo Mortensen Goes To Bed With A Shotgun
By - translated by Airwin
Algemeen Dagblad
27 April 2009

In the harsh noon glare that seemed more Captain Fantastic than Cecconi's in West Hollywood, we asked the SAG Outstanding Cast nominees — aka the actors who played Mortensen's six onscreen children — what he smells like.

"Tea!" was the universal response. Specifically, green tea and mate, which he drinks out of a special straw and bowl. "That's what he smells like, non-stop, 24/7," said Nicholas Hamilton, who plays Rellian. "He smells like tea, yeah, green tea," Shree Crooks, who plays Zaja, agreed. Samantha Isler, who plays middle daughter Kielyr, offered, "He smells like wisdom." Crooks added, "And beef jerky. Beef jerky, tea and berries."

What Does Viggo Mortensen Smell Like? An Investigation
NY Magazine
29 January 2017

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Iolanthe's Quotable VIggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

So – I spent yesterday evening dressed as a Fairy (not the warmest of garb) and performing songs outside in a wooded garden while trying to stay upright against a stiff gale. Those fairy wings act rather like a sail! It was so cold the audience had blankets wrapped around them (I had blanket envy). So, unsurprisingly, this Quotable is about acting with (against?) the weather. And we all know who the King of the Elements is – Viggo of course. Pretty much nothing stops him (and I make no apologies for the length of one of the quotes below because it sums him up perfectly!) although I'd like to see him try some of it in fake wings and a tutu… :lol:

When the elements, the weather and the terrain get tough, Viggo gets going.

Interview with Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Contender
3 September 2009

Any time I'm outdoors, whether it's in a desert or a sea or the forest. I like the elements - whatever the weather is, I don't feel that any moment is wasted at all.

Viggo Mortensen: "It's my nature to do a lot"
10 July 2012

...we had this two-day, one-night wilderness survival camp, with just the six of us kids and a guide," she said. "We each were given a knife and had to figure out how to survive. We had to track down our food, purify water, build a shelter. I love being outdoors, but this was pretty extreme."

"We were building fires because in the forest it was so incredibly dark," Isler said. "All of a sudden, we heard these sounds and saw this shape coming toward us through the forest. It was Viggo, who said he wanted to bring us beef jerky and dried cherries. And we were all like, 'How in the world did you find us?' "

Tulsa teen actress Samantha Isler talks about her role in 'Captain Fantastic'
By James D Watts Jnr
Tulsa World
29 July 2016

Myself, I love the rain, especially falling asleep to its music, ideally sounding on a metal roof, and I with a book in my hands and/or an old movie on TV, but I´m actually seduced by the rain´s melody on any surface... 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

"What I've seen with Viggo is that he is able to use the environment more so than any other actor I've worked with before to put him where he needs to be emotionally… And maybe it's pouring down rain, and he'll walk away from umbrellas, raincoats. He'll walk away from any tent that's being offered or any blanket to be intentionally cold and wet, and it seems to take him to a place that's quite remarkable. I've seen it happen over and over again in the snow, the rain, cold, the fog – anything that he is able to use that puts him in the world of the character."

Simmons (producer)
Interview with Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Contender
3 September 2009

How was it to jump in the ocean [in The Road]?

It was very cold. I asked for another take, but they were terrified. They didn't want me to. They had ambulances. The water was 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind was just really blowing. The air temperature was the same, but because there was howling wind, I was practically frozen. I think the air was probably freezing. It was so extreme. They had an ambulance and they had all these heaters on, and I just sat in there with a bathrobe and said, "Just tell me when you're rolling. I'm just going to run out and go."

Interview: Viggo Mortensen Travels THE ROAD
Christina Radish
9 November 2009

'It was a good decision to shoot [Todos Tenemos Un Plan] in the winter because it gave character to the movie. But it put us under more pressure, too, because there were fewer hours of daylight. It was cold, and the weather was quite changeable. But it was beautiful.'

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen's grand plan
Telegraph Men's Style Magazine
By Sheryl Garratt
26 March 2013

On the horizon, nothing. Or nothing much. A land flat and dry, hardly covered by a thin layer of vegetation where only snakes and cacti with sharp needles survive. On this April evening on Friday 12 to Saturday 13 the gusts of wind shake the tents and knock down the lamps that illuminate the first kilometres of the Argentine pampa with a white light. Clouds of smoke surround the twenty or so people who fight against the elements. Some are jumping up and down or wrapping themselves in blankets, others are drinking one maté after the other. Gathered around the fire, all of them are trying to hold on, drinking heartily from the whiskey bottles going round. This looks like a war, but it´s a film. After almost nine hours, the film crew are shivering with cold and doing one take after the other, while director Lisandro Alonso, hair in the wind and a thin parka covering his shoulders, runs from one place to the other. A hailstorm swoops down without warning. "That´s what the end of the world must look like," says Fabián Casas, writer and scriptwriter of the film, in a faint voice, sheltered at the back of a tent, wrapped in a woollen shawl. Then, out of nowhere, a man in pyjama bottoms and white open shirt emerges barefoot. Viggo Mortensen walks in the middle of the night, asks for "a cigarette" in French, bending down to light it from the embers. Waiting to enter the scene, he sways in the wind. "Viggo, be careful, you are going to hurt yourself; there´s cacti everywhere," Nicolás, the assistant director, tries to warn him. The actor hears but doesn´t listen. "Action." Mortensen runs, passing before the camera, rummages inside a tent, shouts in the night "Ingeborg! Ingeborg!," retraces his steps and goes off camera. Hands on his knees, he pants, regains his breath and suddenly he starts laughing loudly. On the set, eyes meet asking themselves what is it? Who is this guy?

