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Viggo at the BAFTAs

Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for another find from tonight's BAFTA red carpet. What a fabulous photo!

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Viggo in London

Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for the find. Last night Viggo, together with Linda Cardellini, attended the British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party at Kensington Palace and here are a few photos from the event.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

I thought that this week we’d take a look at what Viggo loves about movies and acting. Despite all the rigors of promoting films and the endless interviews (Green Book is proving an exceptionally long haul), despite the fact he could pursue at least four other successful careers as an artist, he is still an actor, still looking for great stories, still looking for the magic. And soon he’ll be telling another great story as Writer, Director and Actor.

‘My goal is just to make movies, whether they’re big or small, that I’d like to see 10 years from now. That’s sort of the way I gauge it.’

Viggo Mortensen: Lay off the pope
By Andrew O'Hehir
20 March 2013

"I started thinking about acting about a year before I actually tried it," he says. "I just started watching movies in a different way, not just as entertainment. I started to really think about the ones that got to me, the ones that transported me so that, when I walked out of the theater, I'd be surprised. I'm really not in the desert? Or the 18th century? And I started to wonder what's the trick, how does a movie do that to you, technically? I wanted to try and figure that out."

Viggo Mortensen on 'Two Faces of January,' LOTR and what his movies teach him
By Stephen Whitty
The Star-Ledger
21 September 2014

“I’m sort of old-fashioned in that I don’t think a movie is fully realized until people have paid a few bucks to go into a room and sit down together, with strangers,” he said. “I think there’s something about that that’s different. You can sort of simulate that in your house, but there’s something about the movie house, the movie theater, that I think is valuable. I hope it never completely goes away.”

How Viggo Mortensen learned to be captain of 6 kids onscreen
Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times
8 July 2016

“Everything begins with stillness, with silence. Movies are light and time. Before the movie begins, there is darkness and nothing is happening. When the movie starts, the clock starts, and we see.”

Viggo Mortensen, the Unlikely Leading Man
New York Times
By Thessaly La Force
15 October 2018

“I could have done one big-studio movie after another if the goal was to stay as visible as possible, to make as much money as possible. I guess, because of my temperament, I didn’t want to. I wouldn’t have been telling good stories. The challenge would have always been to try not to make a total ass of myself, even though I knew the story was really stupid.”

Viggo Talks and Talks
By Zoe Heller
T Magazine
2 December 2011

"I think, any good story, the dramatic part of the story, what makes it interesting, why you’d want to go see it, why you’d want to talk about it afterwards--comes from those moments or periods of time, whether it suddenly happens or it’s a gradual realization, that things are not what they seem."

Viggo Mortensen
Capone has a GOOD chat with Viggo Mortensen about politics, THE ROAD, APPALOOSA, and THE HOBBIT!!!
Ain’t it Cool News
3 December 2008

“Every film capable of “seducing” me… represents a stage in my development as an actor”, says the actor. “But also as writer, painter, editor, poet and photographer. Although I can no longer separate my interests one from the other. Nowadays I need to have strong motivations to accept a new film project. I look for fascinating stories to tell.”

Viggo Mortensen: Interpreting the soul of Freud
By Giovanna Grassi
Sette Magazine – translated by Ollie
September 2011

“You put it out there, you promote it, but I can't predict what you or anyone else is going to think of it. I just know if it's a story I want to tell. And, maybe this sounds selfish, but however it turns out, I've still had the great experience of researching it, and studying it, and doing it, and that's the most valuable thing to me. Because that knowledge I've gained — that's something I keep. That's mine."

Viggo Mortensen on 'Two Faces of January,' LOTR and what his movies teach him
By Stephen Whitty
The Star-Ledger
21 September 2014

“I can always count on the benefits of asking the question: "What happened between the cradle and page one for this character?" And that answer is endless, you know? It's as big an answer and as complicated and layered an answer as you want it to be. And I never stop working at that."

Viggo Mortensen
Scott Feinberg's awards season analysis
20 December 2007

‘There are many talented individuals in this art form, but if there is one thing I have learned during the thirty years that I have been working as an actor in the movies it is that there is always a surprise around the corner. Stories and performances you would not expect to work, full of moments of rare beauty, humor, and inspiration. As an audience member, every time the lights go down and the images begin to dance in front of me, I am hoping for that kind of story, those sorts of moments.’

Viggo Mortensen
One-on-one interview with 'On the Road's' Viggo Mortensen
By Steven Lebowitz
6 April 2013

“…when I was watching the reel of clips, going back to the mid-eighties, I just went on a journey personally about where I was at the time. I’d look at Patricia Arquette [in ‘The Indian Runner’] or Diane Lane [in ‘A Walk on the Moon’] or how Al Pacino was in that moment [in ‘Carlito’s Way’], and just the things that happened that are beyond technical explanations, that magical thing that has to do with a leap of faith. And people go, ‘How did you get to that place?’

And honestly, in some cases you don’t know, we were lucky it happened. You just hope those things happen once in a while.”

