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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

Captain Fantastic is being broadcast on BBC 2 in the UK tomorrow night and although I have it on Blu-ray, I won't be able to resist watching. Which is just the excuse I need for some my favourite Fantastic quotes!

The clan's father isn't a superhero, but because he's played by Viggo Mortensen he's the next best thing.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
7 July 2016

‘Viggo demonstrates the aspirations of the movie, what kind of movie are you hoping to make, and for me, I can have no better faith than in Viggo Mortensen.’

Matt Ross
Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen and Matt Ross Interview
Jason Gorber
14 July 2016

“Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that's happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her.”

Matt Ross
Viggo Mortensen To Star In Electric City's Captain Fantastic’
By Mike Fleming Jnr
20 February 2014

Viggo Mortensen gets the role he may well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own terms.... The inspired choice of casting Mortensen, a natural Papa Bear, who taps into both his physical strength and spiritual gentleness.

Peter Debruge
23 January 2016

Mortensen, looking his most mountain-man handsome, is winning and charismatic, walking on the knife's edge between principled and unhinged.

Brian Moylan
The Guardian
31 January 2016

The director sent Mortensen a huge box of books of recommended reading, including texts by Tom Brown, the renowned naturalist and author of Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival; linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky; and Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and writer Jared Diamond, all of which he felt Ben would be intimately familiar with. “I thought that was a great way to frame some of the knowledge that this family would have, Ross says. “It turned out Viggo had read all the books already.”

Cannes Press Kit
May 2016

“...we had this two-day, one-night wilderness survival camp, with just the six of us kids and a guide, she said. “We each were given a knife and had to figure out how to survive. We had to track down our food, purify water, build a shelter. I love being outdoors, but this was pretty extreme.”

“We were building fires because in the forest it was so incredibly dark, Isler said. “All of a sudden, we heard these sounds and saw this shape coming toward us through the forest. It was Viggo, who said he wanted to bring us beef jerky and dried cherries. And we were all like, How in the world did you find us?’ ”

Tulsa teen actress Samantha Isler talks about her role in 'Captain Fantastic'
By James D Watts Jnr
Tulsa World
29 July 2016

‘I like gardening and I grow my own vegetables... I could say to Matt, If it's this time of year, this is how big the vegetables would be. This is what would grow in such a small clearing.” All those things you only see in passing, but it was important to him and to me that the way this family lives be completely credible.’

Viggo Mortensen goes 'extreme' in 'Captain Fantastic'
Josh Rottenberg
LA Times
30 June 2016

‘For Ben, you can alternate between what a great father and this guy's a maniac.’

Viggo Mortensen Goes Green: ‘I Trust Hillary About as Much as I Trust Donald Trump’
Marlo Stern
The Daily Beast
16 July 2016

He looks like the kind of guy who, yes, would worship Noam Chomsky, but he also looks like the kind of guy who would eat him for breakfast. It’s the ruggedly paradoxical, gentle-but-brute presence of Viggo Mortensen, more than anything else, that makes Captain Fantastic a twisting Rubik's Cube of blue and red.

Owen Gleiberman
13 July 2016

Making it endlessly watchable is Viggo Mortensen, here in his fully bearded, hippie-Viking mode.

Stephen Whitty
8 July 2016

“We rented a hotel room for him, but he never stayed there. We just knew he was in the forest somewhere. That kind of commitment really shows in his work.”

Producer Lynette Howell Taylor
Viggo Mortensen
Cannes Press Kit
May 2016

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
Neala Johnson
Herald Sun
8 September 2016

“Just because it's not possible to be a perfect dad or to be Captain Fantastic, that doesn't mean it's not worth trying.”

In Captain Fantstic, Viggo Mortensen found more than a modern-day Mr. Mom’
By Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
15 July 2016

…the movie truly belongs to Mortensen; fierce and tender and tremendously flawed, he's fantastic.

Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
7 July 2016

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Wilson Webb/Bleecker Street.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

Now we’re once again in Awards Season, I thought it would be great to take another look at why Viggo received so many nominations in 2016-17 when his performance took a small budget, under-the-radar film into the Oscar spotlight with Matthew Ross’s wonderful Captain Fantastic. Could Ben Cash possibly be further from Tony Lip?

