With this week's Oscar Nomination it has to be Nikolai, Nikolai and more Nikolai . So here are just a few reminders why this year is Viggo's year:
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"Viggo is a brilliant actor - beyond what people realize - and I believe that with Eastern Promises that is going to be more evident."
Eastern Promises Production Notes
20 August 2007
Source: Focus Features
.....keep your eyes on Mortensen. You could make an entire movie about the way that guy just stands in a room and quietly scans the atmosphere for even the slightest molecular disturbance.
Come to think of it, Eastern Promises may be that movie.
By Geoff Pevere
6 Sept 2007
It's a watershed role for Mortensen and, such is the commitment he offers, it's not too rash to compare his performance to Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning turn as the young Don Corleone in The Godfather Part II.
I've taken on too much...
by James Mottram, The Independent / UK.
23 October 2007
"I think people should see it just for his performance alone."
Naomi Watts on Viggo
Good Morning America
6 Sept 2007
Viggo Mortensen dares you to take your eyes off of him.
14 Sept 2007
"Viggo Mortensen gives a great screen performance.........He's completely inside his imaginative world, creating a character using invisible technique. There's a great kind of personal stamp that's idiosyncratic for the character. He explores extreme parameters within the character on his own terms and therefore creates someting entertaining and thrilling for an audience to get involved with on their own imaginative level."
Actor Geoffrey Rush after seeing the film at Tiff
Naked Viggo Mortensen: artist at work
By Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post Film Critic
14 Sept 2007
Viggo Mortensen has one of the most incredible faces in the world, striking and amazingly versatile. His rough-hewn, chiseled visage allows him to inhabit any character he wants to, regardless of background or ethnicity, and we buy into it unconditionally.
Through physical appearance alone, Mortensen can be both 'Lord of the Rings'' rugged warrior and noble king and 'Hidalgo's' half-Lakota cowboy. He was even entirely convincing as an everyman with a shady past in 'A History of Violence.'
It's no surprise then that his turn as a Russian gangster in 'Eastern Promises' is yet another triumph. What is surprising is just how fantastic he is in the role.
Although his acting chops have never been in doubt, what Mortensen accomplishes in the role of Nikolai Luzhin, the driver of a Russian mob family, goes beyond simply good acting - it's a complete transformation. With his flawless Russian accent, tattoo-covered body and a face so sharp it looks like it could cut diamonds, he becomes nearly unrecognizable, even without the use of prosthetics or heavy makeup.
Nikolai is arguably Mortensen's most deeply drawn and accomplished character to date. It's a performance worthy of the highest praise and one that will surely catapult him to the top ranks of in-demand actors...
29 Sept 2007
"Viggo's cheap, he's available and he's obedient!" laughs Cronenberg. "And he's got a great chin.'
Ties that bind
by Melora Koepke, Hour CA
13 Sept 2007