Viggo Mortensen: ‘Often people are desperate, so I do what needs to be done’

Posted by Staff in Apr 07,2015 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen is in his socks – he likes to go shoeless whenever he can – and is making a cup of tea. If this does not seem a thing of note, you’ve never watched Viggo brew. He carefully portions out green leaves from his own pouch into his personal silver vessel – a modern version of the South American mate gourd – then decants the water into a silver Thermos, adding the leaves to brew. “I’m ready to go,” he says, pulling his vessel close.

I mean, obviously he’d have been ready to go five minutes ago if he’d just dunked a tea bag in a cup with a slosh of milk like most of us do, but it’s clear Viggo likes to do things on his own terms and to his own very precise standards. You just have to look at his CV to see that. Viggo became an internationally fancied and bankable star as Aragorn, king of men, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy starting back in 2001. It’s a reputation he’s cemented over the years, in large part with another trio of films – A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method – all directed by David Cronenberg. Though he received an Oscar nomination for Eastern Promises in 2007, Viggo never capitalised on the earning potential the LOTR franchise offered. In fact, that idea is baffling to him. He says he only took the role of Aragorn to please his son, Henry, who was around 10 years old at the time.

Given the choice, what Viggo wants above all else is to tell a story he thinks is interesting. “I don’t really look for movies based on the budget or the nationality or the language,” he has said. “I just want to be in movies that I wouldn’t mind seeing 10 years from now.” Looking at the films he has been in since he made his name, it’s fair to say his vision of enduring storytelling is not one seen in the romcoms and blockbusters that typically make for box-office hits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview: Viggo Mortensen

Posted by Staff in Apr 07,2015 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen describes the character he plays in Argentine director Lisandro Alonso’s sinuous, dreamlike movie Jauja as “a sort of Danish Don Quixote”. Shot in northern Patagonia and set in the late 19th century, Jauja’s title refers to the mythical Peruvian land of milk and honey. Mortensen plays Gunnar Dinesen, a former Danish cavalry officer seeking a new life for himself and his teenage daughter. When his daughter runs off with a heedless beau, Dinesen dons his old cavalry uniform, mounts his not-so-trusty steed and sets out on a strange adventure to look for her.

As is his way, Mortensen supplied many of his own accessories for this Spanish- and Danish-speaking part, including a telescope, compass, watch, sabre and some of the clothes he ends up in. Dressed in high-topped cavalry boots with clinking spurs and sporting a shaggy moustache, Mortensen plays Dinesen as a well-meaning but faintly ridiculous relic. “I find him an admirable character in a way,” says the 56-year-old actor. “He’s so obtuse, even when he doesn’t know where he’s going or why he’s going or who he is, he still keeps moving forward. It’s his stubbornness which I find both pathetic and endearing and, as I say, admirable.”

Dinesen is the latest in a series of knights errant Mortensen has played for the cinema. Most famously he incarnated Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), then there was an Oscar nomination for his Russian mafioso with a body full of tattoos and a heart of gold in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007), and a turn as a dashing 17th-century Spanish knight in Captain Alatriste (2006), a film based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s popular series of novels. When you also consider that the publishing company Mortensen founded in 2002 is called Perceval Press, after the chivalric knight in the Holy Grail legend, an altruistic tendency begins to emerge.

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New photos of Viggo Mortensen added!

Posted by Staff in Feb 23,2015 with No Comments

I added some new photos of Viggo Mortensen during the press conference of presentation of his book “Children of the forest” at the Museu Blau in Barcelona on 19 February 2015.

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‘Jauja’ Trailer: Viggo Mortensen in a South American Western

Posted by Staff in Feb 18,2015 with No Comments

Jauja looks like a western, but it really takes place in Patagonia in the late 1800s — and the film’s aspect ratio and general sense of tone reinforce the idea of this being something from decades past. Viggo Mortensen stars as a military captain working with the Argentine army, and the film appears to put his facility with languages to great use. Lisandro Alonso directs, and this looks like a very beautiful and unusual film for an audience that wants to see something different. Check out the Jauja trailer below.

Even if this isn’t set in the American west, there are some other western film concepts here: the remote location, with lines drawn between friendly and enemy territory. Then there’s the fact that Mortensen’s character’s daughter disappears into the wilderness, leading him on a search to find her. Combine those elements with the apparent tone of the film and the gorgeous score — also by Mortensen! — this seems like a movie for those who really like Jarmusch’s Dead Man. [Source]

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Happy New Year 2015!

Posted by Staff in Dec 31,2014 with No Comments

In a few short hours, many of us will finally be celebrating 2015. I am sure that 2015 will be a great year. As always, I plan to bring you the best exclusives possible. This website will always feature the latest and most up-to-date gallery and I continue to work to bring you the best possible website.

But most of all, I hope that you guys had an awesome 2014 and an even better 2015. Thanks for all the support.

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Viggo Mortensen at the “Jauja” Madrid Premiere

Posted by Staff in Dec 16,2014 with No Comments

I added a few photos of Viggo Mortensen attending the “Jauja” Madrid Premiere  held at the Matadero Cineteca in Madrid, Spain on December 11st, 2014. You can go to the gallery to take a look and enjoy!

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“Jauja” Madrid Premiere

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