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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

In his March Sobrevuelos Viggo wrote about how much he enjoys flying and airports. That's lucky because it's an unavoidable part of his life, spending more of his time up in the air than most. He uses the time to prepare for roles, read, write and sometimes rest and sleep. It's a home from home where he'll watch football on his laptop (perhaps a bit too enthusiastically) and cause endless confusion at airport security with his passports and his yerba maté. He has even had his face on the side of an airplane. Could I possibly put together a whole Quotable about flying, I wondered. You bet!

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'Since I grew up travelling a lot, flying is almost like being at home for me, and a plane is like my second mother.... I continue to enjoy watching people from everywhere walking through the terminals, waiting, looking for their gates - each person with their own destination, their dreams, their belongings, their preoccupations. And being in the sky during those hours when you feel as though you've escaped from linear time always seemed like an opportunity for reflection to me.'

Viggo Mortensen
Knowing How To Travel
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
30 March 2013

We human beings probably were not the first to see holes in the sky, to suppose that all that open space might be empty space. I am, however, the only person I know who has ever flown in seat 6-F of Iberia Flight 3166 at 18:58 hours Greenwich Mean Time, on the 27th June 2005, heading west by northwest over the English Channel, nearing Portsmouth. At approximately 30,000 feet we are invisible to the naked human eye watching from the ground, perceiving us as blue nothing.

Madrid to London to Connect to New York
By Viggo Mortensen
I Forget You For Ever

And you've been sent a lot of screenplays.

It's hard for me right now because we've been doing promotion for months and I don't really have much time. You think, "Ok, on the airplane, I'll read this script." But the airplane's also the one place where I can rest. So I usually end up falling asleep.

A Sense of Finality
By Markus Tschiedert
Green Cine
17 December 2003

"It's true that they've checked my luggage more than once because of the yerba maté; they don't know what it is, it looks like a pipe. I once carried a kilo of yerba in a bag, and that was the problem... It looked like a kilo of something else!," commented this maté fan about the unpleasant moments he has had to go through when he has been held back at several airports.

A Hollywood Star in RSM
Translation by Graciela
10 October 2008

"He is so kind and playful and funny off set. He's almost like a hippie. We picked him up at the airport one time, and he wasn't wearing shoes. I still have no idea how he got through the airport barefoot."

Fran Walsh
On 'The Road' And Off, Viggo Mortensen Walks The Walk
By Scott Bowles
USA Today
3 December 2009

Your face is on the side of an Air New Zealand plane - that must be pretty surreal.

I know, it's scary.

Our Kiss Was Just a kiss
by John Millar
Hot Stars
27 March 2004

'I have to tell you...what an awful combination it is to have a US passport and a Buenos Aires accent when you arrive at the Chile airport. A pretty long delay? my friends that had Spanish passports had already gone through (customs), and they were waiting? and the guy kept checking, very kindly, but he wasn't letting me go anywhere, and he talks to me in a pretty tortured English, and so I tell him: "I speak Spanish, you can talk to me in Spanish". And so he gave me a long look, and then I realized I had f***** up, really, because the combination of the accent and the passport? I was going straight to jail, or so it looked. And so another customs officer comes and says, "No, no, he is the Lord of the Rings", and so..."Welcome to Chile" and (pam, pam ? sound of passport getting stamped) "Here you go?go ahead"'.

Viggo on Radio Cooperativa, Chile
By - transcribed/translated by Graciela
Radio Cooperativa
27 March 2007

You know what? I'm not so interested in skydiving. I'm not sure why anyone wants to jump out of a plane that's working perfectly well.

The Last Word : Viggo Mortensen
Canadiens Magazine
8 December 2009

"I have written since I was a child. At six or seven, I did my first little stories. I talked about animals, kid things. At about 15, I started with poetry. I always write. In airplanes, in bed, in the bathtub."

