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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


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In last week's Quotable I had a quote from Lisandro Alonso in which he called Viggo 'a worker, you know, a machine, all the time thinking good things for the project.' Viggo always seems to have boundless energy, nothing is too much for him if it will improve his performance, the film, or the experience of his fellow actors. Even his energy must have its limits, and yet if there is more that he feels he can give, he will give it. No wonder so many actors and directors are in awe of his work ethic!



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'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.'

Garret Dillahunt
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
20 March 2009




In a world of paste reproductions Viggo Mortensen is a rare gem of creative energy. His work as an actor goes far beyond the normal level of effort exerted by a conventional leading man which results in his performances being elevated into works of art as unique as his poems and pictures.

Viggo Mortensen: An Artist For All Seasons
by Richard Marcus
BNN Blogger News Networ
6 May 2005




"Viggo's a leader, just by sheer dint of his personality. He's an example to us all. He's a massive work-horse, like a massive multiplex."

Bernard Hill
Viggo Mortensen
by Desmond Sampson
Pavement #62, 2003




Viggo Mortensen is an actor who doesn’t do things by half measures. I have never seen anyone who surrenders himself to his character with such passion. I can assure you that his only limits are those of his own life. His physical ability as well as the world of his emotions. Viggo emptied himself out, always. He’d be exhausted at the end of a hard day. He gives everything.

Javier Aguirresarobe
Diary of The Road's Shooting
Translated by Ollie, Remolina, Rio, Sage and Zooey
Esquire (Spain)
January 2010




'…you know, 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." The guy is a mule -- he seems tireless. But he's kind and focused too.'

Garett Dillahunt
By Paul Gaita
The Envelope
17 December 2009




“He’s very intense. He’s very Method. There’s no stopping him.”

John Hillcoat
John Hillcoat Hits The Road
By Edward Douglas
Comingsoon.net
19 November 2009




We get into a long, boozy discussion about why he does so much stuff, why he is so bursting with creative energy that he can't just be an actor.

"People who are creators create," he says. "People say to me all the time, 'Why don't you just focus on one thing?' And I say, 'Why? Why just one thing? Why can't I do more? Who makes up these rules?"

Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair
January 2004




"[The Battle of Helm's Deep] takes place mostly at night, and it was so complex that we filmed for about four months of nights," Jackson continues, "Viggo was fantastic. He just threw himself into it tirelessly. Every night he'd come along and just fight some more."

Michael Helms
"Awesome Towers"
Fangora Magazine #217
October, 2002




"He is methodical, exacting in his work, he carries out meticulous labors to do something that looks true, and projects it. He is like Robert Mitchum or William Holden, the class of actors whose work seems effortless."

Ray Loriga
Chiaroscuro: Viggo, Light And Dark
By Rocio Garcia - translated by Graciela, Remolina, Sage and Zooey
El Pais
26 June 2009




Filmmaker: What did you learn working with Viggo Mortensen?

Oelhoffen: I like to give space to the actors. I learned a lot because I had the opportunity to see how he worked. Viggo is amazing. He’s a very hard worker. He prepares himself a lot and for me it was a chance, a gift, because we really prepared the character together.

“I Don’t Know If Camus Would Have Approved”: Five Questions for Far From Men Director David Oelhoffen
By Ariston Anderson
Filmmaker Magazine
23 December 2014




"Viggo's energy is endless. He knows no limit."

Orlando Bloom
The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere
January 2003




He gives, unsparingly, indiscriminately, ceaselessly. What's good for him is good for everyone.

Premier Magazine
By Gérard Delorme
June 2008
Translated by Chrissiejane




'...and yet, in his many careers, ego has no place...and if ego has no place in his career, apathy has no place in his life. Viggo Mortensen has earned a reputation for having endless energy, for being consummately curious. He drives himself hard in all aspects of his life... He is a connector, the agent who brings people and ideas and feelings together in ways that transcend customary forms of expression and measures of success. We have known Viggo Mortensen through his work on film, and we have been privileged in recent weeks to know him more fully through his photography and poetry. St. Lawrence University is honored to welcome home from the class of 1980, to share some of his poetry with us, Viggo Mortensen.'

