In Brief 2008

Viggo: Eastern Promises Best Movie

Source: Metro (UK)

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He's hardly unbiased, but Viggo Mortensen reckons his film Eastern Promises is this year's best movie even though it wasn't nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

"I don't think there's a better movie than Eastern Promises which came out any time this year," he said. "I'm very very proud of it."

The movie, which follows a Russian mafia family living in London, features a scene where a completely naked Viggo has a violent fight in a bathhouse with some would-be assassins.

"The thing about that scene is it works because of the emotional content as well as the actual nakedness," he said.

"It's a small movie in itself. A survival story - the survival of the fittest. That's the way it needed to be done.

"We worked together as a team, David [Director David Cronenberg] and I. We told it the way it needed to be told, end of story. That's one of many great scenes in the movie, of which there are many."
Last edited: 7 February 2008 15:07:41
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