"Writing and acting are like being a kid again"
By Eduardo Bejuk
Gente Magazine ? translated by Zooey
September 2009

'When 30 seconds of the 4 minutes added by the referee have passed, two security officials from the airport, grab me and move me away from my laptop, saying, "Sir, what is WRONG with you???" They look at my German friend but leave him alone. They separate me from the laptop and from the people. I´m still hearing the comments of those from Channel 7 on the Rojadirecta page, "...historic comeback...great victory..." The police ask me for my passport, my boarding card, they ask me a lot of things. I tell them there´s nothing wrong, that I´m sorry but I´m watching a soccer game and my team just scored a very important goal, that the game is almost over. While they ask me questions and look at my documents, I try to look over their shoulders at what is happening on the laptop, hoping that the game stays 3-2. It ends and I want to shout victory, but I know it´s not what I exactly require now with these two guys checking me out. Finally they let me go after warning me that if I start shouting again, they are not going to allow me to fly and are going to throw me out of the airport.'

Airport security get a taste of Viggo the football fan
They Want To Throw Me Out Of The Airport
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
28 May 2012

'Before Christmas, I picked [Henry] up at university in New York to visit my father. Suddenly I had this idea and asked him: "I've accumulated some air miles and we've got a few days left until Christmas Eve, so what do you think, should we take a quick flight to Buenos Aires? If we hurry, we can make the afternoon flight!" It was a close call, we took off in snow, left the plane at 38° degrees of heat in Buenos Aires and drove directly from the airport to the season's last match, which came down to the championship for San Lorenzo. The most important match of the whole year! But then San Lorenzo lost, and nobody left the stadium after the match, everyone stayed seated and cried. Me too, of course. It was highly emotional. And then Henry said to me: "You know, Dad, up to now, I was a follower of San Lorenzo. But now, after witnessing you here, I'm a true fan!"'.

Viggo Mortensen
Couch Hero
By Kurt Zechner - translated by Athelin
September 2011

The following morning he flew towards Buenos Aires. At night, he left for the USA; he had to start working on the character of his next movie. "I'll come back," he said before taking the airport escalator. I began to lose sight of him. He had a bombilla in his back pocket, a white plastic bag, and a San Lorenzo flag wrapped around his shoulders.

A Trip With Viggo Mortensen Through The Heart Of The Province
By Robustiano Pinedo - translated by Graciela
Source: El Tribuno Salta
El Tribuno Salta
14 May 2007

I've been on hundreds of planes, spent thousands of hours between times and places. We will land, and I won't be done writing about this and maybe other things.

Madrid to London to Connect to New York
By Viggo Mortensen
I Forget You For Ever

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Unknown.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

After years of resisting the pressures of modern technology, recent interviews with Viggo have shown that it has gradually crept up on him, as we can see from the progression of quotes below. He finally has a mobile phone and he has moved from exclusively using film for his photography, to shooting on film but then scanning negatives for printing digitally, and finally to mainly shooting digitally. But then ? when you are shooting digitally - is there still room for all those wonderful photographic accidents? Luckily he still has all his favourite old cameras to hand. Editing for Perceval Press, posting his Sobrevuelos and following San Lorenzo has forced him to use the computer but I'm betting he still doesn't watch much TV.

...not only does his house not contain a TV, but Mortensen's car has no CD player either, and he doesn't possess a mobile phone. He may very well be the only person in this LA hotel today who doesn't.

"I've chosen to live a certain way, and I don't want that to change," offers Mortensen by way of explanation. "I like being detached from the constant feed of phone calls and news and entertainment. So much of it is based on selling you something. If you turn on the television, if it's not the ads, it's somebody with an agenda, trying to get some political message across, or force some opinion on you. I know there are some good things on there too - The Simpsons, Sopranos, whatever - but I just feel my time is better spent reading a book, or drawing, just creating something."

Long Live the King
By Paul Byrne
April 2004

He has arrived carrying a laptop computer, which he is immediately sheepish about. He is something of a Luddite. He likes to be barefoot, sometimes even at fancy Hollywood functions. Until recently, when he started watching soccer, the one television in his Venice, California, home, was used solely to play movies. He carries no mobile phone.

'I've been portrayed as a cell-phoneless savage,' he says, not unhappily. But today he has got something to show me: galleys of several books soon to be published by Perceval Press, a small company he owns. He flips open his PowerBook G4, shrugs, and says, 'Anybody can be co-opted.'

The Appealingly Weird World of Viggo Mortensen
By Amy Wallace
March 2006

He has been a late convert to the wired world, only relatively recently starting to carry a mobile phone. 'It's antiquated, just a flip phone. I don't have a BlackBerry or whatever you call it. And there is something to be said for being isolated and out of phone range, because you can fall into a habit to such a degree that you don't even realise that you've lost something: silence.'