Daniel F. Sullivan
St. Lawrence University Honorary Doctorate Address
March 1, 2003




"He is a very multifaceted and slightly compulsive individual, constantly creating in every medium. His creative energy is boundless; I assume acting is another extension of that."

Robert Mann, New York Gallerist
In the Spotlight But Shining On Its Own - Celebrity Art
by Lisa Crawford Watson
Art Business News, 2001



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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe

This week I thought we’d take a retrospective look at Jauja – a film that for ages and ages had no name, just the tantalising promise of something new and strange. Viggo relished working with Lisandro Alonso on this low budget adventure in the Patagonian Desert and the end result was so mesmerising it took Cannes by storm. And Viggo gave an outstanding performance as Dineson, melting, as one critic described it, ‘into the environment, the boundaries of Dineson’s self slowly eroding into the Patagonian dirt’.





Few stars of his stature would consider such a low-budget arthouse film in a foreign language - let alone co-produce it, be able to act in both Spanish and Danish, and be prepared to sport such spectacularly awful whiskers.

Viggo Mortensen shows his independent side
by Demetrios Matheou
Herald Scotland
4 March 2015




‘Jauja is not a place, it’s more than that, it’s an idea. It’s an impossible idea or feeling of contentment, satisfaction, tranquillity. It could be anything...’

Viggo Mortensen
Jauja: Interview with Viggo Mortensen
by Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
16 October 2014




“My character is in the same position of the audience -- trying to figure out what is happening."

Viggo Mortensen
A Conversation with Viggo Mortensen at Cannes
Karin Luisa
Huffington Post
21 May 2014




What past did you invent for this Captain Dinesen?

I took things from another Dinesen. A writer and adventurer who also went to the New World at the end of the 19th century. A hunter, he was the father of Isak Dinesen whose real name was Karen Blixen. I took things from my grandfather, my father's accent and since I know something about the history of Denmark and Argentina, I could link them.

Viggo Mortensen: Film and Soccer Activist
By Horacio Bilbao - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Clarín.com
27 November 2014




‘Sometimes it was quite awkward and tiring to tramp around in that heavy greatcoat, wearing those slippery-soled riding boots, tripping over that saber. But I found that all of that helped me construct a sort of Danish Don Quixote, a man who has no idea how clumsy he seems in those landscapes, once he is off his horse.’

Mortensen plays a Danish engineer in Patagonia
by Pam Grady
San Francisco Chronicle
14 May 2015




“[Dinesen’s] so obtuse, even when he doesn’t know where he’s going or why he’s going or who he is, he still keeps moving forward. It’s his stubbornness which I find both pathetic and endearing and, as I say, admirable.”

Interview: Viggo Mortensen
Tobias Grey
The Financial Times
27 March 2015




‘He’s a great actor and I’m a new guy, in terms of actor’s stuff, so I think I had to sit down and learn from him. I didn’t speak that much, and I think Viggo knows 100 percent how to interpret this guy.’

Lisandro Alonso
Lisandro Alonso On “Jauja,” Viggo Mortensen, and Narrative Mysteries
By Luke Goodsell
Movie Mezzanine
17 March 2015




‘We didn't have much film. We were shooting it on real film and we had a limited amount, so in the latter stages of the shoot we were down to short ends and that was clear. I'd ask, "Well, how much [film] do you have left?" And [Alonso] would say, "Well I have a piece about a minute or less, and one that's about 39 seconds." And I'd tell him, "Well, at a quick trot to cross that piece of ground, 39 seconds would be cutting it a little close so save that longer bit for the next scene."’

Viggo Mortensen Tells Us Why He Hasn't Done Blockbusters Since 'Lord Of The Rings'
LAist.com
By Carman Tse
19 March 2015




The actor acknowledges that working with a director known for his off-the-grid methods – such as using primarily with non-professional actors – was a bit of an adjustment. “It took a little getting used to,” he says. “For one scene I asked Lisandro who was doing the continuity on the set, and he asked me, ‘What’s that?’ The way he works, he’s never had to worry about things like that before.”

Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
9 September 2014




[Viggo’s] a worker, you know, a machine, all the time thinking good things for the project. Sometimes he was too much for me, because I was not used to that. I was used to working with people who don’t know how to read or write, you just organized a little bit of the frame, and that was it. But with Viggo, you have to talk about why you wanna do that, in terms of where to put the camera and the lights, you know.’

Lisandro Alonso
Lisandro Alonso On “Jauja,” Viggo Mortensen, and Narrative Mysteries
By Luke Goodsell
Movie Mezzanine
17 March 2015




We didn't have any money in the budget to buy music, but I told him, "I know a brilliant guitar player and we've recorded together." I sent him 10 tracks to see what he's interested in, and he picked "Moonset". He was right—it was perfect.’

Viggo Mortensen Tells Us Why He Hasn't Done Blockbusters Since 'Lord Of The Rings'
LAist.com
By Carman Tse
19 March 2015




[Lisandro] had intended to have a more panoramic look, and when he got the first footage back from the lab and wanted to start editing, he was just like ‘send it to me raw, I just wanna look at the whole thing so I can decide where to start and end this sequence.’ And then they sent that back and when he saw that format he said, that’s the movie. He was smart enough and open-minded enough to realise that even though that wasn’t his idea originally, that was perfect, that’s the way that the movie should look.

Interview: Viggo Mortensen
Charlotte Pick
The National Student
6 April 2015




“What I think is special about Lisandro is that he’s able to make a truly original movie, remarkably original, without referencing other filmmakers or other movies, without drawing attention to what he’s doing, without showing off. My feeling is that the film is not in any way pretentious, and yet it stands out from all other movies. That’s a hard thing to do.”

Viggo Mortensen talks Jauja
By Philip Bagnal
Scannia
11 March 2015




...finding myself with a small team in the middle of nowhere, in the superb landscape I knew because I spent my childhood there, it made me happy. And it was liberating.

Viggo Mortensen: "If The Lord of the Rings can win 12 Oscars, I don't see why Avatar wouldn't win the Oscar for best film."
By Eric Vernay - translated by Donna Marie
Premiere (France
21 May 2014




"It was a crew of about ten people walking over the rocks. We were all tired but we had a lot of fun. By nightfall, since we were 150 km from the internet and telephones, we made a little fire, an asado [grilled meat], we talked... It was a family experience."

Viggo Mortensen
The Lord of the Roles
By Pamela Biénzobas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
In-LAN
August 2014



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Summer Sale at Perceval Press!


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There is a great Summer Sale going on over at Viggo's Perceval Press! Your chance to get some great Viggo books and CDs, and wonderful books by other authors.


Check it out HERE.

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Wrapping It Up!


Categories: Viggo-Works

Viggo-Works 2019 15th Anniversary Server Fundraiser





Everyone, we are so very close to our fundraising goal that I thought I would do one last post
for those of you who still want to contribute so that you have a chance to win a signed Viggo book.




Here's what we will be giving away at the beginning of September.

Everyone who makes (or has made) a contribution to our server fund this year will automatically
be entered into a special drawing for a signed copy of Viggo's recent book,
RAMAS PARA UN NIDO. What makes this such a special incentive is that
this is yet another rare offering of a SIGNED copiy of RAMAS PARA UN NIDO!!

WE WILL GIVE AWAY ONE SIGNED COPY OF

RAMAS PARA UN NIDO


We will also give away one more SIGNED COPY OF THE VERY POPULAR SKOVBO!!



Each contribution will automatically be entered (one entry per person please).


This will be a unique chance to receive something that is destined to be very scarce!







As always, our BIG thanks to Viggo for his generosity!!


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to keep Viggo-Works on the net . . . AND . . . be eligible for the signed book . . . please click on
the PayPal button you see on the LEFT hand side of this Viggo-Works News Page.

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Your August Reminders


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