'I admit I was looking for something I could do with Viggo. A director has a strange relationship with his actors, because after the actor has gone on to his next movie, you're in the editing room living with him every day, dreaming about him and hearing his voice. 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
"I could really see Viggo in that role. You don't do an actor a favor by miscasting him, even if he's a good friend and you like working with him," said Cronenberg, who, to this point, has done all the talking. "I absolutely thought he would be great for the role, and in particular because I know he has a musical ear for languages."
Mortensen, director discuss their noirish Eastern Promises
By Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee,
12 September 2007
"Viggo is a brilliant actor - beyond what people realize - and I believe that with Eastern Promises that is going to be more evident."