Viggo Mortensen's grand plan
Telegraph Men's Style Magazine
By Sheryl Garratt
26 March 2013

'You know, they have nice beds in this hotel. It's a nice change once in a while. Just like TV. I don't watch TV at home, but when I come to the hotel, it's like, all these pillows and TV! And it's like, this is great! God, why didn't I do this before, but every time, it lasts about 15 minutes before I get bored and switch off the TV.'

Viggo Mortensen
A Sense of Finality
By Markus Tschiedert
Green Cine, 2003

'I suppose I'm a private person; have been pretty much that way all along. I'm certainly not someone who can't sit for five minutes without calling someone or turning on the television set. I can entertain myself.'

Viggo Mortensen
A Visit With Viggo
By Marianne Love
Sandpoint magazine, 2004

Let´s continue with the list of your talents. You are a writer, poet, and still use pen and paper. Is that right?

"Absolutely. But partly I had to resign myself to the computer to facilitate and speed up the work of the editor."

Viggo Mortensen: "Do I look sexy?"
By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
Grazia (Italy)
9 October 2012

How are you at finding your way around the internet?

I do understand why there are people who sit in front of a computer and stay there eight hours non-stop (chuckles). It´s dangerous. I think you also have to do some physical exercise. I get into what interests me culturally: history, politics, things. To compare, to have a better idea of what has happened in some country or in some artistic area. You can spend hours. It´s wonderful the things you can find.

1 with Viggo Mortensen
By - transcribed/translated by Ollie
24 September 2012

"These days with the technology we've got, you know, on the laptop. I don't miss a single game and I try to follow everything that's happening closely."

Viggo Mortensen
'Return to Boedo' Chat on Radio Splendid
transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Radio Splendid
8 March 2012

You have made the point that your involvement with technology in photography is very limited. How much do you manipulated the images, in the darkroom or on computer for example?

VM: Some images are altered , using double exposures and scratched negatives, or layering images in Photoshop.

SND: So you're not against technology...

VM: No, I'm just not that comfortable with it. My reticence, or low-level paranoia, is not based in any firm ideological opposition to it. I don't like the distraction, so I'm wary.

Things Are Weird Enough
By Shana Nys Dambrot
Juxtapoz magazine #19

"I will often choose a particular type of film and camera, knowing that these choices will usually affect the raw exposure that I have to work with, but then I just wait and watch and see what happens. I have shot very little digitally, but have nothing against doing more of it. I do like the vanishing look of grain, flares, accidents that teach me to look closer at what flows past us."

Viggo-Works Talks With Viggo
3 April 2007

"I've photographed a lot with Leica and Hasselblad cameras but last year I started using disposable cameras. They won't be available a short time from now so it was good to use the opportunity while I could and play with them. I often expose the pictures for a long time, shoot directly into the sun. A lot of interesting things happen when the light goes through these unclear plastic lenses. The photos become different. Sometimes I throw the cameras to the ground to loosen the lens a little bit, then interesting things happen. Then you check out the films and choose the best ones. I have an opinion of how I want them to be."

Dreaming About Telling Stories
By Einar Fal Ingolfsson - translated by Rosen and Ragga
29 May 2008

"I was used to printing my pictures in the traditional way, but now I use the more up-to-date and common medium, the digital one. But I have a great respect for the image: all my pictures are shot on film, then I scan the negative. Basically, you get the same result, but more quickly, and for me, when you publish books, it's very important. Today, the paper and the ink are so good that the picture keeps the black and the contrast very well. In conclusion, the quality is as good as the one from the traditional print, so why not?"

Viggo Mortensen, The Photographer Of Dreams
By Giovanni Valerio - translated by Cindalea
Panorama First
July 2008

And what do you usually photograph? Which camera do you prefer?

It depends on the time, on where I've been, on what I go looking for. I've photographed landscapes, I've done portraits, I've worked with Eastman and Graflex 8x10 and 4x5 inch cameras that are more than a hundred years old; with a Hasselblad 2¼ x 2¼ that I acquired 30 years ago, a fifteen year old 35mm Leica, and I also started working with a digital 35mm Canon three years ago.