Viggo Mortensen overcomes every intrusion of doubt with a performance that is informed, inspired, ideological and overwhelming. He's so sensational that he makes the film's title come true with no strings attached.

Super-Dad: ‘Captain Fantastic’ Enthralls the Senses and Engages the Mind
By Rex Reed
The Observer
5 July 2016

The clan’s father isn’t a superhero, but because he’s played by Viggo Mortensen he’s the next best thing.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
7 July 2016

Mortensen is outstanding in the film giving one of those rare performances that deserve the term breathtaking.

John H Foote
2 August 2016

...The beauty of the film lies in its refusal to paint Ben as a deluded tyrant or principled pioneer. He doesn’t have two faces — thanks to the script, as well as Mortensen’s squirrely brilliance, he has hundreds.

Charlotte O'Sullivan
Evening Standard
9 September 2016

Mortensen sets about captaining this ship so well, with such fine shadings of distant grief, self-reproach, humility when it’s necessary, defiance when it’s not, that you can’t imagine anyone else in the role, and wouldn’t want anyone else near it.

Tim Robey
The Telegraph
8 September 2016

I really can’t say enough about the work Viggo Mortensen. He’s able to give this character so much life that you’re under his spell; whether you agree or disagree with Ben’s view of the world and outlook on raising his children. We see the best and worst of him, with Mortensen showcasing that brilliantly.

Joey Magidson
7 July 2016

Viggo Mortensen gets the role he may well have been born to play, not as a superhero, but as a super-dad determined to raise his kids on his own terms.... The inspired choice of casting Mortensen — a natural Papa Bear, who taps into both his physical strength and spiritual gentleness — shows through best when interacting with the kids, though the actor also shines when forced to defend his choices to others.

Peter Debruge
23 January 2016

Every now and then, a movie comes along that plays out almost entirely on a gifted actor’s face; you feel as if you could watch the whole thing in quiet close-up, and catch every nuance of the story. I think of Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” Brie Larson in “Room,” Denzel Washington in “Flight,” to name just a few — and now, Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic.”

Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times
14 July 2016

Mortensen gives the performance of his life in the film’s final act, visibly aching, filled with callously crushed desires and a deep well of sorrow.

James Robins
The Listener (NZ)
3 October 2016

At the heart of it all is the ever-brilliant Viggo Mortensen. Ben is a complex character that has every fragment of thought etched into Mortensen’s expression. He’s taken a hold of this character unlike any since Aragon. He embodies Ben perfectly, and the film can’t be imagined without him.

By Amie Cranswick
9 September 2016

Mortensen imbues Ben with such an easy, thoughtful, virile confidence that it is easy to see why his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) and children would think that hiding in the forest with him seems like the best possible option.

John Lui
Straits Times
12 July 2016

Mortensen, a spellbinding leading man who’s got as firm a grip on the audience as his character does on his brood. He sells and sells and sells, and we buy, buy, buy; every idea Ben projects onto his kids, even the zany ones, sound perfectly logical when spoken by a voice so even and wise and alluring. He’s so convincing that when he finally comes to the realization that he may actually be a much bigger threat to his children’s health and safety than capitalism, smartphones or even Kanye West and the Kardashians, our hearts break for him.

Bernard Boo
11 July 2016

With any luck, Mortensen will get an Oscar nomination for his wonderfully soulful performance. As a real-life renaissance man (Mortensen is also a painter, author, photographer, and musician) with an intellectually rebellious streak, it’s a role he was born to play…

Jonathan Kim
Huffington Post
15 July 2016

It’s the ruggedly paradoxical, gentle-but-brute presence of Viggo Mortensen, more than anything else, that makes “Captain Fantastic” a twisting Rubik’s Cube of blue and red.

Owen Gleiberman
13 July 2016

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Wilson Webb/Bleecker Street.

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Japan Times Review - Captain Fantastic

Source: The Japan Times.
Found By: Chrissie
As Captain Fantastic finally gets a Japanese release - Chrissie brings us the review from the Japan Times.

