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‘Bourne 5′: Viggo Mortensen Eyed for Villain

Posted by Staff in Jun 22,2015 with No Comments

The plot of Bourne 5 is still under wraps, but if nothing else we can expect it to involve an old friend and a new enemy. Julia Stiles is set to reunite with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for the film, while Viggo Mortensen is being eyed to play the villain. More on the Bourne 5 Viggo Mortensen and Julia Stiles casting after the jump.

Deadline reports Stiles has already closed a deal to reprise her role as Nicky Parsons, a former Treadstone technician who becomes an ally and sorta-kinda love interest to Jason Bourne (Damon). She is the only character besides Bourne to appear in all three of the original Bourne trilogy films. This makes Stiles the second actor confirmed for the movie, after Damon.

Meanwhile, TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider is reporting that Mortensen has been offered the role of the villain. Alicia Vikander was additionally up for a major role as of a few weeks ago. However, neither of them are confirmed at this time.

The new Bourne film will be the fifth in the franchise. It pulls the focus back to Jason Bourne, after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy centered on a new character named Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner). Aaron is not expected to appear in the upcoming movie. Although there have been rumors of an eventual crossover, any plans for another Aaron Cross-centric film are still up in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Viggo Mortensen Talks About ‘Jauja’ and ‘Far from Men’

Posted by Staff in Dec 09,2014 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen rose to international fame as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He has also garnered major critical acclaim for his multiple and complex roles, including performances in three films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, with whom he admits he has forged a special friendship.

In recent pics he has depicted quiet, retiring characters who try to get “far from men,” i.e., who attempt to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but through the twists of the plot suddenly see their inner calm shattered, reminiscent of the role he played in Cronenberg’s 2005 film “A History of Violence.”

The 56-year old Mortensen has recently received tribs at the San Sebastian Festival, Mar del Plata and now at the Marrakech film festival,where he was honored with a special career tribute on Sunday.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Mortensen traveled to Marrakech’s World Heritage square, Place Jemaa el Fna, in the company of snake charmers, fortune tellers and jugglers, to present his most recent work, David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,” a French-language drama set amid the Algerian war of independence that was shot in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. The pic won the SIGNIS award at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

After the presentation in Place Jemaa el Fna, before 7,000 spectators, he was whisked off to the red carpet of Marrakech’s plush Palais des Congres, where he was honored with a personal tribute. Read the rest of this entry »

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Magnolia to Release The Faces of January on Blu-ray

Posted by Staff in Dec 05,2014 with No Comments

Magnolia Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Hossein Amini’s directorial debut The Two Faces of January (2014), starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Bevan, and Leigh Janiak’s film Honeymoon (2014), starring Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, and Ben Huber. Both will be available for purchase on January 13, 2015.

The Two Faces of January

Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete.

(Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer


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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

Posted by Staff in Nov 25,2014 with No Comments

In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, he’s more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.

Doing so, Viggo Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner) or plain seedy (“Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial deb, “The Two Faces of January”); to all of whom Mortensen has brought not so much his good looks but a large humanity.

One case in point: Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” which brought Mortensen to the summer resort of Mar del Plata last weekend, where he was its unquestionable star at the opening ceremony of Latin America’s only “A”-grade festival.

For an actor who has been the lead in one of the world’s biggest movie franchises, Mortensen hardly acts off-screen like a Hollywood super-star. He has a problem in Morocco, for instance, he confesses at Mar del Plata. Like Pope Francis, he supports Argentina’s San Lorenzo de Almagro. He’s also a fan of Real Madrid. The two will face off in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, which takes place in Morocco Dec. 10-20. For the first time, he says in interview, he’s wishing that Real Madrid will lose.

A quick discussion of the improved defensive abilities of Spain’s Isco Alarcon and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, two world-class attacking mid-fielders, follows.

In “Jauja,” which is set in 1882, Mortensen plays Captain Denisen, a Dutch surveyor brought in at the end of the Argentina’s Conquest of the Desert, a euphemism for its army’s wholesale slaughter of its native inhabitants.

On “Jauja,” Mortensen took a production credit – as on “Far From Men,” in a practice begun on Ana Piterberg’s 2012 “Everybody Has a Plan” – and arranged the (spare but important) score. He is also highly articulate – in this case in English – about what he wanted to achieve with both. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viggo Mortensen Talks About Taking Risks in Hollywood Filmmaking

Posted by Staff in Nov 25,2014 with No Comments

“All around the world it’s getting harder to make films,” said the star of ‘Jauja’

One of the most talked-about films in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, Argentinean auteur Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, had its local premiere Sunday at the 29th Mar del Plata Film Festival, presented by the director alongside star Viggo Mortensen and writer Fabian Casas.

The film, winner of the FIPRESCI award at Cannes, features a Danish-speaking Mortensen as a 19th army captain who sets out on a hypnotic and somewhat magical journey through the Argentine Patagonia to find his kidnapped young daughter.

Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina and speaks perfect Castellano, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how the film didn’t get support from Denmark, the hardships of making personal films in Hollywood and how Jauja managed to do what Interstellar did — with no money.

The son of a Danish man and an American woman, the actor, who just won the Best Actor category at the Fenix Awards, had been asked to make a film in Danish for a long time. Surprisingly enough, this Denmark-Argentina co-production didn’t get any support from that country, and still hasn’t been picked up for distribution there, unlike in the U.S. and the U.K. where it will be released in the winter.

The star of David Cronenberg’s edgy Eastern Promises, A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method claims the problem with backing and supporting films such as Jauja is simple: “they don’t see a lot of money there,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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