After last weeks Loin Des Hommes Quotable Ive been musing about Viggos ability to make a film in just about any language on earth, including one that isnt actually spoken by humans (elvish). Is there no end to his talents? Well, no, much to the consternation of every journalist on the planet.
Viggo Mortensen Speaking 7 Languages :
Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?
2 September 2014
Viggo Mortensen can do anything. Until recently, that wasn't true. We could all look at him and think, "Yeah sure, but can he speak French?" The answer was no, and our world had a modicum of balance. Now it turns out that answer was yes, and we are all ****ed.
25 August 2014
Viggo Mortensen is one of those people. You probably sat near one in high school, or have one on your floor at work. Good looking, effortlessly talented across a range of fields, just so perfect at everything you want to run them down with your car.
Because he probably had time between art exhibitions, dashing off a book of poetry and ridding Middle Earth of Sauron, the man has managed to become fluent in more than a half-dozen languages.
Viggo entertains in evil twin role
29 June 2013
He's like a one-man United Nations. As well as speaking about eleventy billion languages, Mortensen has made films all over the world and unites the film industries of Spain, the US and Middle-earth.
The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars
Kateb and Mortensen put in utterly convincing performances, the latter showing that he can act in about five different languages.
Loin des Hommes review
Hey U Guys
1 September 2014
Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen a list that includes English, Elvish ("The Lord of the Rings"), Danish ("Jauja"), Spanish ("Alatriste") and Lakota ("Hidalgo"), for those keeping track.
Loin Des Hommes review
30 August 2014
"...he has a musical ear for languages."
Mortensen, director discuss their noirish Eastern Promises
By Dixie Reid, Sacramento Bee,
12 September 2007
"I had days where I was only speaking Russian, and David was like, 'Jesus I didn't realize I was making a foreign film!'
Ties that bind
by Melora Koepke, Hour CA
13 Sept 2007
So how many tongues has he used onscreen?
"Lakota, Elvish -- two kinds of Elvish -- Dwarvish, Arabic, French, Danish, Russian," he listed. "I think I spoke Swedish one time, German, Spanish."
It's possible he may have left out one or two.
2 September 2014
"For our love scenes, he would come to me the night before and say he wanted to change all the lines to the Elvish language. He was trying to make that connection stronger, and I thought it was beautiful that they'd speak Elvish to each other because it adds a layer to their history that you wouldn't otherwise see."
By Anthony Breznican
South Coast Today
15 December 2003
The Empire Icon award this year went to the disgustingly multitalented Viggo Mortensen, who speaks more languages than God...
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30 March 2009
Viggo Mortensen isn't just a celebrity, as you're probably aware. He isn't even just a fine actor. He's also a painter, a poet and a photographer, and he makes records, too, often in collaboration with Buckethead, the masked wizard guitarist. In addition, he's also conversant in half a dozen languages yet another body blow to an interviewer's self-esteem. But I soldiered on.
Viggo Mortensen On 'The Road,'
By Kurt Loder
25 November 2009
"Now, Viggo, you speak seven languages, you write poetry in three languages, Danish, Spanish and English, you ride horses superbly and you're a great swordsman and all our womenfolk are in love with you do you understand how annoying you are?"
Radio interview with Richard Glover
24 March 2009
Viggo, I heard you're fluent in English, Danish and Spanish, conversational in French and Italian AND you can also understand some Norwegian and Swedish. That's seven languages with which I can woo your beard, and I like those odds because your beard makes me want to write sonnets.
Be Mine Beard: Viggo Mortensen Edition
19 February 2014