Viggo talking about the Telluride Film Festival Tribute
Viggo Mortensen: ‘A Grown Man in an Era of Boys’
Jay A. Fernandez
Risky Biz
12 September 2009

“…it's like an invocation, an invitation to magic, to the unexplained, to let the unexpected to enter into our lives."

Viggo Mortensen
A Fantastic Leap of Faith
by Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

“That's a perfect universe, movies. It has everything.”

Viggo Mortensen - For The Good Of The People
By Elliot V Kotek
Moving Pictures
Winter 2008-2009

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Viggo Wins Best Actor at AARP Awards

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
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Thanks to Chrissie for the find.


'Green Book' and 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Win Big at AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

AARP's 18th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards were held the evening of Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Martin Short, the ceremony celebrated 2018's top films, with Green Book and Can You Ever Forgive Me? each earning two awards. Best picture and best actor (Viggo Mortensen) went to Green Book and best screenwriters (Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty) and best supporting actor (Richard E. Grant) went to Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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For Santa Barbara Film Festival, a return to normalcy — until the rain came

Source: LA Times

“It’s a long day, but a good one,” Mortensen said.

Image Getty.
© LA Times.
Viggo Mortensen pulled away from his son's Los Angeles home early Saturday morning, leaving himself with what he thought was more than enough time to make it to the midafternoon Santa Barbara International Film Festival tribute in his honor.

Then the rain started coming down harder, and Mortensen began bumping up the windshield wiper speed in his old Dodge pickup truck. Shortly before reaching Carpinteria, with the rain pouring and wipers all but useless, Mortensen hit a roadblock and was told to turn around. Highway 101 was closed.

Last year's Santa Barbara festival came shortly after the December 2017 fires and subsequent mudslides left the region devastated. The 11-day event gave residents an opportunity to come together as a community and return to a sense of normalcy, and that festive sense of business as usual carried over to this year's 34th edition — until Saturday's deluge.

A morning panel with the producers of the movies nominated for this year's best picture Oscar (moderated by yours truly) saw its numbers reduced after several participants were diverted off the 101. Only Jim Burke ("Green Book"), Ray Mansfield ("BlacKkKlansman") -- both of whom had arrived Friday -- and Bill Gerber ("A Star Is Born") made it. An afternoon writers panel went on with just Paul Schrader ("First Reformed") and Kevin Willmott ("BlacKkKlansman"). An evening tribute to Glenn Close was rescheduled for Sunday.

Mortensen didn't want to cancel. So the 60-year-old actor, Oscar-nominated for his lead turn in "Green Book," drove from Carpinteria to the Camarillo Airport, where he was soon joined by Ed Harris, who was presenting him the festival honor. They dried off, had some sandwiches and onion rings at the airport's Waypoint Cafe and hoped that the rain would abate and a charter plane could make the round trip between Santa Barbara and Camarillo.

A few minutes before the tribute was scheduled, the plane touched down in Santa Barbara.

"It was a little nerve-racking," Mortensen told The Times while smoking a cigarette to unwind. "It was a very bumpy ride."

Mortensen's determination to make good on his commitment underscores the Santa Barbara festival's significance as one of the last stops on the Oscar campaign trail. The in-depth actors tributes, held in the 2,000-seat Arlington Theatre, provide Oscar nominees with a final chance to make an impression, or, in the case of "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek, address the controversy surrounding his film's fired director Bryan Singer.

"My heart goes out to anyone who has to live through anything like what I've heard and what is out there," Malek said Friday, referring to the Atlantic magazine investigation published last week in which four men accused Singer of having sex with them while they were underage.

"It's awful," Malek continued. "It's remarkable that this happens. I can appreciate so much what they've been through and how difficult this must be for them. In the light of the #MeToo era that this somehow seems to exist after that, it's a horrible thing."

Malek then, for the first time, spoke of his own experience working with Singer, saying their situation was "not pleasant." (Singer was fired two weeks before the movie wrapped for failing to show up on the set.)

"For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this," he added, "Bryan Singer was fired."

The festival, which runs through Saturday, uses the tributes as "window displays," in the words of longtime Director Roger Durling, to entice people to buy passes to see the more than 200 movies programmed and increase awareness of its year-round educational programs.

The pitch worked, as this year's event moved a record number of passes, selling out the two lower tiers offered. The festival bookended its lineup with Santa Barbara movies, opening with "Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy," a documentary about the underwater filmmaker and longtime festival supporter, and will close with "Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story," which looks at the region's surfing history.

Festival programmers also continue to run the Riviera Theater, recently selling more than 4,000 tickets to Oscar contender "Roma" during a seven-week run.
But it's the tributes — and sometimes the receptions afterward — that receive most of the attention. Six years ago, Ben Affleck headed over to a nearby restaurant where he kibitzed with awards bloggers, asking them to move "Argo" up in their rankings.

Mortensen didn't have much time to schmooze beyond smoking that one cigarette. He had to return to Camarillo, retrieve his pickup truck at the airport and drive back to Hollywood to present a medallion to nominated "Green Book" director Peter Farrelly at the Directors Guild Awards. ("Roma's" Alfonso Cuarón won the honor.)

"It's a long day, but a good one," Mortensen said.

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