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Quotable Viggo: 28 February 2010

While revamping our film quotes section (and - of course - stopping to read all the time) I was surprised just how many there were for The Indian Runner and how insightful they were. Well worth their own special Quotable. With Viggo playing a part that Sean Penn strongly identified with, it was bound to be an interesting shoot. It's also good to know that Viggo's habit of bringing 'the kitchen sink' to the set started so early. After reading these you'll want to get the DVD out and take another look...

© Westmount.

I was over at Robin [Wright]'s little house in Santa Monica Canyon, waiting for her to get dressed for a date. The television was on, sound off, and I saw a face: he was only a cameo in a movie, but I saw the face that I'd had in my head when I wrote Indian Runner. He had something, an angularity, a severity to his handsomeness that I perceived as being 'like Frank'. So I watched the movie through, and I called Don and said, 'Find out who he is.'

Sean Penn
When Viggo Met Sean
7 Sept 2007
Excerpted from Sean Penn: His Life and Times by Richard T. Kelly (UK: Faber and Faber, US: Canongate US, 2004)

'Seeing his face and his expression, I knew it was him. I was praying for such a wonderful actor. I wasn't disappointed..'

Sean Penn
Viggo Mortensen: The magician of The Lord of the Rings
by Aurelie Raya
Paris Match
Jan 8, 2004

[Sean Penn] sent me the script and I was instantly hooked. At the start, I preferred the character which was finally played by David Morse. Mine was just described as "the baddy'. But I said to myself that, behind the slightly too obvious behaviour of Frank Roberts, there had to be a really complex reason. The filming was extremely interesting ... The more so because Sean was very involved.

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen: The Soul of a Warrior
by Juliette Michaud
Studio Magazine
December 2002

'I had always thought of Frank as a barking dog that bites,' Penn says, 'so I asked Viggo to spend some time with a friend of mine who's a Hell's Angel who knows the world and also is a fighter - not that there's a lot of fighting in the movie, but I felt that he should know it and be able to feel that physical confidence.'

Sean Penn Bites Back
By Christopher Connelly
October 1991

'Hopefully what will come across is that he does things he does because he's pure, pure good and pure bad,' explains Mortensen. 'I mean, compared to me and most people I know - we kind of have little controls and little ways of limiting our behaviour and our reactions to people. Frank doesn't really do that.'

Sean Penn Bites Back
By Christopher Connelly
October 1991

SEAN PENN: "Viggo's inherent kindness as a guy showed in a sort of languid movement. And that was a lesson for me about what parts of people express themselves without trying."

When Viggo Met Sean
7 Sept 2007
Excerpted from Sean Penn: His Life and Times by Richard T. Kelly (UK: Faber and Faber, US: Canongate US, 2004)

Sean had decided that Viggo and I were going to rehearse for two weeks, but we were only going to rehearse our big scene in the bar. So he had a bar set up in a gymnasium where we could shoot baskets but also really do our work. And during those two weeks, I have a feeling it was harder for Viggo, because Sean identified more with the role of Frank, and he would really try to push him to do certain things. But Viggo just kept holding back. He never really did the scene in those two weeks.... I think Sean was still a little nervous going into the bar scene. Then I remember a real struggle for what was going to happen, what the moments were going to be between the two of them. And something happened, it crystallized, and suddenly Viggo was on fire.

David Morse
When Viggo Met Sean
7 Sept 2007
Excerpted from Sean Penn: His Life and Times by Richard T. Kelly (UK: Faber and Faber, US: Canongate US, 2004)

I think I stimulated Viggo's temper. And, as I remember, I think I got a little bit personal. But I think he was professionally responsive, he knew where to go for what I was looking for. When you're abusive to an actor, it's one thing-when you're abusive to a character, it's another. And I think I found it was helpful to both of us to raise my own tempo a little bit, get in the same place as him, share the vibe . . .

Sean Penn
When Viggo Met Sean
7 Sept 2007
Excerpted from Sean Penn: His Life and Times by Richard T. Kelly (UK: Faber and Faber, US: Canongate US, 2004)

"He was dazzlingly committed all the time. He literally brings the kitchen sink for a character," says Penn, who delighted in seeing Mortensen arrive on set each day with a "Santa Claus sack" full of various props he'd chosen. "He's an often solitary, very poetic creature, Viggo, and all of that worked [for the movie]."

