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...
Jameson Empire Award Winners Announced!
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
This week I'm looking back at a film which, alas, I still haven't seen because there is no version with English subtitles for Region 2 (and why not?) Loin Des Hommes. This is a film which Viggo was very eager to make. It's also one for which he requested a long preparation time, so determined was he to deliver convincing French and Arabic. Arabic, of course, was a new language for Viggo and he worked hard to create the correct regional dialect. Although fluent in French he then had to take the Québécois edge off it. Unsurprisingly it was David Oelhoffen who came up with one of my favourite quotes about Viggo: ...it's difficult for things to go wrong when you work with Viggo Mortensen.
In Far From Men,Viggo Mortensen, his sharply planed face weathered and solemn, plays a man who looks as if he were quarried right out of the hard red-rock earth.
New York Times
30 April 2015
it's a face that paints a thousand unknown memories)...
1 September 2014
I had dreamed of bringing Viggo Mortensen on board; his singularity made him the perfect fit for the role.
Director David Oelhoffen
21 August 2014
I'd seen him in a Spanish film called Captain Alatriste and I knew he could speak perfect Spanish. I didn't know he could speak any language on earth, but I always had his face in my mind for this character, it actually helped me to write the script.
2015 Tribeca Film Festival Interview: David Oelhoffen
By Lia Fietza
25 April 2015
It was one of the easiest decisions I ever had as far as accepting a part. I felt fortunate that it had been offered to me.
More Than a Movie: Far from Men Tells Important Human Story
By David Onda
24 April 2015
How long did it take you to master the French and Arabic?
I think I worked a lot. I worked for months and in Spain, where I live, I found someone who was from North Africa, and he helped me a lot. I looked at the whole script, and I made sure I could say it all in Arabic and made sure it was Arabic from that region.
Venice: Viggo Mortensen Talks Mastering New Languages
by Ariston Anderson
2 September 2014
Is there nothing he cannot do?
Sydney Morning Herald
31 July 2015
Sometimes I asked people I met on the street [in Algiers] or in the cafes about things that could help me to finish building the character in the film we are soon going to shoot in the Atlas mountains. Specific things about phrases or historical references in our script - trying out my very limited Arabic vocabulary, mixed with the French that I'm refining for the shoot - but in general just seeking out human contact, to go along touching, even if it was only ephemeral brushing against, the history of the many cultures that have passed through this city.
Viggo on preparing to film while in Algiers
For It To Rain
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
19 October 2013
We always thought with Viggo Mortensen that Darus character was very close to Camus himself, a Camus who would have stayed in Algeria, with no Nobel prize and literary success, a Camus who would have become a teacher.
Interview: Far From MenDirector David Oelhoffen
by Steve Newall
13 October 2015
[Darus] lived with the ugly side of people and has decided to distance himself from everything - violence, corruption, conflict, the evil side of things. He wants to do good, teaching Arab children to read. I understand that impulse, but no one can flee forever because life is finally going to seek us out.
Viggo Mortensen: "Camus has the ability to plunge into the grey areas"
By José Manuel Cuéllar - translated by Ollie and Zoe
ABC.es - Hoy Cinema
2 October 2015
...the landscape pushed us together, and we're really small... I like that David chose to do several shots where we're so small, that you really have to look, even on a big screen -- we're that tiny -- when we're leaving the school...
TIFF Q&A transcribed by Topaz
14 September 2014
Nobody moseys like Viggo Mortensen. In The Road, Appaloosa, Jauja, and the new French Western Far From Men, the erstwhile Aragorn masters the tricky art of being a figure in the landscape. When it comes to traipsing either purposefully or desperately across the widescreen frame, hes several lengths ahead of the competition...
30 April 2015
Viggo Mortensen is terrific as Daru. He shows the conflicts of a principled man living in an unprincipled time, almost exclusively through minor shifts of his face and eyes. Few actors can say as much as he can by saying little.
25 April 2015
Mortensen has a heroic presence but he is also unafraid of conveying an almost feline grace. There are moments in this film when he reminded me of the young Gary Cooper, and of Steve McQueen, two other actors who convincingly integrated sensuality and masculinity. These are qualities he shares with Kateb, and when they are together on screen their interaction is absolutely riveting.
The Saturday Paper
31 July 2015
It's the kind of story that you can transpose to many places in the world right now, says Mortensen. These two people seem so different and so unlikely to be able to carry on a conversation, much less become friends, but it is possible, only it takes a certain amount of patience and a degree of forgetting oneself, and to really, really listen to someone else.
Interview: Viggo Mortensen
The Financial Times
27 March 2015
As every year, the Feature Films awards will be presented by personalities of the world of cinema at the Closing Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 7:15 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Below you can discover the list of the awards presenters for the 72nd edition of the Festival de Cannes!
Gael GARCÍA BERNAL
President of the 2019 Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury
President of the 2019 Un Certain Regard Jury
President of the 2019 Caméra d'or
The Awards Ceremony will be broadcast free-to-air, live and with exclusivity by CANAL+.
If you are lucky enough to be in Cannes, meet up on the forecourt of the Palais to follow the event live on the giant screen at the Steps.
This week's Quotable is a round-up of reporters' first encounters with Viggo. Some are thoughtful, some quirky and witty, all giving their impressions of meeting a man who is just as likely to turn up with a gift of chocolates and talk about the latest book he's read, as actually get down to answering their questions directly. Some are clearly awed by the encounter, and maybe more than a little seduced.