Captain Fantastic’: Fantastic viewing for all the family

© Bleecker Street.
by Giovanni Fazio

Matt Ross is probably best known for his role in the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," where he plays the arrogant CEO Gavin Belson of Google-like IT giant Hooli. Belson is a man wired deep into the matrix, for whom nothing matters more than massive functionality in lossless cloud-based compression, and keeping the shareholders happy.

Ross takes a 180-degree turn as the director and writer of "Captain Fantastic," a delightful, sharply written comedy about a man who has taken his family deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to live completely off the grid. The film won top prize in the Un Certain Regard category at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and its combination of quirky humor with some deeper thoughts about the nature of parenting allows viewers to enjoy this on whatever level they please.

Ben Cash (played by Viggo Mortensen) is raising six kids (George MacKay and Samantha Isler play the elders) in a cabin with no internet, telephone, television or just about any contact with society at large. In America, this sort of person is often a gun-loving survivalist type, but in Ben's case, he's Tarzan with a college degree, a back-to-the-land paleo-hippie. He teaches his kids how to be self-sufficient through bow-and-arrow hunting, scavenging, gardening and other practical skills. Entertainment is a campfire hootenanny. Plenty of books too, and his kids are all autodidacts who know the difference between a Trotskyite and a Maoist.

When Ben's hospitalized wife Leslie dies, he piles his rag-tag family into a battered old school bus to take them to the funeral, which is being organized by Leslie's terribly materialist and disapproving dad (Frank Langella); much crusty vs. yuppie misunderstanding follows.

Basically stepping from the 19th century into the 21st, the kids react with bewilderment to what surrounds them, a society smothered in brands and digital distractions. In a shopping mall food court, they panic, asking, "What's wrong with everyone?" "Are they sick?" "Everyone's so fat!" Ben reminds them, "We don't make fun of people," to which his youngest daughter adds, "except Christians."

The caricature of self-righteous leftism on display here is spot on, and "Captain Fantastic" walks a fine line between seeing the good faith in Ben's Thoreau-like beliefs and acknowledging the rather authoritarian way in which he pushes them on his kids. On one level, Ben looks like a nutter, putting his kids through cruelly Spartan training and filling their minds with leftist dogma (the family celebrates Noam Chomsky's birthday instead of Christmas). But in a time where much of civilization could be underwater by the time our children become adults, there's the creeping feeling that Ben may actually be the only realist.

Recalling my own childhood, I never saw my two best friends on weekends because their dad would take them up to backwoods Vermont, where they were forced labor on his project of building a house from scratch. Living in a comfortable suburb, he seemed like a nutter too, that is until I learned that he grew up in Germany when it was overrun by the Soviets at the end of World War II. Unlike the rest of us, he knew how bad things could get.

If you grew up in the counterculture rebelling against authority only to find yourself a decade later in the role of responsible parent — imposing rules on screen time, junk food and curfews — you will certainly dig where Ross is coming from. I saw a lot of truth in the character Ross creates here, and it didn't surprise me to learn that part of his own childhood was spent on a commune. Rare is the person who can grow up with a sense of humor about their past traumas, and "Captain Fantastic" is just that: fantastic.

© The Japan Times Ltd. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Captain Fantastic Japanese Q&A

Source: Message From Viggo Mortensen.
Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us Viggo's Q&A from CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Japanese official site.
© Bleecker Street.
You are also a father in real life. Has your perspective as a father changed before and after playing Ben in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC?

I do not think it has changed the way I feel or behave as a father, but I believe that the experience of working in the movie "Captain Fantastic" has reminded me of the importance of being as present as possible in my relationship with my son, and especially of the value of listening to him and others. The movie, in a way, encourages us to be truly open, to engage in two-way communication, especially with people and ideas that we are unfamiliar with, or instinctively reject at first.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC has been highly commended at various film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. Why do you think this film is received so well throughout the world?

I think that the movie has been embraced around the world because it deals with universal concerns. I imagine that all people have found themselves in situations that challenge their pre-existing beliefs and points-of-view about other people and the world they live in, situations that have perhaps brought into question certain prejudices that they might have about different ways to communicate and coexist within families and in society at large. It is also a movie that inspires audience members to consider how they were brought up, how parents and/or other adult authority figures related to them, the types of communication and human coexistence models that they may have been exposed to as children. It is, in part, a movie story about constantly striving to find a new, and better balance as individuals and as members of society, about learning how to admit errors and improve oneself.

