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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo
22 July 2018 22:55:49
Found By: Iolanthe
Because it's blisteringly hot over here in the UK and because it's the Silly Season, and because there is nothing yet from Green Book to cheer us up, I thought we'd have a bit of fun. Everything below is a review (some pretty daft) from Viggo's pre-LOTR films.Can you guess which films they are? Keep your answers to yourself and I'll print them here for you next week :twisted:.
Mortensen… has rarely looked so sleek, appealing and ready to play romantic leads as he does this time, gleaming out from behind a clipped mustache and a dangerous attitude. This ought to launch his career into the highest spheres.
San Francisco Examiner
He even manages the tricky balance of being horrible and seductive enough to slip you out of your soul… Plus, he manages it in a mullet.
…a magnetic actor capable of both scary outbursts and eerie, reptilian calm.
New York Times
…his silent actions are evidence that this actor is not one who doesn't need lines to act the role of his career. To a lesser-talented actor, this restriction might have resulted in a poor performance but does not.
…played with silky eroticism by Viggo Mortensen.
New York Times
Viggo Mortensen in a pre-Rings role, sporting a profoundly ridiculous blond weave, though still giving the film's best performance by miles…
Obsessed with Film
But Viggo Mortensen, well heck, now there's an actor with some bite!! If you have yet to hear much about this man, open your ears, and listen wide. This guy can act...and act well goddammit! … certainly a force to reckon for all great future character roles. Watch for him...he's hot!
Viggo Mortensen, in a small role, manages to steal a scene… without ever getting out of his chair.
I'd recommend this movie to anyone interested in seeing a younger shirtless Viggo, as well as some nicely choreographed action.
Flash Bang: Action Movie Reviews
Viggo shows up well into the film, and we see an early example of his willingness to be both vulnerable and venomous. Naturally, too, we see his buttocks, surely at least part of the appeal for some audience members.
It's interesting to watch him here as he channels a James Dean vibe, with his wedge-cut hair and sulky, almost shy delivery. He rises to the occasion when the dramatic scenes demand it, but for much of the movie his presence borders on the self-effacing, in contrast to his later work.
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