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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

AFI Fest: 9 Stars to Appear at THR’s Indie Contenders Panel

Kate Beckinsale, Adam Driver, Sally Field, Rebecca Hall, Margo Martindale, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Chris Pine and Miles Teller will sit down with THR’s Scott Feinberg on Nov. 13 in Hollywood.

Nine stars who are generating major awards buzz for their work in 2016 independent films will participate in AFI Fest’s third annual Indie Contenders Panel, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter, on Nov. 13 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Kate Beckinsale (lead actress, Love & Friendship), Adam Driver (lead actor, Paterson), Sally Field (lead actress, Hello, My Name Is Doris), Rebecca Hall (lead actress, Christine), Margo Martindale (supporting actress, The Hollars), Viggo Mortensen (lead actor, Captain Fantastic), Ruth Negga (lead actress, Loving), Chris Pine (lead actor, Hell or High Water) and Miles Teller (lead actor, Bleed for This) will sit down with THR’s Scott Feinberg in front of a crowd of 200 AFI Fest badgeholders and ticketholders for a 75-minute conversation about their experiences with indie films. [Source]

Viggo Mortensen at the ‘Captain Fantastic’ Premiere – 11th Rome Film Festival

Viggo Mortensen attends the premiere for ‘Captain Fantastic’ during the 11th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 17, 2016 in Rome, Italy. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos. Please, credit if you take the pics.

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‘Captain Fantastic’ Premiere – 11th Rome Film Festival