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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo
12 May 2019 04:37:57
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One thing I admire about Viggo (amongst several hundred others) is that he really does try to live in the moment. Maybe it’'s his insatiable curiosity, maybe it’'s the fact that he’'s always been aware that life it short, but paying attention to the moment, enjoying it or learning from it, maybe recording it, has always been his way. It’s the springboard of his creativity but it'’s also why he is such a present and powerful force, influencing and drawing in everyone who meets him.
“We may not know why we’'re here, or where we’'re going after we die, but if you’'re here, you might as well be here. And being here means paying attention, I think.”
Q&A with Viggo Mortensen
New York Post
Mortensen likes sotto voce details; he gives his attention to instants that would otherwise have passed by unobserved, or more significantly, unregistered - things that in a literal sense were simply there for him because he was there for them - things that would have easily passed by as all else passes by, as we ourselves finally do.
Viggo Mortensen: A Life Tracking Itself
"I think five minutes can be an eternity if it's well used, you know."
The Rebel King
By Chris Heath
GQ magazine, 2004
Where are you from?
At the moment I’'m from here.
Viggo Mortensen - Man of the Week
By Einar Falur - translated by Ragga
30 May 2008
Viggo extracts a big moleskin notebook from his backpack, like a naturalist's notebook, a logbook, in which he notes down his thoughts and everything that passes through his mind with a big, tangled handwriting like the rigging of a schooner.
By Ramón Raboiras - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
‘In October, I got caught in a snowstorm in Lapland. I lost the trail and had to find some place to hide. I was out there on my own for a couple of days. I was worried but managed to find shelter and make a fire. It’s really not about where you are, but how you are. I can get annoyed or say, “OK, this is where I am. I don’'t have any choice at the moment. Let’'s make the most of it.”’
Viggo Mortensen’s Travelling Life
By Nick McGrath
10 April 2015
“People today are much less present in spite of being hyper-connected. You see people in the street absorbed in their cell-phone; there’'s plenty of time for that message. What’'s more important than now?”
Viggo Mortensen: "The feeling of the absurd is something that's constant with me"
By Ima Sanchis - translated by Ollie and Zoe
8 October 2015
“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, Charming Free-spirit
by Manon Chevalier
Translated for V-W by Chrissiejane
“A photo, a painting, a poem or music that we use to express our experience is not the main thing, but what you are expressing. How you sense the world around you is art in its own form. To stop for one silent moment and just see what happens.”
Margt til lista lagt article from Fréttablaðið
Translated by Ragga
“Even though many people seem to be not interested in art or in things like nature or life itself, we must force ourselves to remember, we must force ourselves to be deep in life."
Viggo Mortensen, The Photographer Of Dreams
By Giovanni Valerio - translated by Cindalea
Source: Panorama First
What keeps you awake at night?
Yesterday and tomorrow, but I eventually fall asleep because neither exists.
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen
by Rosanna Greenstreet
2 January 2010
"Great artists," writes critic Kevin Powers, "tell us the task is to train and polish the attention within the brilliance of our small shipwrecks. Viggo does that both insistently and obsessively."
The Other Side of Viggo Mortensen
By Paul Young
Variety Life, 2003
How long would he like to live?
"Forever." Without hesitation.
Really? Wouldn't you get bored?
"There's no excuse to be bored," Mortensen says. "Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there is no excuse for boredom, ever."
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine, January 2004
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