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