History Teacher
by Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly
August 19, 2005

....in my favorite scene from the film, he startles a neighbor who has called at his door, yanking her Elvis t-shirt over her face while an inquisitive old coot looks on. Mortensen oscillates between drowsy menace and raucous mania, making you unsure of the scene's intended tone, and of him; it recalls Jack Nicholson's infamous diner scene in Five Easy Pieces, only without the comforting hint of showmanship.

On Viggo Mortensen
By Ryan Gilbey
4 December 2007

In a pivotal scene in The Indian Runner, Sean Penn's first film as a director, a character named Frank Roberts suddenly attacks a bartender played by Dennis Hopper, who is cleaning blood off the bar. Is the blood symbolic of something that triggers the attack? "No," says Viggo Mortensen, who plays the violent Frank. "It was Dennis's breath."

Tough Guy
Eliza Krause
23 September 1991

"I remember Sean saying to me on about the sixth week of shooting," Indian producer Phillips recalls, "'Don, Viggo's going to be a humongous star.'"

Don Phillips
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

Quotable Viggo: 20 February 2010

I've got another mixed bag of quotes this week, all gleaned through my efforts to re-organise our Quotes Section so that you can all find things easier. I kept coming across gems that I've not posted here before, like Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray) overcome with a bit of hero worship in Toronto, VM and DC pondering about Putin's movie tastes and how a Habs T-shirt gets it's moment of stardom.

© Focus Features.


VM: So do you think (Russian president Vladimir) Putin will like this movie?

DC: Putin will probably love this movie.

VM: I think he'll probably get some of my character's tattoos.

DC: Frankly, I think he has them already.

VM and DC talking about Eastern Promises
A Conversation Between David Cronenberg And Viggo Mortensen: The Interview
Transcribed by Patches
28 Sept 2007

...who would have thought that Cronenberg (a poet of unease and neurosis) was ready to mine a vein of dark heroism or to find the situations that could leave Mortensen looking like a god of understatement?

Viggo Mortensen
By David Thomson
The Guardian,
10 April 2009

"Oh wow. It's Viggo," says the "Dorian Gray" star. The observation was understated -- no hoots, hollers or autograph mania here. But the surprise was unmistakable as a publicist escorted the handsome British star down a corridor at Toronto's Intercontinental Hotel.

"You sound impressed," the woman comments, hurrying the 28-year-old actor off to another interview.

"Sure I'm impressed," Barnes smiles broadly. "That's Viggo Mortensen!"

Ben Barnes spots Viggo at Toronto
Constance Droganes
12 September 2009

"Thank God for special effects, makeup the voice dubbing and all that. They completely replaced Kodi, thank God! We had Andy Serkis [who played Gollum in "the Lord of the Rings" movies] do it."

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

Mortensen--who, in playing heroes light and dark, has effortlessly come to embody the best of Us--is soft spoken, loyal to a fault, brainy, literate, artistic, hunky, sensual, athletic and strong; he's the ultimate ideal of what a male heterosexual should be. The ladies and the gay men love him and pretty much everyone else does, too. I bet the guy even turns off his cell phone in movie theatres.

Movie review: The Road will rivet you
Marshall Fine
Huffington Post
25 November 2009


We heard a rumor that Aragorn is also a big Habs supporter - did you really wear a Canadiens T-shirt under your armor while filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

VM: I did - I wore it quite a bit, actually. I'll always look to see if the shirt peeks out on screen but I've never been able to see it. In The Road, you'll see it a few times. It sort of stands out because it's a movie that's very muted in terms of its colors so you'll notice my red, white and blue under there.

The Last Word : Viggo Mortensen
Canadiens Magazine
8 December 2009

As he turns away I see that his football shirt has been signed by a player called The Frog, who wrote: "Thank you for being simple," which I ask him to explain. Is he thanking you for being a half-wit? He laughs. "I think he means thank you for being real. He was a childhood hero of mine. A great player. Kept it simple." Simple is the last thing you would ever think of Mortensen. He's very complicated, but also very real.

