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Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg worked together for the first time in 2005 on A History of Violence. Since then the revered Canadian director and the multifaceted Lord of the Rings star have formed a consistent collaborative relationship reconnecting again in 2007 for Eastern Promises and in 2011 for A Dangerous Method. This week Mortensen will join his friend and mentor at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto to discuss their creative connection and what makes a great movie. Here, Mortensen shares some of his secrets for success, including why the most natural actors can’t get served at the Beer Store.
Communication over chemistry
I first met David when we were making A History of Violence. We didn’t know each other at the start, but we developed a rapport very quickly and naturally. Before we started shooting we discussed my role, and he made it very clear what kind of movie he wanted to shoot. I understood exactly what he was trying to do. People talk about chemistry, but I would say it’s more about communication – is this someone who you can communicate with? David and I were definitely on the same wavelength, which is why I’ve come back so many times.
Channel your inner six-year-old
If you want to see really great acting look at children playing make-believe. No one ever has to ask a kid, “Can we do another take because I didn’t believe that you believed what you were doing?” Children are totally committed to their fantasy life – they are the thing they are pretending to be. I try to be the same way. When I’m playing Sigmund Freud, I’m really trying to dive into that role. I’m certainly not the kind of actor who is asking everyone on set to call me Sigmund, but I try to give myself over to the process as much as possible. Of course, as an adult I am concerned with the more technical aspects getting things right, but I think when actors start to overthink things is often where they run into trouble. Kids are just able to be. Read the rest of this entry »