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

I remember one time when we were trying to shoot [Hidalgo] in the Sahara, where you get these atrocious winds; it was hot, there was sand in the cameras. I heard everywhere: 'this is hell!' and, deep down in my heart, I thought 'this is a giggle compared to Lord...'."

Viggo Mortensen
A Year in the Life of Viggo Mortensen
by Sophie Benamon
Studio Magazine

Mortensen's humility and generosity turned his Rings co-stars into some of his biggest fans. They tell you of the time when a snowstorm shut down production. The cast was being transported to safety when Mortensen seized a four-wheel drive vehicle and drove back to the set in order to save the hobbits' four-feet-tall scale doubles from getting snowbound.

The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
January 2003

'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

"Even if it rains, even in bad weather, even if I'm on top of the most uncomfortable rock in the world. I feel happy in that setting."

Viggo Mortensen - Passage To Hell
By Ruben Romero - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zooey
On Madrid - El Pais
5 February 2010

"When we needed more wind, and after a long dead calm, Viggo sniffed and said: "This afternoon it's going to rain.' And so it was.'

Agustín Díaz Yanes
Reunion with Alatriste in Uclés
Diario de León, by Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno - translated by Paddy
26 June 2005

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo!

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Quotable Viggo

This week's Quotable is short and sweet – in fact very short and sweet as they are all one-liners. Lots of old favourites but, hey, they sum him up so well so let's enjoy them again!

They don't make them like Viggo Mortensen anymore.

A Reader interview with Viggo Mortensen
By Ben Olson
Sandpoint Reader
13 January 2017

…the very definition of a 21st century Renaissance Man.

Validation for Viggo
Richard Horgan
22 January 2008

The man has never disappointed us.

Viggo Mortensen in the Shoes of Dr. Freud
By Nicolas Crousse
Le Soir – translated by Dom
4 September 2011

Viggo Mortensen, who seems only loosely tied to modern life at the best of times...

Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
18 August 2016

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

Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?

Jill Lawless
Associated Press
2 September 2014

He's like a one-man United Nations.

The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars
Empire Magazine
October 2013

…he… can fill a digital recorder with wall-to-wall perspective.

Kris Tapley
In Contention
10 September 2009

Viggo Mortensen is an extraordinarily beautiful man.

Viggo Mortensen: "It's my nature to do a lot"
10 July 2012

Jean-Jacques Rousseau trapped in the body of Rudolph Valentino.

Viggo Mortenson is complicated
By Micjelle Devereaux
San Francisco Bay Guardian
12 September 2007

[He] wears a San Lorenzo shirt like it's tattooed on his skin.

"I feel honored to be able to give a hand to poets"
By - translated by Zooey and Sage
Pagina 12
14 August 2009

…he stashes chocolate on his person like a marsupial…

A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

..constitutionally incapable of creative blockage.

True Colors
By Margot Dougherty
Los Angeles Magazine

His star power actually helped keep the electricity in the building running.

Nick Flanagan
Live-ish from the Genie Awards
9 March 2012

'I would want to watch Viggo Mortensen in any language.

Sanford Panitch, President of Fox International
Fox International Acquires Worldwide Rights To Viggo Mortensen-Starrer 'Everybody Has A Plan'
By Mike Fleming
5 May 2011

Viggo Mortensen is not about the words. He's about being... present. .......

Ray Pride
Movie City News
4 March 2004

…there is enigmatic and then there is Viggo Mortensen…

On Viggo Mortensen
By Ryan Gilbey
4 December 2007

…arguably the most unconventional, maverick A-list actor around.

Five Things We Learned In Toronto From The 'A Dangerous Method' Star
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
14 September 2011

He never had Champagne dreams and caviar wishes…

Viggo Talks and Talks
By Zoe Heller
T Magazine
2 December 2011

If fame came with a report card, Viggo's would say can do better.

The Man Who Would Be King
By Nick Dent
December 2001
Black & White magazine, #58

'…there are some silly-genes in our family, that he benefits from.'

Aunt Tulle on Viggo interview
15 October 2008

"Doesn't everybody want to be Viggo Mortensen? I do!"

Matt Ross
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen & Family
by Christine Westwood
11 June 2016

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