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The Interview: Viggo Mortensen plays Ben in Captain Fantastic

THE Lord Of The Rings star Viggo Mortensen — who is an actor, painter and publisher — returns to the wild as an unconventional father in a new hard-hitting indie movie.

Your character Ben in Captain Fantastic raises six kids in the woods. Is he a good father?

I think he’s a committed, loving father. Does he make mistakes? Yes. That makes him even more human. And what ultimately makes him a good father is the ability to finally recognise when he’s wrong and make an effort to make amends and change course. He encourages dialogue, he encourages people to think for themselves and, in the end, he makes an effort to strike a new balance within himself and his family.

What was your own attitude to parenting [his son, Henry, 28]?

We had very adult conversations when he was little — because he had an aptitude for it and an interest in it. But [it’s about] caring enough and making time, even when there doesn’t seem to be time. That’s the trick. You know, do I need to read my book right now or could I wrestle with him on the floor? If anything, I look back and go, “I should always have said yes to wrestling on the floor.” Now he’s too big!

There’s a scene where you’re rock climbing. How was that?

I had to do it for one other movie and I didn’t like it then either. A bit of vertigo, fear of heights, is something I have. I’m not terrified, but it comes and goes. I never know when it’s going to hit me, but I’m always reticent.

The film’s director, Matt Ross, dissuaded everyone from using their mobiles. Did you appreciate that?

Very much. It’s such a given in society now. It used to be that [on set] people would read a book or talk to each other. There’s less talking now. People are in their own bubble. I was joking the other day, but I said they should have a lane for people [texting] on the sidewalk. Let them bump into each other! Read More

Viggo Mortensen Reveals Why He’s Attracted to Indie Films

Captain Fantastic may sound like a superhero or sci-fi movie, especially since it stars Viggo Mortensen, 57, best known as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the film, in theaters now, is the story of a father raising six extraordinary kids “off the grid” in the wilderness until tragedy strikes and they are forced to leave their self-made paradise.

What part of living off the grid would you enjoy?

I would miss certain things. It’s not something I necessarily want to do full time, but there are periods where I’ve been out in the wilderness and I’ve enjoyed it.

What is your opinion of your character’s child-rearing methods?

I think he’s remarkable for the example he sets in terms of open communication, honesty and mutual respect. He encourages his kids to think for themselves and speak for themselves, and back up their opinions on things. But I sometimes found it scary, a little too intense and, physically, he put them at risk.

You did three big Lord of the Rings movies, but now you are doing more indie films. Any reason?

I’m just looking for good stories, and the ones I’ve happened to find and commit to have happened to be in other countries, or are independent films. I’m not trying to avoid any kind of budget or genre of movies; it’s just the way it’s worked out.

You have so many talents in addition to acting—painting, writing, photography, and you speak several languages.

I wouldn’t be so arrogant as to say talents; I would just say interests. They’re all in different branches of the same tree, which is recording, remembering and putting things into context, from your point of view, to other experiences you’ve had in life. Read More

Viggo Mortensen: More Captain Fantastic Stills

3 new HQ stills of Viggo have been added to the gallery.

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Captain Fantastic (2016) > Movie Stills

Viggo Mortensen covers Esquire USA (July 2016)

Viggo Mortensen covers Esquire USA (July 2016). I have added the scans to the gallery and going to add the shoot soon. Please, take a look and enjoy!

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Esquire USA (July 2016)

Viggo Mortensen at the Premiere Of Bleecker Street Media’s “Captain Fantastic”

Viggo Mortensen attends the premiere of Bleecker Street Media’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ at Harmony Gold on June 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos.

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Premiere Of Bleecker Street Media’s “Captain Fantastic”

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