Meeting the Madrid-based poet, actor, photographer, editor and publisher in this place and under these circumstances feels something akin to encountering an albino bison in a veal pen. He seems to be a soul meant to wander the earth in search of universal truth, not discuss Hobbit movies over canapés with journalists.
On interviewing Viggo in a posh hotel
Dr. No: Viggo Mortensen Has Made Turning Down Roles Into an Art Form
By Oliver Jones
6 July 2016
Viggo Mortensen is pressing me to eat a croissant from a large basket sitting on a table in front of him. It is certainly the right hour for them - most actors would draw the line at 8.30am interviews - but whoever imagined that arthouse cinema's most visibly rugged outdoors man would start his day with effete French pastries? This is the man whose chosen set souvenir from Lord of the Rings was his horse! He looks relieved when I take one; nobody need now be embarrassed.
Viggo Mortensen gets dirty to play a 'wolf dad' in Captain Fantastic
By Stephanie Bunbury
Sydney Morning Herald
2 September 2016
Viggo Mortensen has come bearing pancake mix. We are curbside at the tiny airport in Syracuse, New York, on a truly dreary day (even by Syracuse standards), and within seconds of hopping into his rented Ford Fusion, I learn two things about him: He's the kind of guy who picks you up at the airport, and he's the kind of guy who brings presents. Pancake mix is a delicacy in upstate New York. "Do you like maple syrup?" Because he brought me some of that, too. He's prepared a gift bag.
Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid
By Lisa DePaulo
25 May 2016
In the flesh, his inscrutability gives off an electric hum. He is soberly dressed - grey suit, sensible shirt - and speaks in hushed, gravelly tones. If you didn't know, and of course you do, you might mistake Mortensen for a visiting academic or a writer.
Understated A-lister Viggo Mortensen tells our reporter about his new cult hit 'Captain Fantastic' - and why it's impossible to be the perfect parent
by Ed Power
31 August 2016
He presents me with two large chocolate squares, one wrapped in pink paper that has a handwritten "Venezuela" on it, and another in orange paper that has a handwritten "Indonesia."
I am not sure whether he handwrapped them himself or whether they came from a hand-wrapped chocolate shop. I imagine him travelling the world with a suitcase of wrapped chocolates.
Sympathy for the devil
By Chrissy Iley
19 April 2009
Barefoot and clad in a pair of sweats that have seen better days, Viggo Mortensen walks over to introduce himself. His hands and arms are covered with names and phone numbers he has scribbled on himself after checking his answering machine. And his hair is tousled and flecked with tiny bits of paint. None of this can hide Mortensen's deadly good looks.
Viggo Artist & Actor
By Jae-Ha Kim
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Los Angeles, CA 1 April 1999
Viggo! Viggo! I chant in my head, my heart racing faster, fever burning, face flushed with anticipation. Then it dawns on me. I'm a freakin journalist, for Chrissakes...
Viggo, we love you, yeah yeah yeah
By Michelle Devereaux
Totonto International Film Festival
I'm a middle-aged father of two and I'm sitting in Wellington's Duxton Hotel eyeing Viggo Mortensen's bum. If a man's wife tells him often enough what a privilege it is to meet Mortensen, what physical perfection he is, what a sex god, this is what happens.
To thine own self be true
By Guy Somerset
6-12 June 2009
Barefoot, carrying a coffee plunger of water and sporting a United Nations badge on his jacket, Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen wandered into his own press conference as though he were planning to sit on the back lawn.
A Barefoot Viggo Lords It Over The Fans
By James Gardiner
New Zealand Herald
29 November 2003
Viggo Mortensen stacks his case and suit protector neatly in the corner of the room. The precision of the movement is entirely in keeping with an angular formation of razor cheekbones and sharp suit. We probably shouldn't be surprised the Danish-American-Argentine has this travelling thing down.
The Mad Men
The Irish Times
10 February 2012
If you were to analyse a Mortensen interview, you might conclude that Viggo is keen on deflection. He's certainly happier asking questions rather than answering them, and talking about his friends rather than his work in A Dangerous Method
Interview: Viggo Mortensen, actor
9 February 2012
Here's the thing about Viggo Mortensen: I could listen to this man speak on just about any topic for hours. His voice is both passionate and hypnotic. It's impossible not to be engaged when he's speaking because he presents himself with, somehow, both a welcome calmness and a focused intensity at the exact same time. It might be magic. I suspect it is magic.
Viggo Mortensen Will Hypnotize You With His Intensity As He Dissects What's Wrong With Our Polarized Country
By Mike Ryan
7 November 2016
An encounter with Viggo is sitting on a porch, drinking a bombilla of mate and watching time pass in such a way that every now and then new reflections, inquiries, ways of looking at things arise. It can take a whole season. Watching many skies pass by.
By Ramón Raboiras - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Following the press Q&A, as he left the stage, he paused, looked at the huge Viggo Mortensen image on the screen behind him, and said, 'You spelled my name wrong.'There was a horrified moment as the organisers checked in panic, then he smiled, 'No, just kidding....'
Viggo after accepting the Coolidge Award in Boston
Greendragon posting on TORn
6 March 2012