Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo
7 September 2019 12:46:34
Found By: Iolanthe
This has been The Many Faces of Viggo week, so I just had to do a Quotable about how he morphs from one extraordinary role (Lucifer, Aragorn, Freud, Tony Lip!) to another, while giving the impression he was somehow born to play it because he never appears to act. The man really is awesome and the quotes below say it all.
He's like a Stateside version of Alec Guinness - a chameleon who never plays the same role twice.
There's a special pleasure in giving in to being a fan
by Tony Earnshaw
The Yorkshire Post
16 May 2014
Terrific as a Tolkien hero, a Russian gangster, or a dying father in a post-apocalyptic science-fiction universe, there's nothing he can't do.
Viggo Mortensen's Charm Is as Big as His Belly in One of the Best Films of the Decade
17 November 2018
The thing about Mortensen is that, no matter what the background or nationality of his characters, he always comes off as authentic. Not showy authentic, either. Without making a big to-do about it, he manages to be so convincing that you find it hard to believe his real background or nationality isn't similar to that of his character.
26 Sept 2007
...Mortensen, who looks like he'd be perfectly at home playing Jesus Christ or Charles Manson....
13 July 2016
As impressed as I've been with his ability to disappear into roles, he's never delivered such a fully realized character as this. There isn't a moment in the entire film where you remember it's an actor playing a part. He IS Tony Lip.
Green Book - One of the Best Films of the Year and a Career High for the Shape Shifter that is Viggo Mortensen
By Sasha Stone
20 September 2018
When he appears, caked in mud, looking like a kind of eco-Rambo, splashing barefoot through a river and cutting the heart out of a deer, you'll be thinking: Well, that's just Viggo Mortensen's life, isn't it?
Wild man Viggo Mortensen lets it all hang out in Captain Fantastic
8 September 2016
Viggo Mortensen is the champ. Hands down. Of all the "say what?" performances some of us first heard about at last fall's Toronto International Film Festival - and which characterized 2011 as a hugely surprising year for film - none of them surprised me more than Mortensen playing Sigmund Freud in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method."
In other words, not even the bracing successes of Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover or Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe shocked me the way Mortensen did playing Freud in Cronenberg's elegant, altogether surprising film.
Freud, for most of us, is a wild guess in speech and manner. Which is why Mortensen's cool, slow, contemplative version of Freud is -for the purpose of a movie anyway - brilliantly credible.
A Dangerous Method
26 January 2012
Mortensen's performance is astounding. Looking a lot more like Gollum than Aragorn, he's shaggily bearded, smeared in grime and shockingly thin, with cheekbones like lemon juicers and teeth like the visual aids in a school anti-smoking lecture...Viggo Mortensen gives a three-dimensional performance in 'The Road' that needs no 3D glasses.
10 January 2010
Indeed Mortensen, one of the few Danes who can get away with a cowboy hat (in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Hidalgo), looks so much like a man from the Golden West, it's a wonder he isn't attached to remakes of everything from High Noon to Carry On Cowboy.
A History of Violence is David Cronenberg's Western
Mortensen is nothing less than a revelation in the role of Nikolai, the Siberian bruiser, thanks to his physical performance that captures the full swagger and subtle deference of the mobster's reality.
The Ottawa Citizen
21 Sept 2007
I had always thought he had a very Russian, Slavic look. And when I read the script I thought, "This is a role made in heaven for Viggo."
Q+A : David Cronenberg, Film Festival Preview
30 Aug 2007
Mortensen, best known for playing forces of nature ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises"), is here all mild manners, spectacles and fawning body language. His Halder is a character who lacks character, and Mortensen subtly turns him into a pitiful, pitiable villain.
31 December 2008
Mortensen...chose a performance that is far from the usual portrayal of how one imagines the Prince of Lies should be. Mortensen, with long hair and full beard - his outward appearance reminding one more of Jesus Christ - played Lucifer with an impressiveness that was burnt into the audiences mind forever.
Portrait: Viggo Mortensen - The Actor As Artist
Translated by Sally
DVD Special (Germany)
'It's like he had always been Alatriste! And the truth is that I think that Alatriste has made Viggo a Spaniard."
A Look of His Own
By Juan Cruz, El País Semanal, 6 August 2006
Translated for V-W by Paddy
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.
29 Sept 2007
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