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My frustration knew no bounds this week when A History of Violence appeared a yet another list of 'underrated films'. Underrated, that is, in terms of audience figures, not critical acclaim. When it's not A History of Violence it's The Road. Or that hugely underrated Western, Appaloosa. And my frustration is mainly because one thing that is NEVER underrated is Viggo's ability as an Actor. Directors, Critics and (even more importantly) fellow Actors think he is one of the premier actors in the business. They would probably turn up to watch him read a telephone directory because they know he would make it extraordinary. Yup. I'm suffering from a bad case of Box Office.

As for Mr. Mortensen, his whole career seems to have been a set-up for this moment where he finally comes into his own and claims his own place among the best actors of his generation.

Sasha Stone reviewing 'A History of Violence'
Santa Monica Mirror
28 September 2005

'Any film he's in is a film I want to see. He's one of the greats.'

Matt Ross
Viggo Mortensen To Star In Electric City's 'Captain Fantastic'
By Mike Fleming Jnr
20 February 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman, certainly one of the great actors of our time, told us in a Venetian hallway of the Hotel Excelsior how he regarded Viggo Mortensen as one of the masters of the profession. A point of view that is totally shared.

Viggo Mortensen in the Shoes of Dr. Freud
By Nicolas Crousse
Le Soir – translated by Dom
4 September 2011

'Viggo Mortensen probably gave the best performance I have seen in a motion picture in as long as I can remember in A History of Violence .... Bill Hurt got a nomination for a rather bizarre, overly done performance in that film, but Viggo Mortensen is probably the premier actor in the business.'

Dale Olson, publicist
Oscar, You Insensitive Lout
by Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer,
February 2006

'I would want to watch Viggo Mortensen in any language.

Sanford Panitch, President of Fox International
Fox International Acquires Worldwide Rights To Viggo Mortensen-Starrer 'Everybody Has A Plan'
By Mike Fleming
5 May 2011

'To me, there's a lack of self-consciousness to the great actors. I think the performance of Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises is brilliant: he's living the guy's life on screen and you can't take your eyes off him. It's the same with Marlon Brando. You might not know why you're drawn to him, but you are.'

Actor Richard Jenkins commenting on Viggo
Metrolife film
29 June 2008

I saw "Eastern Promises," in which Viggo Mortensen is giving one of the great, great powerful screen performances. It's absolutely amazing.

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush Revisits The Golden Age
By Edward Douglas, Coming
5 Oct 2007

...when an actor like Viggo Mortensen is in front of the camera, it's best to just let the camera run and let him be. Mortensen gives a brilliant, genius performance. His character's every breath is not just his own, but a breath for his son, a breath for hope, and Mortensen conveys that with harrowing accuracy.

Brandon Lee Tenney reviewing 'The Road'
25 November 2009

What was it that drew you to Viggo. Why was he right for the role?

I think he one of the best actors in the world. In his body of work he plays such a range of different characters that I knew that he could play the two diverse roles in this movie. He is a well travelled and cultured person as well as being sensitive he can be brutal at the same time.

Ana Piterbarg talks Tigre and Viggo with The Fan Carpet's Holly Patrick for Everybody Has a Plan at the 56th LFF
By Holly Patrick
20 October 2012

"Mortensen is wonderful. He's one of the best actors at not doing anything and making you watch him all the more."

Ty Burr
Boston Globe: Take 2
October 2008

The best actor nomination for its star Viggo Mortensen made me happier than any other on Tuesday's ballots.

Jack Matthews
New York Daily News
23 January 2003

Viggo has been a fantastic performer for years, he's very subtle, he's never showboating, it's always about the character, and I think that's why it's taken people so long to realise he's not just a good actor he's a great actor."

David Cronenberg
14 January 2008

There seems to be no end to Viggo Mortensen's talents

Rex Reed
New York Observer
24 November 2009

There's a new Viggo Mortensen movie out and all is right with the world.

Jeffrey Lyons talking about 'Good'
Reel Talk
December 2008

Viggo Mortensen's versatility never ceases to amaze me.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 2008

Fantastic performance from Viggo Mortensen.....he is absolutely a brilliant actor, he is the Robert de Niro of his generation, the Marlon Brando of his generation, the man is a genius.

Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
30 September 2005

In Viggo Mortensen, Hillcoat is working with one of the current cinema's great quiet everymen, and if anyone can make the novel's stolid, unnamed hero empathic and emotionally alive on screen whilst remaining loyal to the novel's aesthetic minimalism, it's this immensely physical, restrained performer. It's a masterstroke of casting that I hope connects with its on-paper potential: if it does, I can see Mortensen leading the film's awards trail.

Kris Tapley talking about 'The Road'
August 2009

... one of the most adventurous, talented actors working in film today (his contemporaries being, in my mind Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric and Daniel Day Lewis). ...Not unlike the greatest leading men in classic Hollywood westerns, Mortensen is stoic, brimming with quiet fury.

Hitting 'The Road' with Director John Hillcoat
Matt Mazur
22 November 2009

Mortensen is truly a master of his art.

Sebastian Cordoba
7 April 2009

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © New Line Productions, Inc.

Viggo to present award on 9 March

Found By: Chrissie
Thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this exciting news!

Viggo Mortensen, Tatiana Maslany enlisted for Canadian Screen Awards

© New Line Productions Inc.
Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen and TV's Jason Priestley and Tatiana Maslany are among the famous faces set for the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards.

Organizers unveiled today a list of familiar names who will serve as presenters for the broadcast gala celebration of Canadian TV and film in March.

Mortensen will salute Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, who will receive the 2014 lifetime achievement award at this year's gala. The American actor has been a regular collaborator with the Toronto director, having starred in Cronenberg's recent films A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and A History of Violence.

© Images © New Line Productions, Inc.

Video: Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg | In Conversation | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2014

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us this clip from TIFF.

One of Hollywood's most distinguished and versatile leading men, Viggo Mortensen is joined onstage by David Cronenberg to discuss their acclaimed collaborations on A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method, and Eastern Promises, which earned Mortensen an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in director Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's film career has been marked by a steady string of diverse performances. Critics have continually recognized his work in more than 40 films, including The Road, Appaloosa, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Walk on the Moon, Portrait of a Lady, Carlito's Way, The Indian Runner, The Reflecting Skin, and the Spanish-language features Alatriste, La Pistola de Mi Hermano, and Everybody Has a Plan. He joins us for a look back at his career highlights — including his acclaimed collaborations with Cronenberg on Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, and A Dangerous Method. Viggo Mortensen image credit: Sam Jones.

© Toronto International Film Festival.

Viggo Mortensen interview with Teddy Wilson

Source: Space.
Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us this clip from the Canadian TV channel Space.

Click here to watch the video.

Viggo Mortensen in Studio Q

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Morag
Morag brings us this extended clip of Jian Ghomeshi interviewing Viggo.

The original clip can be found here.
Viggo Mortensen drops by Studio Q during before his appearance at the TIFF Lightbox to support a major retrospective on David Cronenberg's life and work. The actor has worked under his direction on A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and A Dangerous Method, but the two have also developed a bond off set that they compare to real brotherhood. Jian speaks to Mortensen about the Canadian filmmaker, but also fans out to discuss his other leading roles, long-time fears and long-term goals.

© CBC.

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