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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe

At the beginning of July we had a belated review in Flood Magazine of Viggo and Buckethead’s collaboration Pandemoniumfromamerica headed ‘It’s Time to Talk About Viggo Mortensen and Buckethead’s Collaborative Album. Well, I think it’s time to ‘Quotable’ again about their experimental music making. Though not quite my thing (I have tried), I do admire the sheer guts it takes to just have fun, muck about, remove all limits and just see what happens. It’s really creativity at it’s most raw.





[Pandemoniumfromamerica] is endlessly unsettling—it sounds more convincingly apocalyptic than the adaptation of The Road Mortensen would shoot six years later. It doesn’t get much more skin-crawlingly weird than hearing Viggo whisper William Blake’s America a Prophecy over his own atonal piano and aimless harmonica on the title track.

It’s Time to Talk About Viggo Mortensen and Buckethead’s Collaborative Album “Pandemoniumfromamerica”
Flood Magazine
by Mike LeSuer
1 July 2020




Taking lyrical cues from William Blake, Rumi, and Jonathan Swift (whose "Holyhead" gets murky, standout treatment), the album could almost be called the dissonant but similarly adventurous Sgt. Pepper of its age...

On Pandemoniumfromamerica
Holding Court with the King: Viggo Mortensen heralds the return of the renaissance man
By Gregory Weinkauf
East Bay Express
2003




"It is a tribute to the memory of the victims of the 11th September tragedy. I wrote the words, but I also used texts that I love very much… It's totally experimental. The Hobbits agreed to join me and it was a lot of fun, we improvised on the spot, we spent our time exchanging instruments. Elijah played the battery and the piano."

Viggo Mortensen on Pandemoniumfromamerica.
A Year in the Life of Viggo Mortensen
by Sophie Benamon
Studio Magazine
2003




"I did some percussion, and Buckethead had this bag of masks, which we all wore while we were playing," Wood says. "It was wild."

Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004




Ask Mortensen about his Buckethead connection and he'll calmly inquire "Do you know him? Have you seen him play?" Say that you have... and Mortensen's face will light up, excited that he's not the only one hip to the six-string slaughtering of Buckethead.

Viggo Mortensen & Buckethead: The man who portrayed Aragorn talks about recording with the king of horror guitar.
By Spence D.
3 March 2004




“I met [Buckethead] like seven or eight years ago when I’d made a recording of...I’d participated in a poetry recording for children and each poet or writer had to invent something about a theme, well, from Greek mythology. I did something about Poseidon and he put it to music. I listened to the music afterward, when the recording was ready and I asked, “Who’s the guitar player?” Then I called him and we began to work [together].”

Viggo Mortensen
"La Ventana" with Viggo and Carme
By - transcribed by Ollie and translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Cadena SER
23 November 2011




'I like to play with music. But I would not define myself as a musician, but as a sound modulator. I love to be with musicians and play, to see what comes out from the mess that we do together.’

Viggo Mortensen
The Painter Hero
By Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan
CIAK
March 2002




One listen to The Other Parade, his rereleased 1998 album with Buckethead, ex-wife Exene Cervenka, and a host of others, reveals total artistic fearlessness (Mortensen plays a motorcycle muffler on every track). Its haunting, post-industrial abstractions make Einstürzende Neubauten sound like 'NSync -- and, if taken in the wrong mood, they may encourage a listener to beat on the disc itself. But there's absolutely no lack of energy and presence.

Holding Court with the King: Viggo Mortensen heralds the return of the renaissance man
By Gregory Weinkauf
East Bay Express
2003




You also composed music for a director who normally eschews scores in his films. How did that come about?

I was surprised that Lisandro wanted to use music in this way, as he had never done that in his first four movies. He said toward the end of the shoot that he wanted something lyrical, perhaps played on guitar, for the sequence under the stars, which is an important transition point in the story. He said he did not care if it was modern or period music, that it should not be recognizable. We did not have much of any money left in the budget for this, as we had just enough to complete the shoot and the editing, so, as one possible, free-of-charge option, I sent him some tracks I had previously composed featuring the great guitar player Buckethead.

