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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

As the Magical Mystery Tour has travelled around Denmark all week in the Jaujamobile, time to take a look at all things Danish! For all his travels, Denmark is often described by Viggo as 'home', providing a fixed point that anchors him with strong family connections. As a mixture of the 'methodical North and more chaotic South' of Argentina, how does he juggle both the places he loves?

'There is no doubt that my heart beats heavily for Denmark...'

Ekstra Bladet
By Kim Kastrup - translated by Rosen
25 September 2007
Source: Ekstra Bladet

What is it about Denmark that you like?

I don`t know. It`s just home somehow.

Viggo and Aunt Tulle Meet the Press in Denmark
22 October 2005

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
20 Minutos
Translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
6 September 2012

"It would be like being called Herbert…"

The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine
April 2004

Following university, he travelled to Copenhagen to discover his Danish roots, exploring, picking up work at the docks and in a flower market. "It felt important that I should know about that part of me."

The Outsider
By Martyn Palmer
The Times
17 September 2005

"In Denmark, I discovered the sense of family and a certain work ethic. I am very close to my uncles, aunts, cousins and I am emotionally very open with them. I am a strange mixture of very methodical North and more chaotic South."

Viggo Mortensen - The Anti-star
By - translated by Kaijamin
Paris Match
2 October 2008

"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."

Viggo Mortensen
The American Dane
By Susanne Johansson - Translation by Majken Steen Thomassen
Berlingske Tidende
28 November 2001

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.

Empire On-line Web Chat
31 January 2012

It was the World Cup at the time, so he's a massive football fan, so all these flags started going in his trailer. He had a picture of the Queen of Denmark up. I was watching him from my trailer, "What's he doing today?" [Laughs] He's a very interesting guy.

Michael Fassbender on meeting Viggo
Michael Fassbender Explores A Dangerous Method with Movie Fanatic
by Joel D Amos
25 November 2011

" father is from Denmark, I´ve lived in that country and speak the strange language they speak there. And 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

I take a seat among my compatriots Ghita and Viilbjørk. People laugh several times, the Danes the most. It's because the film, besides being beautiful and profound, has very Danish humor, dry and ironic. Dinesen is a kind of Scandinavian Quixote.

Viggo talking about the Jauja Cannes Premier
Something Material
By Viggo Mortensen, Fabián Casas and Lisandro Alonso - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
31 May 2014

[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

'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

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
Ekstra Bladet
24 July 2007

Someplace, in the back of your mind, you need to have a fix point, a place you call home, and Denmark is that to me'.

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo from Hollywood
By Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine), 2001

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
The Guardian
2 January 2010
The Guardian

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© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Ludvig Dittmann.

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Nice Photo of Viggo in Ringsted Yesterday

Found By: Iolanthe

Thanks to Iolanthe for the find.

© Images © Kenn Thomsen.

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Jauja released in Mexico today.

Source: Mantarraya.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Jauja Movies
Thanks to Chrissie for providing this announcement indicating locations where the film is showing.

Images © Mantarraya.

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Viggo in Ringsted

Found By: Chrissie
Chrissie brings us this report from Ringsted at

Viggo Mortensen indtog Ringsted

© 4L Productions.
Utålmodigheden bredte sig i Tinggade uden for Kino Ringsted fredag aften, hvor verdensstjernen Viggo Mortensen havde meldt sin ankomst en halv times tid før visningen af hans første dansksprogede film Jauja.

Men efter et kvarters ventetid kom den lokalkendte kosmopolit gående afslappet til den biograf, hvor han som barn og ung har set film med andre stjerner.

Det var imidlertid første gang i den nuværende biografdirektør Steen Kristensens tid, at Viggo Mortensen var på »officielt besøg« - og det var tilmed blevet arrangeret i al hast i onsdags - med Viggo Mortensens faster, Tulle Olsen, som mellemled.

Tulle Olsen var, som det vil være de fleste bekendt, indtil for nylig og i en længere årrække formand for handelsstandsforeningen i Ringsted, og det var hende, Steen Kristensen ringede til i onsdags, da rygterne om Viggo Mortensens besøg begyndte at svirre i byen. Kort efter, at Steen Kristensen havde talt med Tulle Olsen, ringede Viggo Mortensen selv som dennaturligste ting i verden til Steen Kristensen og bebudede sit komme.

Og det blev en fredag med ekstra stjernedrys for det relativt store publikum i biografen - i betragtning af at der er tale om en såkaldt »smal« dogmefilm i det gammeldags format, og endda med runde hjørner!

© Images © 4L Productions.

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More Images from the JMMT

Found By: Chrissie

Thanks again to Chrissie. The Cinemateket in Copenhagen have updated their Facebook with a few more photos. Love the one of the collection at the front of the 'Jaujamobile'.

And here's another one from last night in Gudhjem:

Brief video from Gudhjem here

Images © Jacob Hansen and TV2 Bornholm.

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