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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

It was lovely to see Viggo and David Cronenberg back together again at the Beaune International Thriller Film Festival, presenting two of their collaborations. It would be even lovelier to see them working together again! In the meantime, while we light our karma candles for a miracle, let's take a look back at that famous (infamous?) Cronenberg/Mortensen double act.

Scorsese and De Niro.
Fellini and Mastroianni.
John Ford and the Duke.
And now … David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen?

By Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star
16 Sept 2007

….exuding from their two films together is a sense of ideal alchemy, as if the sculptured physique and the Sphinx like face of the actor were made for the dry and morally complex thrillers of the Canadian film maker.

Sans Viggo, je n'aurai pas fait ce film
Les Inrockuptibles
Serge Kanaski and Julien Gester
12 November 2007

After two collaborations, they're as comfortable together as a pair of old shoes.

Behind the banter, 'Eastern Promises' actor and director offer serious insights
By Chris Vognar, Dallas News
12 Sept 2007

"Viggo's cheap, he's available and he's obedient!" laughs Cronenberg. "And he's got a great chin."

David Cronenberg
Ties that bind
by Melora Koepke, Hour CA
13 Sept 2007

"I love Viggo - it really is a collaboration," Cronenberg says. "It's like a marriage. You might see two people together and not understand why they are, but they know. We know. We feel we can get the best out of each other."

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

"I feel safe bringing things to David that weren't on the page, because he knows it's good for the movie to make people feel safe and like they are truly collaborators."

Cronenberg chuckled. "Yes, essentially I am very lazy, and I only hire people who will do all the work for me."

"And then he can take credit for it," Mortensen said, deadpan.

Mortensen, director discuss their noirish
Eastern Promises
By Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee,
12 Setember 2007

So, do when you work with Viggo, is it like being in his skin the whole time?

Yes, that's true. I can tell you that one time the props guy came to me and said, "I'm going to ask you about this because you are Viggo, and Viggo is you—so it doesn't matter which of you I ask." He saw it.

David Cronenberg's existential promises
By Jennifer Merin, New York Press
14 Sept 2007

We really trust each other's sensibility. I did talk to a director once who said, "You know this guy Viggo you worked with? I sent a script to him, and he sent me notes!" I said, "Yeah? Well, were they good notes?" He looked at me like I was crazy.

'Dangerous Method' helmer talks working with Pattinson, Giamatti on 'Cosmopolis'
By Christy Grosz
13 December 2011

How did they work to create Mr. Mortensen's Nikolai, covered in tattoos and minimalist of motion?

"I just followed orders," deadpans Mr. Mortensen, 48. "And I just told him to do whatever he wanted," says Mr. Cronenberg, 64.

Behind the banter, 'Eastern Promises' actor and director offer serious insights
By Chris Vognar, Dallas News
12 Sept 2007

When I read interviews about History of Violence, the interviews really emphasized the degree to which you two collaborate. Tell me, how do you two work together?

It's a total lie. I do everything, Viggo does nothing. I do all the work. But he pays me to say that he does a lot of stuff.

VM: Also to say that I'm thoughtful and considerate.

Talking Eastern Promises with David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen
By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Rotten Tomatoes
12 September 2007

"In the movie," said Cronenberg, "Viggo was wearing Armani. We don't allow him on the street like that, because he can't carry off the class when he's being himself."

Mortensen, director discuss their noirish
Eastern Promises
By Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee,
12 September 2007

David Cronenberg said that you and Freud both had a mischievous sense of humor.

He said that? That's nice. I see that in him too.

Viggo Mortensen
How Viggo Mortensen Got Inside Sigmund Freud's Head
By Rachel Dodes
The Wall Street Journal: Speakeasy
18 November 2011

What was it that got you interested in A Dangerous Method? Was it mostly working again with Cronenberg, or the psychological theme? Or both?

Firstly, working with David Cronenberg again. Secondly, the bait that David threw my way, in the form of an elaborate system of undergarments that Sigmund Freud was reputed to have employed on some of his summer excursions deep into the Alps. They included an elaborate system of miniaturised pulleys and wires that assisted in muscular stimulation for the steeper climbs. I was allowed to wear these undergarments in all scenes whether I was climbing or not.

Viggo Mortensen
Empire On-line Web Chat
31 January 2012

"I think my cast has great need of psychoanalysis, which is why I cast them actually, to introduce them gently to the idea that they needed help, a lot of help….And you can see they are much better people. Before they were messes. When I found them, they were neurotics, hopeless," Cronenberg said to great laughter.

Mortensen played along. "Now we dress ourselves," he retorted.