Viggo Mortensen: "Sometimes I have thought that I´ve been an idiot to get into this theatrical challenge"
By Liz Perales - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Cultural
31 October 2011

"Recently, I'm doing digital photography almost exclusively."

Web Chat with Viggo Mortensen
20 Minutos
Translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
6 September 2012

'A warm hello to everybody who is reading and writing. This is a different world from ten years ago because of technology, but it's necessary to be careful because any communication can be used in a negative form. There are people who use the technological advances in communication to promote negative ideas, harmful efforts towards people, to sow doubt, separation among nations, racism, intolerance. So just because of the new technology and this communication we have to be careful, work honestly. Even if someone is in a good relationship with some people, family, society, we shouldn't lose our guard too much. You have to be honest with yourself, and communicate honestly. I don't want to be a drag. Thank you very much for the conversations tonight and have a good day.'

Web Chat with Viggo Mortensen
By - translated by Margarita
18 November 2005

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Haddock Films.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

In the WWD interview this week, Viggo said that the point of Todos Tenemos Un Plan was that to live a free life you have to take risks sometimes. It's easy to see why Viggo was drawn to this as he's never shied away from taking risks. Or more specifically, living an artistic life which combines a relish for the unexpected, facing challenges which are new or make him afraid, and following his own path regardless of pressures to play safe. This is probably why Oliver Lyttelton called him 'arguably the most unconventional, maverick A-list actor around'.

"There's a saying in Spanish: Without risk there's no glory," Mortensen explained. "You can live a safe little life, but if you don't take a chance once in a while you'll imprison yourself. That's the whole point of our movie."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen's New Plan
By Constance Droganes
26 March 2013

"In my life, I never did anything while weighing the effects of my actions. If you ask me what I'm planning for the next two years, I really don't know. Acting, writing, taking pictures or painting are all things which answer the necessity to express what I have inside me. And there is no preferential order among them, only chances that I try to take day by day."

A Latin Man Comes From The North
By Riccardo Romani - translated by Cindalea
GQ (Italy)
May 2007

"I don't have a five year plan or a five minute plan. For some people that does work. That's a safer way to do it, it's maybe more remunerative. You can make a fortune and be on the cover of every magazine or whatever, but that's probably a type of prison."

Viggo Mortensen
A Fantastic Leap of Faith
by Brent Simon
Entertainment Today, 2001

"As always, I try to find something that's a good piece of writing, an interesting character, [and see] if there's a good director attached. If the other elements are good that's always extra, but it starts with the story being interesting and the character. Sometimes it's interesting but I'm not sure about it, and then you ask yourself why am I not sure about this? Is it because I'm afraid, because it's different, it's unknown? And then in which case maybe you should do it just for that reason."

Viggo Mortensen
A Fantastic Leap of Faith
by Brent Simon
Entertainment Today, 2001

"Say it's a good story and it's a character I could feasibly play, then the question is, is there something scary about it? Is there a risk that I might not be able to pull it off? If that's there, that's the final incentive because I think a little fear is healthy. It forces you to push yourself."

Viggo Mortensen: A Good Role
By Susan Griffin
Chester Chronicle
14 April 2009

What brought you to theatre?

"Fear. I've done theatre because it frightens me. I'm attracted to everything that frightens me. It's not like in film, where you do a take and then you can do another and another. Theatre is just one live take that lasts an hour and 40 minutes, depending on the performance. It's a new adventure every night. If you get off track, you have to see how to get back."

Viggo Mortensen: "I'm attracted to what scares me"
By Roció García - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El País
24 November 2011

"I find peace in Viggo´s eyes. Confronted with the giddiness of the text, you can take risks with him, walk the tightrope."

Carme Elías
Viggo Mortensen And Forgiveness
By Ulises Fuente - translated by Ollie and Rio
La Razón
1 November 2011

Having discussed the idea of directors becoming less interesting because of 'staying safe' strategies, it was wondered aloud whether some actors might have the same problem. "As you get older you get tired and it takes a lot to challenge yourself. But then it can be invigorating, probably rejuvenating," says Mortensen, enthusiastically.

Viggo's round-table at the Freud Museum
by Lucy Wiles
Felix Films
10 February 2012

Once again, Viggo Mortensen demonstrates he is a powerful actor willing to take risk (yes, I am referring to the fight scene).

