"I DON'T WANT TO MISS HIS INFANCY"
Diario de León - 10.14.2006 - No quiero Perdeme s....
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The actor signed one of the banners which the association Realm of León received him with, took a carea dog and arranged to meet Javier García-Prieto to have a stew in Valdeteja.
By Asun G. Puente / Cristina Fanjul
Viggo Mortensen's smile grew even wider when the president of the County Council, Javier García Prieto, referred to Valdeteja and to San Lorenzo de Almagro, his football team. The American actor was given a welcome worthy of a favourite son. At the doors of the Palacio de los Guzmanes a display of the banners of the Realm of León awaited him, and he signed one of them with the inscription "Gracias León, que viva" (Thank you León, Long Live)
The American actor arrived at the seat of the County Council at half past twelve p.m., putting the finishing touches to a speech in which he focused in a special way on Valdeteja, the village where he found the character who has made us look straight at the origin of our decline, the essence of what we are.
Hundreds of people applauded the sentences that the actor's slight Argentinian accent was slipping during a speech in which there were moments for gentleness - "One remembers and keeps on coming back"- and for sharpness - "I was told there was going to be a Christ (tr. note: accurate translation would be kick up a big fuss; left the literal translation to understand Viggo's pun) and so it seems", he said after receiving a sculpture of the crucified of Carrizo
After listening to the León anthem, performed by the Capilla Clásica (Classic Choir), Félix García, secretary of the Leonese Canine Society, gave him a carea puppy, an autochthonous Leonese breed. Viggo Mortensen assured that he would take him to England (where he'll start to shoot his next film) and told he didn't want to miss his infancy. Previously he had been offered two Mastiffs called Alatriste and Aragorn, the lastest characters he has played.
The actor didn't part with Firme (the dog's name) until he went out of the Council president's office heading for La Bodega Regia.
There he signed the restaurant's honour book: "Very grateful for letting me sign right after the wife of the Prime Minister and good Leonese Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero", he received from the deputy mayor, José María Rodríguez de Francisco, the rooster of San Isidoro - "there are lots of weathercocks here" (tr. note: accurate trans. would be changeable people. Another play on words) , commented the president - and they all drank a toast to León. One anecdote: Cristina Gómez was toasting with water and the actor (in order to ward off bad luck) splashed some wine with his fingers on the town councillor's glass.
After gathering in small groups, where they talked mainly about his next film, the actresses he has worked with - "the Spanish ones are fantastic" - and the road to Collada, the president invited him to have a stew in Valdeteja. The Councillor of Infrastructures, Ángel Calvo, promised him the road would be fixed by then.
A companion in England.
Can I travel with him?. Viggo Mortensen, on the president's chair in the image, chose this carea named Firme which he'll take to England. "I'll travel to Rome, England and Germany, and I don't know whether they'll let me travel with him. I don't want to miss his infancy", he said.
Signing the banner.
Thank you León, Long Live. The actor signed one of the banners that the association Realm of León brought to the County Council to welcome him. The actor wrote the inscription "Gracias León, que viva". He also carried the score of the anthem sung by the Capilla Clásica.
The Christ of Carrizo.
The gifts. The County Council and the City Council gave Viggo Mortensen, in addition to the golden medals, the diploma of each medal, a reproduction of the Christ of Carrizo and the rooster of San Isidoro. And later at the City Council he received a medal of the Virgin of El Camino.