Was the shooting of the film tough for you? Was it easier than THE LORD OF THE RINGS?

Although the "Captain Fantastic" shoot was much shorter than the extremely long process of filming Peter Jackson's trilogy, there was a similar bonding that occurred with the cast and crew. True and lasting friendships were also formed during the process of preparing and filming Matt Ross' movie. Although the filming time was much shorter than that of "The Lord of the Rings", the "Captain Fantastic" team had to do a lot of work in the outdoors together, and efficient collaboration and trust was very important to the successful telling of our story as well. We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to unite several cast members of both movie productions at a dinner 2 months ago in Los Angeles. It was wonderful to see parts of the two "families" together that night. All of the children from "Captain Fantastic", plus their movie "mother", Trin Miller, got to know Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan. We got along very well and some good stories were shared.

We think that this film is particularly meaningful with respect to the current social situation in the US. What do you think about that?

I agree. But I do not think the movie's relevance is limited to the socio-political situation in the US. We have had tremendous success and great reactions from the public in every country we have shown the movie in. In my personal interactions with audiences in different parts of Europe and Latin America, for example, I have found that people were able to connect the events and emotions depicted in "Captain Fantastic" not only to their own family situations, but to the obstacles they saw to peaceful, productive social interaction in their own countries, and to the problems arising from polarization in their political systems.
The benefits of global, high-speed mass communication that modern technology provides has not yet led to greater understanding among people of different racial, religious, philosophical, linguistic, sexual, or national backgrounds. For the moment, most people seem to use the new technology to basically add more selective, biased information to reinforce their pre-existing world views and prejudices. This causes more polarization and conflict. Hopefully this situation will change and improve with the passing of time and the increasing evidence of the benefits that come from sincere curiosity and collaboration. Our movie address the importance of making an effort to learn about a wide range of ways of co-existing with other people and with nature. This matters to all people, affects all people.

You were nominated for Best Actor for the Academy Awards with this film. How did you feel at the ceremony?

I was extremely proud to represent Matt Ross and everyone who helped him to tell his extraordinary original story, "Captain Fantastic", and it was very enjoyable to attend the Oscar ceremony with my son, Henry. We had a good time together. He also accompanied me to the award ceremonies for the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Independent Spirit Awards. I was honoured to have been nominated as an actor for all of those, as well as The BAFTA awards. It is very rare to be recognized in this way by peers and critics. It happened to me nine years ago for my work in David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises", and I did not expect it to happen again. Just being included in these awards events was a significant victory for our relatively small movie production, and our nominations have encouraged people around the world to watch "Captain Fantastic". For that I am very grateful.

Could you please give a message to the Japanese audience who are looking forward to seeing the film?

First of all, I am sorry that I cannot be in Japan to present the movie to audiences there, as I have been able to do with other movies a few times in past years. I hope that all who are able to see "Captain Fantastic" - hopefully on a big screen that will show the movie to best advantage - will enjoy the journey of the 'Cash' family as much as all of us who took part in the filming in the forests of Washington State and in the deserts of New Mexico did. "Captain Fantastic" is a movie that I'm very proud of, and that I believe will be remembered and valued for years to come. It is wonderful that it is being presented with such care in Japan.

© Captain Fantastic Productions LLC. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Thanks for One Helluva Ride!

Oscar Red Carpet 2017
Oscar Red Carpet 2017
Image Frazer Harrison.
© Getty.

Wow! What an awards season this has been for us here at Viggo-Works! Our heartiest congratulations to Viggo for being recognized for his wonderful work in Captain Fantastic, by so many prestigious institutions and also by so many of the top notch cinema media outlets. Let's just say ... they know extraordinary talent when they see it. It was fun for all of us to watch him enjoy himself at all of the various ceremonies and festivals. Somewhere beneath those lovely tuxedos there lurks a true party animal. What a ride!

Once again ... Congratulations Viggo! May you enjoy the recognition that you so rightfully deserve for this project and an incredible body of work in cinema.

We are more than eager to see what your next projects will be, either in front of, or behind the camera. Where will you take us next?

© viggo-works.com. Images © Getty.

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