Lisandro chose two tracks from a record called Please Tomorrow, recorded in 2004.

Mortensen plays a Danish engineer in Patagonia
By Pam Grady
San Francisco Chronicle
13 May 2015




"I think for him, to work with me, I'm obviously not, you know, a professional musician or a professional music producer or anything like that, so I don't work in a conventional way and I don't have set rules for how we are going to do each take or how long its going to be or what approach we are going to take, so I think it's probably refreshing for Buckethead to just go ahead and play. And be safe, he can be safe in making mistakes, doing whatever. I'm never going to make him do something and I would never use something he didn't like so I think its a safe atmosphere for him to be really creative."

Viggo Mortensen on working with Buckethead
CHUD magazine
By John Makarewicz
2004




Being in the studio with him and just spending a day at work, I walk out of there always feeling a little lighter, all my problems and responsibilities just feel a little less daunting somehow. It's like going for a nice walk in the woods. You just feel a little more able to deal with thing 'cause you know that you've used your time well and gotten something special out of the day. I feel that working in the studio and in particular working with him."

Viggo Mortensen & Buckethead: The man who portrayed Aragorn talks about recording with the king of horror guitar.
By Spence D.
3 March 2004




Listening to Viggo Mortensen and Buckethead's renditions of Viggo's works on This That And The Other is to be brought back to the direct immediacy of art and to be given the opportunity to experience a creation firsthand from its creator.

Review: This That And The Other
By Richard Marcus
blogcritics.org
March 20
2007




“He just inspires me and I feel like I can try different things, too or even suggest stuff… He’s great. I’m so glad that in my life I’ve gotten to know him a little and work with him. He’s one of the most original, genuine, most sincere, and most gifted individuals I’ve met in my life. He’s incredible.”

Viggo Mortensen & Buckethead: The man who portrayed Aragorn talks about recording with the king of horror guitar.
By Spence D.
3 March 2004



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'Falling' Goes to TIFF


Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Found By: Lindi



Thanks to Lindi for the heads up.
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Toronto Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup for 2020 Edition

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Image Caitlin Cronenberg.
© Hanway Films.
. . . Viggo Mortensen's 'Falling' are among the titles set to play during the pandemic-altered event.


In an era of cooperation, and not competition, between traditionally rival fall film festivals, TIFF has also booked Viggo Mortensen's Falling, which bowed at Sundance; Frederick Wiseman's City Hall and Wang Jing's The Best is Yet to Come will both bow in Venice before shifting to screenings in Toronto.

© The Hollywood Reporter. Images © Hanway Films.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe

Having taken a look at Viggo the Woodsman last week, this week I thought we'd revisit Captain Fantastic, a film that tells us that every dream should be taken in moderation. Although Viggo would never be a Ben Cash he was perfect for the role, with his huge array of interests and skills, and his ability to connect with all the youngsters. Filming with him must have been, well, fantastic!





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




'He is an extraordinary man, an extraordinary mind. He had many thoughts and notes — great insights — before shooting. And once filming, Viggo contributed an effortless simplicity and deep humanity that, I believe, elevated the film.'

Matt Ross
Cannes Festival
Eugénie Malinjod
20 May 2016




In "Captain Fantastic," he truly does seem like a hunter, in the Hemingway/James Fenimore Cooper sense. 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.

The Secret Appeal of 'Captain Fantastic': It's Left-Wing… and Right-Wing
By Owen Gleiberman
Variety
14 July 2016




"When I was preparing for this role, I went back to where I used to live [in northern Idaho] and spent some time there. I ended up driving to Washington from Idaho in a pickup truck filled with all kinds of things I thought might be useful. It looked like something out of The Beverly Hillbillies when I arrived.