Patrick Luce
Best DVDs of 2007
10 January 2008

"I knew Viggo Mortensen had a pretty new book out, and thought it might have something with the right kind of atmosphere. I needed something with horses, and most horse photographs are awful. I thought these would be good, and they were--so light and responsive, so far beyond mere composition. Even good photographers sometimes seem too calculated to me, like they're trying too hard. I love artists who are able to capture something unexpected, to allow mystery, to be led by feeling. Who take risks, invite surprise. Who are unpretentious."

Karen Fisher on using one of Viggo's photos from The Horse is Good as a cover for her book, A Sudden Country
Q&A Session with author Karen Fisher

"As conscious an exercise as making these particular pictures was, there are accidents in the images - weird spots, unexpected areas of saturation and contrast variations - strange things that I couldn't see when shooting and still cannot really explain. The longer the exposure, the more room for surprises. I like the fact that even with a medium as supposedly controlled and predictable as photography is meant to be, there still is mystery in the results. You won't necessarily be sure what you will get, where you are going."

Viggo Mortensen on Miyelo
The Man Who Would be King
By Scott Thill, 2003

VM: "What I find with poetry or painting or even acting is that mistakes can often be helpful. In the brief time I've been making paintings, I've ruined a lot of them by not knowing when to stop. But you just put it aside, and later when you come back to it maybe you remove one thing, or add something else, and all of a sudden it works, where before you were ready to burn it. Or maybe you look at it and realize it doesn't need anything at all."

DH: "You've got to take that chance, Viggo, or everything is preconceived and there's never any chance of doing something new."

VM: "A lot of people make poetry or paintings or movies that way and it works. They make money and can even move people. It's not necessarily wrong, but I prefer to take the risk of f****** it up."

DH: "It's not necessarily wrong, but the person who takes a chance ends up... "

VM: "Learning more?"

DH: "And the possibility of doing something new. I really believe that 98 percent of creation is accident, one percent is intellect, and one percent is logic. You have to make the accidents work for you."

VM: "If you can't surprise yourself, how are you going to surprise anyone else?"

Conversation between Dennis Hopper and Viggo
Viggo From 5 to 7
By Dennis Hopper
Flaunt magazine
Venice, California 4 April 1999

So does chance guide your life?

Like everybody's. What you hope for isn't worth anything. I complain and protest: my son has to go to school; I have to finish reading this book, go shopping, wash the dishes. Sometimes you have to skip those chores for a change. Not too long ago a friend visited me and asked if I was free to go to dinner. I had a lot of work: my publishing house takes a lot of my time. I was on the verge of saying no, but not sleeping enough one night isn't the end of the world. Sometimes, you have to say no. To trust in chance and in destiny, because it's the unpredictable, strange events that shape our lives. It's better to travel with hope than with the intention of reaching a specific destination.

"I wouldn't look the Alatristes of today in the eye"
By Oskar L. Belategui - translated by Margarita
Hoy Sociedad
3 September 2006

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © 20th Century Fox/Haddock Films.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

The recent Telegraph interview mentioned Viggo running out into the foyer of his hotel in 'multicoloured striped socks'. I would bet my house on them being his blue and red San Lorenzo ones. Which brings us to the fact that San Lorenzo has been all over the news recently because it's other biggest fan, Pope Francis, has just taken cuervodom into the Vatican and left us wondering if, like Viggo, he wears his team shirt under his work clothes and also has the socks. About time, I thought, for another San Lorenzo quotable ? a mixture new quotes and old some old favourites.

Wearing all manner of Buenos Aires and soccer trappings (socks, bracelet, and a San Lorenzo pin, plus a complete mate set and the sports section of The Nation on hand), Viggo Mortensen greeted the Argentinean press on his recent visit to Buenos Aires?.. He takes off his black boots and allows us to see the wide stripes on his socks in the colours of the team he loves.

Viggo Mortensen: The Biggest Soccer Fan In Hollywood
By Lorena García - translated by Margarita
La Nacion
16 November 2005

[He]...wears a San Lorenzo shirt like it's tattooed on his skin.

"I feel honored to be able to give a hand to poets"
By - translated by Zooey and Sage
Pagina 12
14 August 2009

How would you define San Lorenzo fans?

Brothers, sisters - forever.

