Creating Old Bull Lee

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Creating Old Bull Lee

Let's talk about your character, that Burroughs that Kerouac in his novel renamed Old Bull Lee ...

"Never thought I'd play him. As a reader, I have always imagined myself in the role of Dean Moriarty (Neal Cassady, Kerouac's best friend, who is played in the film by Garrett Hedlund, ed. ). Burroughs was admired by other writers for his unique learning, knowledge of drugs and anarchist thinking. I remain fascinated by his sensitivity and the new forms of syntax and grammar that he experimented with. To get closer to the character, I studied the way he pronounced certain words, the rhythm, the voice affected by drugs and age."

Viggo Mortensen: "Do I look sexy?"
By Simona Coppa - translated by Ollie
9 October 2012

Did you need special makeup?

We were going to do it and possibly Stephan, who had transformed me in The Road, might have done it, but he couldn't and I decided to do it anyway. I resemble Burroughs more, in the color of my eyes and that stuff, so I prepared it more from within.

Viggo Mortensen: "I think I've learned from my mistakes"
By Gloria Scola - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
30 April 2013

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