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Watch: 37-Minute Interview With Viggo Mortensen On Creativity, Working With David Cronenberg & More

Posted by Staff in Jan 17,2014 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen was at the height of his popularity when the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy came out over ten years ago. Instead of capitalizing on that fame by starring in more high profile projects, he has since become incredibly selective, having appeared in only ten films since 2004 with many of them being outside typical studio fare. His collaborations with David Cronenberg include three of those ten films: “A History of Violence”, “Eastern Promises,” and “A Dangerous Method.” Which begs the question: why does he love working with Cronenberg so much? Well, he talks about that in a half hour-long interview with Jian Ghomeshi on the Canadian radio show, “Q.”

The interview, overall, is fairly loose and Viggo is able to really get into it about his working process with David Cronenberg. He talks about how Cronenberg’s convinced him to do things he otherwise would not have done, such as playing Sigmund Freud in “A Dangerous Method.” He even remarks about how apprehensive he was about starring in “A History of Violence,” but meeting with the director helped ease him into the part. It’s really interesting to hear Viggo Mortensen’s opinion on the director and when the host suggests that the two of them are like brothers, Mortensen does not hesitate to agree with him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viggo Mortensen: ‘I’ve been wanting for some time to be in an Argentine movie’

Posted by Staff in Oct 22,2012 with No Comments

Saturday saw Viggo Mortensen deliver a Screen Talk at the BFI London Film Festival, talking about his career-to-date and his latest film Everybody Has A Plan.

Award-winning actor Viggo Mortensen delivered a Screen Talk at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday in which he discussed his latest role in Ana Piterbarg’s Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) as well as highlights of his film career.

Mortensen – who spent the first ten years of his life in Argentina – plays identical twins in Piterbarg’s film, which was screened at the festival. He said he was attracted to the project because although he had worked on three Spanish-language films before, this was the first one in which the dialect was easy and familiar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Actor Viggo Mortensen honored at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Posted by Staff in Mar 07,2012 with No Comments

Actor Viggo Mortensen took the stage at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline Monday afternoon to accept the theater’s ninth annual Coolidge Award, given to artists who advance “the spirt of original and challenging cinema.”

Prior Coolidge Award winners include Jonathan Demme, Meryl Streep, and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has collaborated with director Martin Scorsese for decades.

Dressed as if he might be preparing for a role as a sailor — in black pea coat, striped nautical shirt, and boat shoes — Mortensen faced a throng of cameras and journalists, thanking everyone “for showing up.”

With that the extent of his acceptance speech, Mortensen alternately joked with reporters and fielded questions — most of them, inevitably, about his role as Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Mortensen has also starred in “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises,” “A Walk on the Moon,” and will appear this year in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview: Viggo Mortensen

Posted by Staff in Feb 11,2012 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen is not the sort of actor you expect to be riddled with doubts.

He comes with a reputation as a serious method actor type, but the confidence he exudes on screen was rattled when he was first approached to play Sigmund Freud.

The 53-year-old admits he had major doubts about playing the father of psychoanalysis in A Dangerous Method, but director David Cronenberg’s, who he worked with on Eastern Promises and A History Of Violence, talked him round.

“I had some reservations that I wasn’t the best actor for the part, I thought it would be a bit of a leap,” he says, in his softly-spoken drawl. “If another director had asked me to play the part, I might not have, but I’m glad I did, I learned a lot about Freud and early 20th-century Vienna.” Read the rest of this entry »

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A few minutes on the couch with Mortensen

Posted by Staff in Jan 09,2012 with No Comments

The king of Middle-earth is now the lord of the subconscious.

Viggo Mortensen, immortalized as the monarch in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, stars as psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud in the new movie “A Dangerous Method,” opening locally Jan. 20. After “A History of Violence” and “Eastern Promises” (for which Mortensen was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor), this is his third collaboration with edgy Canadian director David Cronenberg.

Cronenberg has a gift for gore but, in the new film, the violence is almost entirely psychological, as Freud and his protege Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) are driven apart by ideological differences and a masochistic patient (Keira Knightley).

Born in New York in 1958 to a Danish father and an American mother, Mortensen spent most of his childhood in Argentina, where his father managed poultry farms. After his parents divorced, he completed high school and college in New York, then trekked through Europe for several years before pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles. In 1987, with roles in “Witness” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo” under his belt, he married punk-rock singer Exene Cervenka. Although the couple divorced in 1998, they’ve remained friends and share joint custody of their son Henry. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen talk about ‘A Dangerous Method’

Posted by Staff in Dec 19,2011 with No Comments

Director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen have made three movies together: “A History of Violence,” in which Mortensen played a family man driven to his physical edge; “Eastern Promises,” in which he played a Russian gangster given to outbursts of rawboned brutality; and now “A Dangerous Method,” in which an actor known for his chiseled good looks and compact muscularity delivers an improbably avuncular turn as psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud. The film co-stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, a patient of Jung’s who became his lover and eventually precipitated a break between the two men.

At the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Cronenberg and Mortensen talked about what Mortensen called the director’s “first Merchant-Ivory picture,” while Mortensen nursed a double espresso and a small pot of Argentinian mate tea.

Q. You’ve spent a career making movies about the very drives, impulses and sexual taboos that Freud is so responsible for articulating. It feels like the movie you were always meant to make.

David Cronenberg: The usual question I get is, “This isn’t a very Cronenberg film,” so I think what you’re saying is absolutely correct. It’s sort of about time! It was very cathartic for me, and really a lot of fun. I felt that I was connecting with something very primordial in my life, but also in the development of the intellectual life of the 20th century, which is my century, basically.  Read the rest of this entry »

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