Viggo, A True Cuervo
La Revista de San Lorenzo
Translated by Ollie, Rio, Sage and Zooey
18 April 2010

'I have enough shirts to field a whole San Lorenzo team?'

Viggo Mortensen Q&A
By Richard Deitsch
Sports Illustrated magazine
5 August 2004
Sports Illustrated magazine

'Going to the airport last week, near Barcelona, someone stole my wallet with my license, bank and credit cards, CASLA membership card, family photos, a small antique medal, almost everything I need to travel. Fortunately, they didn't steal my passport. I went to the local police before catching my flight, the mossos d'esquadra as they call them in Catalonia, to let them know in case anyone finds anything and turns it in. They were very nice. They took down my information and told me that if anything turned up, they'd call me. I contacted the bank to cancel the cards, and got on the plane. Today, a couple of hours ago, when I was already getting over the incident, the mossos called me to tell me that they'd just found my wallet. They told me that unfortunately the only thing in the wallet was my membership card. This could be seen as an insult - that the thief didn't think that such a thing could have any value - or simply as a bit of luck, a good sign. In reality, I think the thief didn't have enough intelligence to understand that that card was the most important of all the things in the wallet. Next week they're going to give me the wallet and my card, and I'll give them my thanks. I'm going to be very happy.'

Piece of Luck
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
25 July 2012

"We had our chances, but things didn´t turn out for us as we would have liked.
I was furious, very depressed. I watched the match on my laptop, in the restaurant of a gas station near Boston, USA. People were staring at me, sitting there with my San Lorenzo shirt, behaving like a crazy man, talking to the little screen, shouting at the players."

Viggo on watching San Lorenzo lose
Knowing How To Lose
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
5 March 2012

"Unconditional love, unconditional loyalty, I don't feel those for any team, or any country or anything, only for San Lorenzo. Although they fail again and again, and only end up champions occasionally, although we have a glorious but hard, and sometimes tragic, history. I like how the San Lorenzo supporter behaves; I like their traditions. They have the best songs and are the most witty, and the other supporters recognize that. And besides, they sing non-stop; it doesn't matter if we're losing 0 to 7. San Lorenzo supporters have a very rich history, of endurance above all, and a special dignity."

El mundo de Viggo Mortensen
By Manuel Martínez ? translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Esquire Latinoamerica
15 march 2012

"I'm spreading "the cuervo gospel" all over the world. That's not only my mission, but my career, that's my job. Cinema, poetry and all the rest are hobbies. Spreading the cuervo gospel, that's what I'm dedicated to..."

Viggo Mortensen
In The Name Of The Father
By Natalia Trzenko - translated by Ollie and Zooey
La Nacion
22 June 2010

?.the Cuervo ambassador to the world.

Jorge Barros
San Lorenzo Supporters Subcommittee interview
Transcribed/translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
SCH tv
20 May 2011

'But now at least I won't have to work as hard to be an ambassador for San Lorenzo around the world. The pope is taking a big load off me. '

Viggo Mortensen: Lay off the pope
By Andrew O'Hehir
20 March 2013

'I could care less about the Vatican but if you got to be pope, you might as well be a fan of San Lorenzo.'

Viggo Mortensen on Everybody Has a Plan, Argentine Popes and His Beloved San Lorenzo
John Lopez
Huffington Post
21 March 2013

Does this mean that San Lorenzo is now officially God's team?

Well... the good thing about it is I don't have to go around explaining to everybody what San Lorenzo is as much in my travels.

Viggo Mortensen on Everybody Has a Plan, Argentine Popes and His Beloved San Lorenzo
John Lopez
Huffington Post
21 March 2013

"I never thought I´d write a column. I asked if I could write about anything and they said yes; then I accepted because I wanted to talk about life, about literature, about cinema, about many things, and not only soccer. Although some heavy things have appeared of late."

Viggo Mortensen on writing his San Lorenzo column
Soledad Villamil - Viggo Mortensen: Brothers In Arms
By Nazareno Brega - translated by Ollie and Zoe
29 August 2012

...if he were called to face the end of the world as we know it, he would do it with a t-shirt from his team pressed to his heart.

In The Name Of The Father
By Natalia Trzenko - translated by Ollie and Zooey
La Nacion
22 June 2010

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © stella pictures.

Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Being a bit short of time, this weeks' Quotable is dredged up from the depths where un-used quotes I've collected lurk, hoping to be noticed. We have a comment from Lisandro Alonso, a cry from the heart from a reporter who is NOT a football fan, thoughts from another on the real value of star power, some random questions and some thought-provoking answers.

'I don't see Viggo Mortensen as a Hollywood star. He is an extremely charismatic actor who doesn´t speak too much, he is all physicality. His acting gives priority to body-language and the gaze.'

Lisandro Alonso
When Viggo Mortensen films with Lisandro Alonso
Cahiers du Cinema ? translated by Ollie and Anavel
January 2013

....warmest regards to Viggo Mortensen for attending the awards. His star power actually helped keep the electricity in the building running.

Nick Flanagan
Live-ish from the Genie Awards
9 March 2012

"If you go out with a big bunch of people, in a big fancy car, then you're essentially still the face on the side of the bus and you're inviting attention. But I try to stay low-profile and keep moving. You just have to be more nimble."

Viggo on avoiding recognition
The happy trails of Viggo Mortensen
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
18 April 2009

Oh God,no! Viggo Mortensen is wearing the sweatshirt of San Lorenzo, the Argentine soccer team of which he is a big supporter. The effect is what I feared: all male journalists present at the meeting with the actor unleash questions about who will win this game, this season, the derby ... with the result that the first 20 minutes with one of the most fascinating men in the world are wasted with talk about sports!

Viggo Mortensen: "Do I look sexy?"
By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
9 October 2012

Q: You're known to be a rabid San Lorenzo supporter. Blue and red. Don't people mistakenly think you're for Barça?

A: I'm an unconditional supporter. Yes, a few years ago they tried to beat me up at the Puerta del Sol because I was on my way to watch a San Lorenzo game wearing blue and red. I had to break one of the two bottles of wine that I was bringing to the party over one of their heads. By the way, we lost 1-7.

"When I wake up I think of death"
By Karmentxu Marín - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Pais
9 September 2012

What country is the real Viggo from?

"Regarding my emotions, my DNA and also my appearance, I would say they are 100 percent Northern European. But there's a part of me that makes me eat late at night, makes me lazy and accentuates my sense of humor. That part is tightly linked to Argentina."

By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
9 October 2012

Which living person do you most despise?

I don't think it solves anything to despise.

Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
By Rosanna Greenstreet
The Guardian
2 January 2010

When asked what else he has no tolerance for, he says solidly: "Cruelty. Deliberately going out of your way when you have a choice to make someone feel bad."

The Brain Dane
By Ariel Leve
The Sunday Times, 2003

Do you have to have the last word in an argument?

Only if I get really incensed. It usually has to do with fairness, or if I feel I've been cornered or misrepresented, then I will lash out. It's good to have the presence of mind to say: 'Can I call you back? Let me take a break and go for a walk.' Always better.

Sympathy for the devil
By Chrissy Iley
The Observer
19 April 2009

"I like to take care of my own problems, shoulder my responsibilities. I don't have a bevy of people assisting me and filtering what I hear or what I say. I'd rather be overworked and underslept and have a good idea of what's going on."

Viggo Mortensen
Q&A with Viggo Mortensen
by Neala Johnson
Herald Sun (Australia)
March 8 2007

What would surprise most people to learn about you?

Not sure. It might surprise me, too, I suppose.

ForePlay: Viggo Mortensen
ForeWord Magazine
17 January 2007

"I'm an optimist. People are resourceful. I'd like to think ? you try to do the right thing and when you're really up against it, that in the end, you'll make the right choice, even if it's not the easy one. I'm optimistic about people and about the planet and about nature. I think it's resilient, like people are"

Viggo Mortensen sets the record straight about his acting career, 'The Road' and 'The Hobbit'
By Carla Hay
25November 2009

"Life is so short! I tell myself frequently to "Go slow to go fast", to remind me to take my time in order to sample as many things as possible."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen, Charming Free-spirit
by Manon Chevalier
ELLE Quebec
Translated for V-W by Chrissiejane
December 2008

How are you doing with sins?

Lately, quite well. You do what you can where you can. Without hurting anyone.

Do you think you'll go to hell?

Well, I like to travel.

"When I wake up I think of death"
By Karmentxu Marín - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Pais
9 September 2012

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Javier Garcia Martino / Photogamma.

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