Viggo Mortensen
Cannes Press Kit
May 2016




Mortensen says he brought "sleeping bags, a canoe, bicycles, clothing, blankets, books, pots and pans — all things that I knew these people would have"… Most of it made it into the film, including a loud patterned red shirt that the actor had squirrelled away from his 1987 wedding.

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




The Lord of the Rings star shows a full complement of skills including driving the family's bus, lighting a fire, playing guitar and rock-climbing.

"To be honest about the climbing scenes, I have a little vertigo," says Mortensen. "It gets me. I'm glad I look like I'm comfortable."

Viggo Mortensen is a marvel in 'Captain Fantastic'
Bryan Alexander
USA Today
19 May 2016




"He's the gentlest man you'll meet, especially with the kids. He's really quiet out in public, but he loved all [us] little ones to pieces. He was hanging around with us all day and telling jokes. He acted like a father figure. He's a great guy."

Nicholas Hamilton
Young Aussie actor Nicholas Hamilton stars with Viggo Mortensen at Sundance
Harry Winsor
If.com.au
15 January 2015




'...music is when we all would get together. That was at least once a day we'd get together, all of us. We really were jamming and laughing and talking. We'd have something to eat. Okay, let's go! And then we'd start playing. The feeling there was, There's no such thing as making a mistake. We're just playing together. We got better and better and more comfortable with each other...I thought the music was important as an initial bonding thing.'

Viggo Mortensen
'Captain Fantastic': Matt Ross, Viggo Mortensen and the perils of off-the-grid fatherhood
by Michelle Lanz
The Frame
7 July 2016




"W.C. Fields said don't work with kids or animals, I guess because they'll upstage you or drive you crazy," said Viggo Mortensen, with a soft chuckle. "But I've always enjoyed it."

Viggo Mortensen
How Viggo Mortensen learned to be captain of 6 kids onscreen
Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times
8 July 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




"You get the sense [Ben] is watching over them kind of like a wolf parent," says Mortensen. "He is not mean to them but a lot is expected. And you are not going to be getting a lot of sugar with it."

Viggo Mortensen gets dirty to play a 'wolf dad' in Captain Fantastic
by Stephanie Bunbury
Sidney Morning Herald
2 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




"It was an awesome family of actors. I was so happy watching this movie with all of us together." Mortensen gestures at the cast, and at the screen that has just delivered a beautiful filmic experience. "I just love this family!"

Captain Fantastic: Viggo Mortensen & Family
by Christine Westwood
FilmInk
11 June 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
Dorkshelf.com
14 July 2016



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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

I’m lucky that I have a nice bit of woodland near me. It’s small but somehow feels immense when I walk in it. Trees have that effect on you, and I spend a lot of time there – especially lately - just enjoying the light and the leaves, the rustle of small creatures in the undergrowth and the sound of birds. Viggo is also a man at home in the forest (or occasionally lost in it…) being a woodsman through and through. As he says below, when things are tough “it is enough to walk in the forest to immediately feel better.”





‘I believe that I'm a man of the hills, the woods, the angry sea, a somewhat solitary guy …’

Viggo Mortensen in Algiers
For It To Rain
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Sobrevueloscuervos.com
19 October 2013




He smells of woodsmoke, as though he’s just returned from some manly pursuit like chopping logs in a forest. Again, highly possible. He does have a home in the remote mountains of Idaho, surrounded by woods. In fact the scent is wafting from his cup of tea.

Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
Chitra Ramaswamy
The Scotsman
24 May 2013




“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.”

Captain Fantastic Producer Lynette Howell Taylor
Viggo Mortensen
Cannes Press Kit
May 2016




“I am a happy man when I am not tied down,” he says, taking a sip of maté. “I don’t have a hidden self, I am not prone to depression. If I feel unwell, it is enough to walk in the forest to immediately feel better.”

Viggo Mortensen, Beautiful Savage
Richard Gianorio
Le Figaro
26 September 2008




Like the philosopher Thoreau, Viggo likes to lose himself in the woods, into the wild, in a trip into nature to find beauty and freedom, and to find the essence of life, as he explains with a deep, quiet voice, between long pauses and a cigarette rolled by himself.

