A bit of a long Quotable this week. At the beginning of February, I looked at Viggo's leading ladies and their comments about working with Viggo. This week it's the turn of the men. They have, of course, all been equally 'Viggo-tized'.
Image Larry Horricks.
© Good Films.
"He's the gentlest man you'll meet, especially with the kids. He's really quiet out in public, but he loved all [us] little ones to pieces. He was hanging around with us all day and telling jokes. He acted like a father figure. He's a great guy."
Young Aussie actor Nicholas Hamilton stars with Viggo Mortensen at Sundance
15 January 2015
"(Viggo's) such a goofball, that's what I was most excited about, he's very funny and just likes having a good time."
London Premier Interview
14 May 2014
The most difficult scene, Mr. Riley says, wasn't about nudity or sex, but playing across Viggo Mortensen, who plays Old Bull Lee, the William Burroughs character in the film. "I was nervous about improvising with Viggo because he is particularly well read, and a poet himself."
Sam Riley Hits the Road
By Lanie Goodman
Wall Street Journal
4 October 2012
'And Viggo Mortensen -- he is the most beautiful man in the world! He is! He's just like, wow! He's such a special dude.'
Michael Fassbender, future superstar
By Andrew O'Hehir
8 March 2011
"Viggo's … a real artist. He cares about what speaks to him. He doesn't care about how much he's paid, doesn't care where he lives, doesn't care how nice the hotel is. He's a horse. I feel like he could go all day, work all day and he's polite and creative and generous. That made it easy. Not only is he physically gifted, he's graceful and tough."
20 March 2009
"This guy here [he puts a hand on Mortensen's shoulder] is a good a guy as you'll ever work with, not just as a talent but as a human being. The first day, he brought goodies from Argentina and flags and everything. His favorite soccer team is not as good as La Boca, but it's a good team."
Viggo Mortensen and Robert Duvall go on 'The Road' to redemption
By Carla Hay
"Come on, we've all been Viggo-tized before. He has that charisma, he has a swagger. He's a great dude."
Michael K Williams
'Wire' Hero Michael K. Williams Loved Getting 'Viggo-tized' on 'The Road'
19 November 2009
"I just really enjoyed working with him. He's a really decent guy, a wonderful actor, a great-looking actor. I thought the two of us could capture this kind of unspoken love, appreciation that these guys have for each other. And his sense of humor. He's got kind of a weird sense of humor I like."
Mortensen Packs a Big Gun
By David Germain
17 September 2008
"The thing about whoever played Halder is he had to have a sense of integrity and goodness. That's something I've always thought of (Mortensen) and something I'd been told by people who knew him — that he was a really lovely guy."
"Viggo is generous, he is constantly bringing small gifts. That must be a result of his education and the numerous trips he takes. And when you act with him in a scene, even when his part is done, he stays close to the camera in order to help you. We function very differently, especially in the way we channel our energy. He is always calm, and speaks softly. I have a more brutal side. I learned a lot from knowing him."
Viggo Mortensen the Insatiable
By Sophie Benamon
"I think there is some kinship in our approach to things. Maybe that is one of the reasons David brought us together because there was a similarity in how we approach things. Viggo is not pompous or pretentious. He doesn't arrive with an entourage. He's grounded, quirky, and observant. He is artistic. I deeply appreciate that since I basically arrive on the set with my shovel in hand and go to work as well. And I love it when someone else does that."
Cannes Film Festival 2005 Press Kit
'I can not believe that somebody can be so perfect. This man must carry a deep secret with him, or he has a skeleton in his cupboard, or something like that. Because Viggo Mortensen is the nicest, most artistic and most generous person I've ever met. And not only towards me, but he also has eye for the 'little/small people'. He gives you things all the time: his poems, paintings, pictures. I have to take all these things home with me to Paris.'
"We got on very well together, and spent a lot of time together as friends. But as an actor you can't wish to work with anyone more truthful and more honest than him. He brings an incredible pathos to the role, and I was so pleased to be doing scenes with him."
A Fantastic Leap of Faith
By Brent Simon
Entertainment Today, 2001
"We sort of viewed him as our king and as an inspiration, and I think that he certainly wouldn't see himself as that. There is quiet leadership to him, and it's not intentional, and I think it's simply because he takes care of the people around him."
The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine, 2004
Says Bernard Hill, better known as King Theoden, "I read an article that said, 'Finally, someone's found the niche for Viggo Mortensen: the rugged hero who has a deep intellect and a great humanity. That's what Aragorn is, because Viggo has brought that to it. He's very like that as a human being."
It's Good to be "King"
By Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today, 2003
'Viggo's already cornered the market on animal magnetism.'
Liev Schreiber – A Walk on the Moon
The Knoxville News Sentinel,
6 April 1999
There are actors whose performances come as light emanating from the screen. Then there's Mortensen. His effect is gravitational. It draws you closer, inward.
Actor Geoffrey Rush after seeing the film at Tiff
Naked Viggo Mortensen: artist at work
By Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post Film Critic
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 could earn his crust with his art, so he doesn't have to stay. How long this industry will be able to keep him is up to the quality of the material. We are very lucky to have him now."
by Liane Bonin
Flaunt magazine #39, 2002