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Viggo Interview from the Red Carpet

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Thanks to Chrisie we have a videoclip from Cinemabang at last night's red carpet.

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Viggo Mortensen: “Thirteen Lives reflects a very selfless act of humanity”

Source: Metro Philadelphia.
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"by María Estévez

‘Thirteen Lives’ chronicles the events of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue that made global headlines for several months. It narrates about three cave divers who have to make impossible decisions and face life and death bets as they work to save the trapped junior football team and their coach.

Viggo Mortensen stars as diver Rick Stanton, while the real Stanton was involved in the production as an on-set technical adviser. The American actor, poet, painter, musician and filmmaker talked with Metro about the new movie.

What impacted you during the shooting of ‘Thirteen Lives’?

I mean, especially what we had to do underwater. Rick Stanton was there during rehearsals with all the actors; Jason Mallison also came, he was one of the real-life rescuers. They helped us to not only swim like them and move like them but to be safe. And the way we worked as a team reflected what the rescue entailed. We really worked together above water as much as underwater. And underwater, I would say it was maybe even more important because even though you’re shooting a movie, and it’s somewhat a controlled situation, whenever you’re underwater and you’re in caves, it’s dangerous. And so all the actors listened very carefully to what they were showing us, telling us, and watched what they did very carefully. Everybody worked hard. Everybody pulled together.

Did you follow the story while it happened?

As the rest of the world, of course. It reflected the real rescue in that it was a very selfless, team-oriented effort. That was my motivation for making this movie. It felt, at times, very real. Sometimes too real. There were some very tight spots underwater.

Is it true that you led the group of actors to Ron Howard and asked for the real divers to double you?

Yes, I requested that. We didn’t want anybody else to double us. We are learning this and we’ll do it. Whatever it takes.

You have time to write poems, paint, take photos…

My life is crazy, but I like to have control over that craziness. Even as a child I was always very active, exploring here and there. Now I want to stop, rest, get closer to my personal circle and establish what my next step in life is going to be. As actors, we spend our time planning. I want to dedicate myself to not talking about myself, I want to listen to others.

Do you have many “ifs” in your career?

I try not to guess too much. We (actors) tend to do it all the time. “I should have done that scene like that, or how did I come up with that.” I’m good because, although I question myself, I don’t torture myself. Nor do I live in denial of the evidence."

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Going underground: inside Ron Howard’s explosive movie about the Thai cave rescue

Source: The Guardian.
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From The Guardian

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Thirteen Lives - Anatomy of a Miracle

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New promotional clip:

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Viggo Mortensen Stared Death In The Face While Making Thirteen Lives

Source: Slash Film.
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Actors often do a lot for their craft, and sometimes that puts them in harm's way. Such is the case for Viggo Mortensen, who stars in Ron Howard's upcoming film "Thirteen Lives," which recounts the events of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in the Chiang Rai Province of Thailand. Mortensen will play Richard Stanton, a central figure in the rescue and an accomplished cave diver, and discussed the lengths he went to learn the practice in a recent virtual press conference.

"One thing Rick [one of the divers training the cast for the film] kept talking about was, 'Remember to just breathe calmly. Control your breathing," explained Mortensen. "The more nervous you are and you're breathing shallow, you're using up all your air."

Unfortunately for him, there was one moment on set where he was doing just that, leading to a harrowing experience that could've ended horribly if not for the trained professionals on set:

"I managed to get through this tight spot, but I really had a moment there where I started to breathe fast, and I was like [imitates trying to breathe], and there was nothing."

Part of Mortensen's training involved diving and swimming in very cramped spaces in order to simulate the rescue's actual conditions. Thankfully, these conditions were simulated with professionals, but there were times that it felt all too real:

"There were a lot of places that were so narrow that you had to just wiggle through. Sometimes you had to take your, while you were underwater, without disconnecting from the air — then go through this wiggle area, [and] put the tank on. Do this all calmly. We had two tanks. If something went wrong with one, just be calm. Don't freak out, because you can drown in a few seconds. Once you freak out and you swallow a little water, you're done. Even though it's a movie ... nobody can get to you fast enough, and so forth."

This led to a moment, Mortensen explained, where he accidentally rolled onto one of his oxygen tanks, turning it off in the process. He explained that he tried to remain calm and eventually was able to revert to his other tank, but there was a moment that felt like nothing he'd ever felt before. While he was thankfully able to get things back under control, this incident serves as another reminder of just how important proper safety protocols and training are on film sets. Without the expertise of the real-life divers, things could have gone much differently.

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