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

"...these are my heroes. The one group of people or thing I support unconditionally. They can do no wrong,"

Viggo on San Lorenzo
Sympathy for the devil
By Chrissy Iley
The Observer
19 April 2009

Bits and Bobs

"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

Viggo Mortensen.... speaks quietly and thoughtfully, and often at length, on every question, hammering his subject from all sides until it submits to the truth.

Viggo Mortensen v the apocalypse
By Kevin Maher
The Times
3 October 2009

What are you still determined to learn to do?

What I haven't.

ForWord magazine
17 January 2007

Is there anything you regret not having even attempted?

Yes, many things. But it's never too late. I wish I had learned music at a younger age, but I did many things and I was very lucky about the people and places that
I got to know in my travels, the experiences I had, the people I loved and the ones that loved me. I cannot complain.

Viggo Mortensen Under The Spotlight
Selecciones Magazine
March 2009
Translated for V-W by Graciela

Quotable Viggo: 14 February 2010

While preparing a completely different Quotable, I noticed that I had four quotes lined up that started with exactly the same three words. Of course this meant that I just had to go and find more. So..... Viggo Mortensen is ....

© Focus Features

.... is a study in contradictions: rugged and undeniably virile, and yet thoroughly and irresistibly sensitive.

Interview: Viggo Mortensen
By Todd Gilchrist
26 November 2009

....is not a movie star. A poet? Yes. Photographer? Yep. Guitarist? Sure. Author? Uh-huh. Painter? Yessir. Actor? Most definitely. But celebrity? No way.

Viggo Mortensen on 'The Road'
By David Jenkins
Time Out
7 January 2010

... is no flake. He's a pretty intense guy -- with a mellow sort of presence.
After "The Road" Viggo Mortensen Looks on the Bright Side: "You Could Always Be Dead"

By Jeffrey Podolsky
Wall Street Journal
17 November 2009

...is not about the words. He's about being... present. .......

Ray Pride
Movie City News
Review Date: March 4, 2004

....is one of the most diverse, least mannered but most overlooked actors working in Hollywood (on the same level as Jeff Bridges, also ultra-modest and ultra-brilliant actor taken for granted by the industry).

Emanuel Levy
1 Sept 2007

...is a glowering marvel, locating a great range of expression in impassivity, his stone face prone to compelling split-second fissures.

Indelible Ink Eastern Promises review
By Adam Nayman
Eye Weekly
30 Aug 2007

"....is Alatriste, the one I thought, the one I wrote! He's almost the one from the drawings!"

A Look of His Own
By Juan Cruz, El País Semanal, 6 August 2006
Translated for V-W by Paddy

"... is 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

'... is a real artist. He lives for creating art and be absorbed by it - not for talking.'

Gwynneth Paltrow
By Cindy Pearlman
The Chicago Sun-Times

...is the lonely cavalier of the cinema. ...He survives everything serenely, whatever might happen in his career, he remains the same person - an idealist, but not a naive one - he has just perfected the art of doing his own thing.

Nobody Is Perfect
By Paola Jaccobi - translated by Ewa
Vanity Fair (Italy)
14 January 2009

...is also a singular fine artist and poet. The paintings and drawings in this book suck you in with their beauty and vague sense of menace. His words are simple and vast, and his photography reminds you of the best of William Eggleston and Walker Evans.

Best books: Recent Forgeries ... chosen by Neil LaBute
The Week
3 April 2009

...the very definition of a 21st century Renaissance Man.

Validation for Viggo
Richard Horgan
22 January 2008

...is the spitting image of a hero.

"I'm permanently dissatisfied."
by Amelia Enríquez, Lecturas Magazine
30 August 2006
Translated for V-W by Margarita

'...is just the coolest guy, it's hard to say too much about how cool he is.'

Billy Boyd
Lone Star
By Peter Ross
Sunday Herald, 2004

....is not one of that kind of actors where you insert a dime and then they jabber on for half an hour. Everything he says is well-considered, well-founded. No smart pop-quotes fly from his mouth.

The American Dane, by Susanne Johansson
Translation by Majken Steen Thomassen
Berlingske Tidende, 2001

...is that rare and interesting combination, a heroic screen action man possessed of obvious intelligence and sophistication.

Comes A Horseman
By John Millar
Film Review, 2004

....is long overdue for an Oscar win.

