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Viggo Mortensen Signs With UTA

The actor is coming off a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in ‘Captain Fantastic.’

Viggo Mortensen has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The actor was previously without an agent.

Mortensen is nominated for Independent Spirit, Critics Choice and Satellite awards for his quirky turn in the family dramedy Captain Fantastic. The movie premiered at Sundance in January and won the People’s Choice Award at the Rome Film Festival in October. It also garnered the audience awards at the Deauville and Karlovy Vary and Seattle International Film Festivals. In THR’s review, critic Leslie Felperin called Mortensen “charismatic as ever.”

The Manhattan native, who founded the indie publishing house Percival Press, is best known for playing the noble, kingly Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as for his collaborations with David Cronenberg. He starred in the director’s A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method as well as Eastern Promises, for which he received an Oscar nomination for his role as a (naked sauna-fighting) mob enforcer.

His other credits include Dimension’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, A Walk on the Moon and G.I. Jane.

Mortensen continues to be repped by manager Lynn Rawlins and attorney Stuart Rosenthal of Bloom Hergott. [Source]

‘Captain Fantastic’ Star Viggo Mortensen Recalls Early Acting Role in CBS Miniseries

Viggo Mortensen’s choice of roles demonstrates his broad range, eclectic point of view, and love of complex characters. In David Cronenberg films alone, he has played a hardened Russian gangster in London (2007’s “Eastern Promises”), Sigmund Freud (2011’s “A Dangerous Method”), and a quiet family man thrust into an unusual situation (2005’s “A History of Violence”). But perhaps Mortensen’s most famous role is that of the reluctant king, Aragorn, in “The Lord of the Rings.”

Now, he’s getting the best reviews of his career in “Captain Fantastic,” as a father raising six children off the grid who realizes that holding on too tightly to principles doesn’t always work.

Mortensen got his first mention — his name is misspelled in the credits! — in Variety on April 6, 1984, in a review of the CBS miniseries “George Washington.”

You arrived at acting later than most, as an adult.

I was 22, 23, 24, living in New York, taking acting classes. It was just something I wanted to try. “George Washington” was one of the first things I auditioned for. I only had a couple of lines. I was a French officer. I had to be on a horse the next morning to shoot my scenes.

How did that feel, landing a role in a big network show?

I think at the time I liked the idea. I figured I’d do it until I was 30 and then get a grown-up job. Read More

Oscar Dark Horse Viggo Mortensen on Why He Embraces Fringe Characters

A version of this story on Viggo Mortensenfirst appeared in the “Dark Horses We Love” feature in The Oscar Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Magazine.

“I realize that if you look at my résumé, you might think, ‘Oh, he’s really out there in left field,’” said Viggo Mortensen with a laugh. “But I don’t think in those terms.”

Instead, the 58-year-old, Danish-born actor in recent years has made “Everybody Has a Plan,” a Spanish-language film in which he plays twin brothers; “Jauja,” an arty, surreal travelogue in which he speaks in Danish and Spanish; and “Far From Men,” an Algerian drama in which all his dialogue is in French and Arabic — a far cry indeed from his days as Aragorn in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, though he did spout a little Elvish in those.

“I believe you should pick things you want to see,” he added, “and things that scare you a little bit.”

And this year, for those who like to hear Mortensen speak English, there’s “Captain Fantastic,” Matt Ross’ funny and occasionally wrenching story of a man raising his children off the grid, where hunting and martial arts alternate with reading Nabokov and celebrating Noam Chomsky’s birthday instead of Christmas.

“There are so many human things in him,” said Mortensen of the character. “He’s training the kids to be strong mentally and intellectually and physically, and he’s so certain that everything he’s doing is right. But that makes him inflexible, a benevolent dictator in a way, and when it all comes crashing down the audience and his kids realize it before he does.” Read More

Playback: Viggo Mortensen on ‘Captain Fantastic’ and the Secret to Longevity

On this week’s show, Jenelle Riley and I preview Variety‘s upcoming Actors on Actors showcase, which was produced over the weekend in Los Angeles. We also take stock of contenders like “Fences” and “Hidden Figures” a year after the Academy’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

Later (20:16) I’m talking to “Captain Fantastic” star Viggo Mortensen, who some have said was born to play the role of a Bohemian patriarch in Matt Ross’ film. Mortensen sees it more like the culmination of his accumulated assets after 30 years in this business. Stretching back to Peter Weir’s “Witness,” Mortensen has been a mainstay, and that consistency can be under-appreciated.

“I think you have to be lucky,” Mortensen says of the secret to longevity as an actor. “You have to get opportunities but you also have to be ready for those opportunities. You have to work and you have to be prepared, not only so you can take advantage of a good role if it comes along, or a good opportunity, but to even recognize that it’s a good opportunity, to pay attention, watch movies, study the way people do things.”

Mortensen speaks affectionately about the team that put the film together, from writer/director Matt Ross to every element of the crew. It was a warm experience for him, where it wasn’t just a job for everyone involved but a true passion project.

“It always helps as an actor if, not only the cast, but the crew is really into the story,” Mortensen says. “Everybody that was working on this movie, whether we were in the woods of Washington state or on the road between Washington state and New Mexico or in the southern heat of New Mexico, all of these people were passionate about the story. They were really glad they were a part of the team … It helps you not feel silly making believe in front of them.” Read More

Viggo Mortensen to Attend Third Cannes Festival Film Week in Buenos Aires

The presence of Isabelle Huppert and Viggo Mortensen figure among the highlights of the third Cannes Festival Film Week which runs Nov. 28-Dec. 4 in Buenos Aires.

Programmed and presented with verve by Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux, the event forms part of the 8th Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film mart-meet, organized by Argentina’s INCAA Film Institute and Cannes Film Festival and Market.

Six standout titles from the 2016 Cannes’ Official Selection that have not been released in Argentina will screen at Espacio INCAA Cine Gaumont, an 800-seat movie theater in downtown Buenos Aires. Screenings are often packed.

Viggo Mortensen, the driving force behind Matt Ross’ family drama “Captain Fantastic,” a best director winner at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, will present the movie Nov. 29 and then take part in an audience Q & A. [Source]

Rome Film Fest: Viggo Mortensen Says He Plans Directorial Debut in 2017

The actor, who has written several screenplays, is hoping to direct his first film by next year.

Actor Viggo Mortensen met with festival attendees at a “Close Encounter” event during the Rome Film Fest on Monday night and shared that he is looking to direct his first film as early as next year.

Fans came out in droves for one of the most rambunctious panels of this year’s edition to see the Lord of the Rings star. The fest played a range of clips – from his infamous Eastern Promises sauna fight scene to his wheelchair-bound role in Carlito’s Way, all to great applause.

Saying that he feels uncomfortable judging other people’s works and turns down offers to be on festival juries, he praised the fest for not having a jury, but rather simply being a celebration of cinema. Mortensen also discussed the finer points of being an artist as he looked back over his 30-year acting career.

The Academy Award-nominated actor has worked with several actors turned directors, from Ed Harris in Appaloosa to Matt Ross in Captain Fantastic, which had its Italian premiere at the fest after his talk. As such, it was fitting that Mortensen used his appearance to unveil that he hopes to use much of what he’s learned working with them as he plans his own directing debut as soon as next year.

“Once in the late ‘90s I almost got one made. This year, now, I was supposed to be shooting my first movie as a director, but I lost the money,” he said. “I didn’t lose it, but somebody decided not to give it to me. It wasn’t a lot of money, but I don’t have enough to do it myself.” Read More