Viggo Wigged Out By Emotional Role In Cormac McCarthy Movie
17 November 2009
New York Observer
The New York premiere of director John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning, doomful tale The Road was conspicuously missing its blond South African star: Charlize Theron.
On the third floor of the Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on Monday, Nov. 16, soft-spoken actor (and poet/musician/artist/sex object) Viggo Mortensen admitted to the Transom that he had concerns over his role. "I was scared to death of the emotional toll," said Mr. Mortensen, a rumored Oscar contender. "But once I got going and just trusted the boy who's playing the son and we connected, it just took its own natural rhythm and went from there."
Dapper in a double-breasted black suit and leather boots, Mr. Mortensen wore a heart-shaped charm pinned to his lapel -- a prop from another project, he said. "It symbolizes love." You don't say!
Mr. Hillcoat, meanwhile, said that the runaway success Ethan and Joel Coen had with Mr. McCarthy's No Country for Old Men in 2007 didn't faze him. "If we had started thinking about things like Pulitzer Prizes and No Country for Old Men and all that, it would just throw you off," he said.
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