Kofi Outlaw
24 November 2009

Quotable Viggo: 6 February 2010

I have a bit of a mixed bag of quotes this week. There have been some really great ones over the last few months that are just too good to hold onto until I can fit them into a theme. Some, of course, have come out of all The Road publicity, some are impressions from interviewers who have been well and truly Viggoed and some are just quirky, funny or profoundly revealing. Enjoy!

© Iolanthe

Actor and Artist

MJ: Do you think of yourself as an actor first?

VM: When I land in a country and they ask for "occupation," I always just put "artist." I think that covers all of it.

Viggo Mortensen, King of The Road
By Michael Mechanic
23 November 2009

Despite his quirkiness, or maybe because of it, Mortensen, a 50 year old who has stubbornly revisited the formula for modern movie stardom, finds himself one of the last great leading men standing.

A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

"Good luck talking someone into that: ' History of Violence , The Road - that guy? Forget it.'"

Viggo after the interviewer suggests a comedy
On the Road, signs of the apocalypse hit home
Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail
27 November 2009


Viggo Mortensen doesn't talk with his hands so much as he batters the air.

On 'The Road' and off, Viggo Mortensen walks the walk
By Scott Bowles
USA Today
3 December 2009

Viggo Mortensen is, besides a great actor, an inexhaustible conversationalist, so full of curiosity that he doesn't hesitate to occasionally take the role of the interviewer.

The Dark Side Of The Hero
By Walder & Castro - translated by Graciela, Remolina and Zooey
Marie Claire (Spain)
June 2009

Viggo Mortensen isn't just a celebrity, as you're probably aware. He isn't even just a fine actor. He's also a painter, a poet and a photographer, and he makes records, too, often in collaboration with Buckethead, the masked wizard guitarist. In addition, he's also conversant in half a dozen languages -- yet another body blow to an interviewer's self-esteem. But I soldiered on.

Viggo Mortensen On 'The Road,'
By Kurt Loder
25 November 2009

The Road

Viggo Mortensen gives a three-dimensional performance in 'The Road' that needs no 3D glasses.

Nicholas Barber
The Independent
10 January 2010

Viggo Mortensen, wounded, vulnerable, tough and tender is a heartbreaking vision of walking life and death. He so fits into the wasteland (perfectly grim and strangely spectacular), that he feels an organic part of this ragged, twisted wilderness.

Kim Morgan
Huffington Post
29 December 2009

I've had a few leads in indies since I worked on "The Road," and it's become an adjective when you do something: to "Viggo up."

Garett Dillahunt
By Paul Gaita
The Envelope
17 December 2009

Reporter: You both had to go to some tough emotional places in this movie. How did you turn that off once the take was done?

Mortensen: He'd tell me I sucked.

Smit-McPhee: Then he went back to his room and had a cry.

Viggo and Kodi joking around at the Toronto Film Festival
Where 'Road' takes them
By Jen Chaney
The Washington Post
22 November 2009

There's a question here for every viewer: could you, under similar circumstances, continue to behave decently? "I find that to be a really interesting question," Mortensen says. "I don't know until I am in that situation. I tend to think I would because I am stubborn. I might not know how to live as I should, but I would know why I should try."

Viggo Mortensen
One for The Road
By Donald Clarke
The Irish Times
8 January 2010


What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

Not dying.

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

With so many active interests, Mortensen admits he used to be impatient. "It felt unjust that we were given such a limited period on earth, but I don't feel that way any more. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but I just figure, eh, what's your hurry?'"

A History of Defiance
Daniel Mirth
Men's Journal
October 2009

You're a painter, a musician, a photographer, an actor, a poet and you're a natural at swordplay. Is there anything you won't try at least once?

VM: 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

Quotable Viggo: 31 January 2010

As an ardent sports fan, Viggo knows all about what it takes to make a successful team. But there are other kinds of teams, one of which Viggo plays in himself - the team that gets together to create great films. The final film stands or falls on how everyone works together. Everyone has to play their best and being a star player doesn't have to mean being a Star.

© New Line Productions Inc.

"If I've learned anything these past years it's that everyone is in some way your superior. Every movie I've made has confirmed the fact that this is a team sport."

Viggo Mortensen
AFI Fest: Viggo and The Road
The Bloggomist: The Local Boy
Evil Monito Magazine
17 November 2009

"I've always looked at working on movies the same way as I do now, which is that a movie is only as good as the compromise that the group makes."