Venice Film Festival Press Conference
Cronenberg 'cures' cast in Freud-Jung drama
2 September 2011

"I just go back to work with David and he fills up all my neuroses…"

Viggo Mortensen
TIFF Press Conference Diaries: It's game on for the stars of A Dangerous Method
Ben Kaplan
National Post
10 September 2011

As I look at his nose, it appears much more Freudian than it used to.

VM: It's getting bigger, isn't it?

DC: Yeah, it is.

Cronenberg and Mortensen - Dangerous Minds
10 February 2012

Would you say you enjoy a similar intellectual relationship as Freud and Jung have on that epic first 13-hour date-slash-conversation?

Mortensen: We can have a conversation about baseball statistics as readily as we could have about psychoanalysis.

We are readers, and we do get excited when we say, "Oh, I read that same book!" and things like that, so there is that intellectual connection.

I think one of the things about you that I most like, other than just the exchanges we have intellectually and just the silly jokes we sometimes enjoy, is the fact that, each time you're making a movie, you get as excited as I do or more so about the subject. . . . You have the eternal beginner attitude. Which I think is a great thing to have for an actor, for a director, anybody.
If you enjoy what you're doing, no matter how serious the subject matter, I think you feel that when you watch the movie. I think you watch this movie — and I'm subjective because I'm in it — but I think you can see we had a good time making it.

David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen talk about 'A Dangerous Method'
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
12 December 2011

VM: Well, is there anything else? It's onerous to talk to me, I know.

DC: It's torment. I actually had to take some codeine pills before we

A Conversation Between David Cronenberg And Viggo Mortensen: The Interview
Transcribed by Patches
28 Sept 2007

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Report from the Glenn Gould Prize Event

Found By: Topaz

Our mega thanks to Topaz who attended this event and brings us this report.

© Topaz.
Well, I'm back... (to quote Sam). Had a rather wonderful Friday the 13[SUP]th[/SUP], I must say! Met my good friend Buttercup and went to the Glenn Gould Foundation press conference announcing Jessye Norman as the recipient of this year's award. Viggo had quite a long speech introducing the other 8 members of the jury, and describing the process of reaching consensus as to who the winner should be. Each of the jurors also spoke, some very eloquently, and there were a few questions from the audience. Then Foday Musa Suso (from Gambia/USA) played a performance on the kora, a 21-string plucked African lute, an instrument his family had invented hundreds of years ago. The music was rhythmic and at times kind of hypnotic, and rather beautiful. He also sang with it at times. It went on for a good ten minutes, and I found myself really savouring the experience of being in the Galleria of the Royal Conservatory, with its high ceiling and its glass walls through which you could see the pale grey sky and the branches of the trees lining Philosophers' Walk, listening to the African music which this man charmed from his instrument, and sharing this magical experience with Viggo and Howard Shore.... :)

The event took about an hour, after which time they whisked off Viggo into the elevator. I think the days when people could easily talk to him after something like this are unfortunately long gone! But Howard Shore was still around so I got to talk to him for a bit – that was really nice. I had recently heard and liked very much his new song cycle L'Aube (The Dawn) for mezzo-soprano and orchestra which was premiered by the Toronto Symphony last October.

I will try to write in more detail what was said at the event – it may take me a while, so please be patient.

In the evening I went to the concert the Glenn Gould Foundation put on at Koerner Hall "in honour of the jury". I sat in the balcony above the stage, which actually gave me a pretty direct view of Viggo where he ended up sitting in one of the side loges. But at the start he and the whole jury were on stage, and again he spoke for a while. He also read two poems!

The first was "The Journey" by Mary Oliver:

The second was his own Hillside! :) Yes! We got a Viggo poem!

"We underestimate damage
done to the sky
when we allow words
to slip away
into the clouds..."

The concert featured Alma Deutscher, a 13-year-old child prodigy from England, who played a number of her own compositions on the piano and the violin. A fine musician, who played beautifully and captivated the almost full-house audience. Viggo seemed to enjoy the concert, which went from 8 p.m. to 10:30 (with a good half-hour of speeches at the start).

© Topaz. Images © Topaz.

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The Glenn Gould Prize Concert

Found By: Chrissie

Our thanks to Chrissie for surfacing these images from last evening's event. Photos from yesterday's event at Koerner Hall, Toronto.

Images © Glenn Gould Foundation.

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Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Source: Glenn Gould Foundation.
Found By: Chrissie
Thanks to Chrissie for the find. Here's Viggo with the other members of the Glenn Gould Prize Jury. (You should be able to spot another very familiar face.)

Images © Glenn Gould Foundation.

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Viggo on Canadian TV Tomorrow Morning

Source: The Glenn Gould Fndn.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Media
© Glenn Gould.

Thanks to Chrissie for the find. News from the Glenn Gould Foundation that Viggo will be on BT Toronto tomorrow morning.

© The Glenn Gould Fndn. Images © Glenn Gould.

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