Viggo Mortensen, The Photographer Of Dreams
By Giovanni Valerio - translated by Cindalea
norama First
July 2008




Wandering around the gallery in bare feet sporting a Lord of the Rings shirt, Mortensen describes how one series of photographs on show were a bit of a fluke. Lost 1,2,3 and 4, he jokingly calls them, were taken when he was geographically challenged in the bush on the West Coast one night. The photographs were snapped so that the flash might give him light to get his bearings.

"I eventually had to lie down under a tree for a while till the moon came over me and I could figure out where I was."

Viggo Mortensen at the Massey exhibition, NZ.
Viggo Says Thanks in Pictures
by Bess Mason
Dominion Post, 2003




‘I also like trees in their own right, to be honest, and photographing them is a way of paying them respect and remembering them.’

Skovbo Exhibition Brochure
May/June 2008




“The Danish woods look like Tolkien's, they are the kind that doesn't look dangerous, but if you walk alone by night in the forests of Denmark, you can feel the energies of the past. I felt that already as a child, back then when I played with swords there outside my uncle's farm, played and felt like a Viking.”

Viggo Mortensen
The American Dane
By Susanne Johansson - Translation by Majken Steen Thomassen
Berlingske Tidende
28 November 2001




... I went fishing for the afternoon in the lovely mountains bordering the state of Colorado, in a wonderful river, surrounded by a landscape out of a John Ford movie... I caught a couple of brown trout and a brook trout. Since I wasn´t hungry and had nowhere to keep them until dinner, I let them go. I almost always release what I catch. Tomorrow I will be tired for the shoot, because tonight I will have to drive several hours to reach the next hotel, but I´m happy. The forest, the rivers, being alone in those places, it´s like food to me.

The Past Is In Everything
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Sobrevueloscuervos.com
19 August 2014




“He has a cabin that looks like it’s out of Lord Of The Rings”, says Currie. “It literally has a tree growing up in the middle of the living room. We had a lot of pizza and watched a lot of Argentinian soccer, drank a few rum and Cokes, and saw a pile of grizzly bears.”

The unlikely trio who brought Oscar contender 'Green Book' to life
Charles Gant
Screen Daily
18 January 2019




“Every tree is something special, just like people are. All different, but... I look at them as I look at people. I get along well with most trees. I don't get into arguments with them, and if I do it's probably my own fault. If I don't watch where I'm going when I'm in the forest, it comes back and smacks me in the nose, and I only have myself to blame.”

RUV Interview
Skovbo Exhibition, Iceland
Translated by Mums
30 May 2008




Even Mortensen's memories of early childhood are deeply spiritual. He tells me about the time he crawled into the woods and fell asleep. "I was sleeping under a tree, and it was very peaceful," he says. "And then a dog started barking, and that's how my parents found me."

You are always escaping, I say.

Yeah, he says. He calls his mother - on my cell phone, because he doesn't have one - to double-check his recollection. "Hi, it's Viggo. Sorry to be calling so late," he says. "Oh shit. You're in the middle of it? That's funny. Is it the tape? [She was watching a tape of The Two Towers.] O.K., sorry, it's just a quick question and then I'll let you get back to what you're doing. Remember there were a couple of times I ran away? And the time the dog came and found me in the woods? How old was I then? About one and a half. O.K. But, anyway, the dog came and found me and I was sitting under a tree? Happy? Sleeping, right?"

Big look of consternation.

"I was sitting in the middle of the woods crying? I thought I was sleeping. Are you sure?"

Finding Viggo
By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004




"I can only speak for myself, but I would go crazy if I couldn't get out of the city and go out into the forest for a little while."

Viggo Mortensen talks The Two Faces Of January, singing with Fassbender and throwing a nappy at Al Pacino
by Tom Ward
GQ
16 May 2014



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