Viggo Mortensen
The Lord of the Rings: The Untold Story
By Ian Nathan, Empire, December 2004

"Viggo is a wonderful team player and one of the sweetest persons I ever met."

Scriptwriter Miriam Segal
Good Premiere, Budapest
6 December 2008

"....in recent roles, a little bit more each time I think I've tended to trust my instincts and trust whatever preparation I've done. I mean, I've always felt dependent on others, which I think is a good thing; I don't think it's a weakness, I think, really, my performance depends on other people all of the time. Not just the actors, well, mainly the actors but the crew [as well]."

Interview: Viggo Mortensen
By Todd Gilchrist
26 November 2009

'A couple days ago, there was this hail. And everybody's just sitting there, kind of setting up the scene with clothing from 1890 and a herd of close to a thousand horses. And the waiting is almost like a ritual, like preparation for a religious moment where something might happen. You have words for the ceremony, the vestments, and all the elements and you're hoping that something good happens. So it's still interesting, the group getting together and doing it.'

Viggo Mortensen talking about Hidalgo
A Religious Moment Where Something Might Happen
by Scott Thill

He seems to gravitate towards films that involve wet, cold and physical privation. ''I suppose I must thrive on it,'' he agrees, recalling shooting The Road under heavy cloud, sometimes in snow, always in the cold. ''Sometimes it's tiring or annoying but there is a certain satisfaction, especially when you're going through it with the crew and everyone is wet and cold with you, when you go and have a drink together at the end of the day and say: 'Well, we got that done.'''

Walking at world's end
By Stephanie Bunbury
14 January 2010

"I actually like the social aspect of moviemaking. I like to spend a lot of time by myself, but on the set I invariably make a lot of new friends. That feeling of group effort is something I find very worthwhile. It gets me out of myself."

Viggo Mortensen

Big Gun Takes on the Apocalypse
Charles McGrath
New York Times
10 September 2009

Each time the tracks in the street were swept away rapidly by the crew including Dennis 'the horseman'. All of a sudden Viggo Mortensen apppeared, grabbed a big broom and started sweeping vigorously alongside the crew Now that was different. Viggo Mortensen is definitely not afraid of hard work and dirt.........

Blogengeezer daflikkers.blogspot.com
24 October 2007

What about the trilogy's legacy?

'It's the overall process of making the movies, not so much the end result of each film, that sticks in my mind. It honestly was a group effort from beginning to end; that is the way movies ought to be made. That's the thing I value most, and I realize that it's rare.'

Viggo talking about The Lord of the Rings
The Players - Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn)
Entertainment Weekly
May 2004

"You know when Aragorn says at the coronation, 'This day is not for one man, but for all'? The experience was that way. It was the only way it could be done."

Journey's End
By Patrick Lee
Science Fiction Weekly #348
December 2003

"In a story like Lord of the Rings, whether the Ring and Sauron are evil is incidental to me. Even if we were not to get the Ring anywhere near Mount Doom. Even if we all died. It doesn't really matter," Mortensen says. "It's the fact that everybody got together and decided to go on this trip. That's the thing. That's the miracle."

Viggo Mortensen
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere 2003

Quotable Viggo: 23 January 2010

This week we were all sad to hear of the death of Robert B Parker, the man who gave us Cole and Hitch and hours of pleasure here at V-W through his books Appaloosa, Resolution and Brimstone and (of course) though Ed Harris's film adaption of Appaloosa, which Parker loved. Parker's sparse dialogue - always saying much with little - and Harris's leisurely adaption, which gave the actors plenty of room to fully inhabit these two wonderful characters, finally made me love the Western. I thought it would be fitting this week to remember Parker and to take a look back at how two of the Western genre's greatest partners were brought to life.

© Warner Brothers.

Harris first read Parker's novel during a trip to Ireland in the summer of 2005, where his daughter was competing in an equestrian event. He placed an overseas call to his agent to see about acquiring the film rights. Harris later met with Parker over dinner in Boston to discuss the project.

"In my opinion Ed Harris is one of the best actors now working, and from a distance he always struck me as a man who paid little attention to guff, so I was honored by his interest," Parker wrote in a 2007 article published in the New York Times.

