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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo
21 January 2018 13:28:50
Found By: Iolanthe
Viggo may love all things Spanish and Latin American, and he may be the greatest San Lorenzo fan in the history of fandom, but he's also Viking through-and-through. A guy who had a picture of the Queen of Denmark up in his A Dangerous Method trailer. Whose name has come from the Norse sagas. Who took Jauja to Denmark on a wonderful magical mystery tour. A star who will always be 'Viggo from Ringsted'.
What do you think of when you think of Denmark?
'I think about a beautiful landscape, I think of a country where I can be myself and meet my family, where my cousin's think of me as Viggo from Ringsted.
Viggo from Hollywood
By Poul Hoi
Denmark is also a home for me. I have travelled a lot and lived in many places, but Denmark is of course one of the places I feel at home because of the years I have lived and worked here and also because of my family, says Viggo Mortensen.
Viggo interview on Danish TV2
3 March 2015
'There is no doubt that my heart beats heavily for Denmark and, during my current visit to Denmark, the first thing I did was visit my aunt Tulle in Ringsted to have 'Biksemad'.'
My Heart Beats For Denmark
By Kim Kastrup - translated by Rosen
25 September 2007
'In Denmark, I dine at 6 pm and I'm Danish. In Spain, where I live now, I dine at 10 pm and I'm Latin.'
Viggo Mortensen: "Travelling is the best anti-war weapon"
By Yetty Hagendorf - translated by Donna Marie
Le Soir (Belgium)
2 February 2015
"… for many years, I'd dreamt of working, in Danish, under the helm of one of the great Scandinavian film directors. And so the occasion finally arrived. It took place deep in Patagonia."
Viggo's Best Actor Acceptance Speech at the Fénix Awards
transcribed and translated by Ollie and Zoe
30 October 2014
Are there concrete situations, where you feel "the Danishnes" surfacing in your behavior?
I noticed it during the shooting of Jauja. In the interaction with Vilbjørk Malling and Ghita Nørby. And also as I wander sort of aimlessly around in Patagonia as "Captain Gunnar Dinesen" it was fun to use Danish irony and humor. Generally speaking, I think I have inherited my family's ability to tease and be teased. It is not always the case that team mates in other countries understand that kind of fun."
11 August 2015
I'd like to know about the origin of the name Viggo; do you know anything about that?
It's a name that's been in all the generations of my family, in the Danish part of my family. Like all names, it comes and goes. Right now, it's relatively common but when I was born, it was seen as an odd name, an old-fashioned one. Viggo is a name that can be found in Norse sagas; it's a very old name.
Web Chat with Viggo Mortensen
Translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
6 September 2012
"I very strongly feel that I share a common past with my family in Denmark. And feel connected to the Scandinavian mythology, when I walk in the forest at Jystrup, where there are many tales told of what has happened. The Danish woods look like Tolkien's, they are the kind that doesn't look dangerous, but if you walk alone by night in the forests of Denmark, you can feel the energies of the past. I felt that already as a child, back then when I played with swords there outside my uncle's farm, played and felt like a Viking."
The American Dane
By Susanne Johansson - Translation by Majken Steen Thomassen
28 November 2001
Mortensen, one of the few Danes who can get away with a cowboy hat…
A History of Violence is David Cronenberg's Western
You have been described as the Robert De Niro of your generation, what are your views on that? And how much are you looking forward to becoming a Lego figure?
I already am a Lego figure! Very proud to be a part of Danish industry in that way. I'm not sure that Robert De Niro is a Lego figure yet, so he's got some catching up to do.
Empire On-line Web Chat
31 January 2012
"[His] poetry works because Mortensen is Scandinavian (Danish father, American mother), says Manhire, "and there is this Scandinavian myth about how poetry is a mixture of blood and honey - his poetry has that mixture."
Bill Manhire, Victoria University, NZ
"I'm a poet" - Rings star Mortensen
by Josie McNaught
Sunday Star-Times 2003
So who would Viggo side with if, for example, Denmark and Argentina met in the next World Championship final?
"Oh, that's a very difficult question that I have often asked myself. It's not unthinkable at all, because both Denmark and Argentina play good football," Mortensen says, and adds: "But if they really met each other in the World Championship final, I'd buy both countries national team jumpers and cut them through the middle. And then I'd sew them together again to make one jumper. In that way I could cheer both Denmark and Argentina. But I think it would be very difficult as far as I can see if the two teams play against each other."
I Love Danish Football
By Kim Kastrup - translated by Chrissie
24 July 2007
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To the first Viking ship to land in North America.
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
By Rosanna Greenstreet
2 January 2010
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