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Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

Birthday: 20 October 1958, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr.
Height: 180 cm

Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.Mortensen was born in ...Show More

Viggo Mortensen
[on awards] I don't' think awards make you better, they don't really have any effect. They can have Show more [on awards] I don't' think awards make you better, they don't really have any effect. They can have a negative effect on your career, or they can have a positive effect in terms of business, but I don't think they can help you do the job better. I think it's kind of a crapshoot. Hide
Life is short... I like to pay attention while I'm going through it. Whatever I see, like anyone els Show more Life is short... I like to pay attention while I'm going through it. Whatever I see, like anyone else, I'm going to filter it and create my own idea of what it is. - on painting, creating music, writing poetry, and taking photographs in addition to acting. Hide
I'm the one who said yes to these movies, and now I'm having to pay the price for it. I mean if I ha Show more I'm the one who said yes to these movies, and now I'm having to pay the price for it. I mean if I had my druthers, I wouldn't do any movies anymore, frankly. Hide
I don't plan [my career]; I wait and hope the right thing will find me. I don't plan [my career]; I wait and hope the right thing will find me.
I'm not 23 years old and I don't have plans to make another 20 big Hollywood movies or something. I'm not 23 years old and I don't have plans to make another 20 big Hollywood movies or something.
I'd like to, when it's all said and done, say that I have at least a few stories that I feel proud o Show more I'd like to, when it's all said and done, say that I have at least a few stories that I feel proud of. I don't just want to look back and say, 'I was on x number of magazines.' As far as money goes, there's a saying in Denmark: 'Your last suit doesn't have any pockets.' You can't take it with you. You can make all the money you want, but who cares? Hide
I was on my way out of a Sunday rehearsal. When I was walking out of the gym, all sort of sweaty, ha Show more I was on my way out of a Sunday rehearsal. When I was walking out of the gym, all sort of sweaty, half in street clothes and half in Aragorn's clothes, waving the sword around, trying to keep a mental picture of what we've just done. Just walking down the street, down to where my car was parked, on a Sunday afternoon, waving the sword around, looking like some desperate Rasputin character. Cops car comes: there's been some report... Hide
Seeing who you are playing with is a relief. In The Lord of the Rings we did a lot of things when th Show more Seeing who you are playing with is a relief. In The Lord of the Rings we did a lot of things when there was nothing there. Hide
[on David Cronenberg] [He] has helped me do really good work, better than other directors. Maybe bec Show more [on David Cronenberg] [He] has helped me do really good work, better than other directors. Maybe because he understands my process and because we have some things in common in terms of our sensibility - the kinds of books we like to read, our sense of humor is similar. Hide
Some people will say, 'Ahhh, he's over the top, it's gratuitous,' [but] I disagree completely. He's Show more Some people will say, 'Ahhh, he's over the top, it's gratuitous,' [but] I disagree completely. He's one of the most responsible filmmakers today as far as showing violence - which there's very little of compared to other movies. It just stays with you because he shows very little of it. It just stays with you and he's very direct about it. He shows you what happens, and what the consequences are physically and emotionally, in some cases; certainly he does in A History of Violence (2005), and also here [in Eastern Promises (2007)], that makes him very honest - on David Cronenberg. Hide
[on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)] I went on opening day to see it. I was actually in Arg Show more [on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)] I went on opening day to see it. I was actually in Argentina, and I went with a bunch of kids and their parents. It was kind of a party atmosphere, it was fun, it was in 3-D, and they had popcorn. I enjoyed it. In particular it was nice to see some of the landscapes I remembered. It was a nice trip down memory lane, where we'd shot near some of the places where I'd gone camping or fishing. Hide
[on The Lord of the Rings trilogy] In the first movie, yes, there's Rivendell, and Mordor, but there Show more [on The Lord of the Rings trilogy] In the first movie, yes, there's Rivendell, and Mordor, but there's sort of an organic quality to it, actors acting with each other, and real landscapes; it's grittier. The second movie already started ballooning, for my taste, and then by the third one, there were a lot of special effects. It was grandiose and all that, but whatever was subtle in the first movie, gradually got lost in the second and third. Now with The Hobbit, one and two, it's like that to the power of 10. Hide
There is no star in LOTR. The Fellowship is a union. There is no star in LOTR. The Fellowship is a union.
(On David Cronenberg) It's comforting to be working with someone you know will make a good movie. (On David Cronenberg) It's comforting to be working with someone you know will make a good movie.
On the role of an actor in film: "It comes down to the fact that you supply the blue, and they suppl Show more On the role of an actor in film: "It comes down to the fact that you supply the blue, and they supply the other colors and mix them with your blue, and maybe there's some blue left in the painting and maybe there isn't. Maybe there wasn't supposed to be any there in the first place. So have some fun and make a good blue and walk away." Hide
But I can also publish books by interesting painters and writers and I can afford to do so because m Show more But I can also publish books by interesting painters and writers and I can afford to do so because my own books sell and there's a public that's interested in that. And the public have gone to see exhibitions I've had - more than they would have. Hide
Photography, painting or poetry those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things, they are my Show more Photography, painting or poetry those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things, they are my way of communicating. Hide
Be kind. It's worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might Show more Be kind. It's worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them. Hide
(On his research for Eastern Promises (2007)) I found some materials, some books and also a document Show more (On his research for Eastern Promises (2007)) I found some materials, some books and also a documentary a friend of mine made called "The Mark of Cain". It's a hard thing to do but she went into maximum-security prisons in Russia and spoke to people like Nikolai. And I went to Russia as well. I read and listened to and looked up anything I could that had to do with Russians even loosely connected with this story. The more Russian I could be and seem authentically, the better it would be. Hide
Y'know, I had a preconceived idea of Freud being very stiff, very formal, a wizened old man, a very Show more Y'know, I had a preconceived idea of Freud being very stiff, very formal, a wizened old man, a very rigid personality. And he was anything but. He was very gregarious. Great conversationalist. Someone who lived by his wits. Hide
[on Peter Jackson] Peter, I was sure he would do another intimately-scaled film like Heavenly Creatu Show more [on Peter Jackson] Peter, I was sure he would do another intimately-scaled film like Heavenly Creatures (1994), maybe with this project about New Zealanders in the First World War he wanted to make, but then he did King Kong (2005). And then he did The Lovely Bones (2009) and I thought that would be his smaller movie. But the problem is, he did it on a ninety million dollar budget. That should have been a fifteen million dollar movie. The special effects thing, the genie, was out of the bottle, and it has him. Hide
[on A History of Violence (2005)] If not the best, it's one of the best movies I've ever been in. Th Show more [on A History of Violence (2005)] If not the best, it's one of the best movies I've ever been in. There's no such thing as a perfect movie, but in the way that that script was handled, the way it was shot ... it's a perfect film noir movie, or it's close to perfect I should say. Hide
Well, I certainly wouldn't be here and my face wouldn't be up there on a poster if it wasn't for the Show more Well, I certainly wouldn't be here and my face wouldn't be up there on a poster if it wasn't for the success of Lord of the Rings. It's just a fact: film-making, finance, life. Hide
Viggo Mortensen's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (50)
Viggo Mortensen Viggo Mortensen'S roles
Master Chief John James Urgayle
Master Chief John James Urgayle

Frank Hopkins
Frank Hopkins

Chester MacFarland
Chester MacFarland

Aragorn
Aragorn

Lucifer
Lucifer

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud

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