Ed Harris' Appaloosa
By Tom Wilmes
American Cowboy
October 2008

"It was just a character-driven piece, they could have been two guys in the service, two cops in a car, a couple of athletes, and I still would have been drawn to it. It just happens that the relationship between these two men takes place in the West, and they are these lawmen and it's 1882."

Ed Harris
Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris gab about garb, camaraderie in Appaloosa
By Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
2 October 2008

Ed Harris got a hold of the book in Toronto, while promoting A History of Violence. He gave it to me, and I loved the characters, the dialogue, the tension...so I accepted to become part of the project, without any hesitation."

Viggo Mortensen Brings The Law Of Appaloosa To Madrid
By Jose Arce - translated by Graciela
La Butaca
20 November 2008

Appaloosa, the movie, is now available on DVD. Since I had nothing to do with it once they bought the book, I can say without false modesty, that it is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

Robert B Parker's Blog
32 April 2009

In Appaloosa, Mortensen's a gun for hire, deputy to actor-director Ed Harris's marshal. "Sort of like a lethal butler" is how Mortensen sees his character, Everett Hitch. But you won't hear Hitch saying ain't like the rest of them: He's a West Point man--though without a doubt, the black sheep of the family. Or that's how Mortensen imagines him.

The Great Dane
Men's Vogue
By Phoebe Eaton
March 2008

"I like characters who find themselves at the brink of change. Everett is in the centre of the transition from anarchy to civil law in America. My characters always stand for crossing a ford. Years ago, Everett studied at West Point but I love imagining him as the black sheep of the family because he has gone West, looking for adventure and he has found it. In the book he says: I'd been in West Point, like my father, but I found it boring. While the hairstyle, gun, saddlebag, riding positions are based on the photos of that period; it was me who added the dandy touches to him; the gilet, the Victorian manners, formalistic as well as brutal, he can't erase them."

Appaloosa - 5 Questions For Viggo Mortensen
By Antonella Catena - translated by Ewa
16 January 2009

"I think Cole trusts Hitch more than anyone else in the world, specifically because Hitch is very honest with him, even when it's difficult to bring certain things to Cole's attention," says the actor. "That is my definition of a good friend: somebody who is brave enough to tell you the truth even when it's not what you want to hear."

Viggo Mortensen
Emmanuel Levy

"Cole and Hitch are not that far removed from the 'outlaws' that they're up against. There's not much difference between them in some moments; they both have displays of temper and violence."

Viggo Mortensen
August 2008

One of the things that will make Everett Hitch an iconic western hero is not his selflessness, his skill or integrity... It's his gun. You see, Hitch's weapon of choice is an 8-gauge shotgun. You heard me right, 8-gauge. I didn't even know a shotgun that large existed and Hitch carries the telephone pole-sized cannon the entire movie. When he uses it, your jaw will hit the ground.

Coop Cooper
The Small Town Critic
1 October 2008

" ....I like this one because it's told in a leisurely pace. I enjoyed being in it because Ed didn't try to reinvent the genre or appeal to younger audiences. He said, 'This is how these stories are told, and I'm going to respect the genre.'"

Viggo Mortensen
Play It As It Lays
By Philip Berk
April 2009

Mortensen said he was hooked by the dynamics between the two men. They love each other, said Harris, even if they might never say those exact words. It's a deep, complex friendship, though don't expect it to unravel like the one between the cowboys in Brokeback Mountain.

Said Mortensen: "They cut those scenes."

Appaloosa: TIFF press conference diaries
by Mark Medley
National Post
September 05, 2008

Watching Viggo Mortensen positioning himself in grand style in the preparation for the climactic shootout offers visual pleasure as well as reaffirmation of a code of honor that may be too mythical but helps maintain the tradition of the Westerner as a gentleman guided by strong inner conscience and sense of self.

Emmanuel Levy
7 September 2008

Their bond [between Cole and Hitch] is easily one of the best portrayed in the entire Western canon. Viggo Mortensen's Hitch outdoes Val Kilmer's role as Doc Holliday, something I wouldn't have thought possible. And the interactions between these two extremely efficient killers and decent men is movie-making magic.

9 January 2009

"I can't lie to you, I had a lot of fun riding around on horseback..."

Viggo Mortensen
CBS News Interview
8 September 2008

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