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

Viggo Mortensen attends a photocall 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 viggo-mortensen.com if you take the pics.

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Viggo Mortensen, Oliver Stone to Hold Court at Rome Film Fest

In his second year at the helm of Rome Film Fest, Antonio Monda is pulling out all the stops with his Close Encounters series to turn the 10-day festival into a major cultural conversation once again. For the Close Encounters series, Monda interviews a series of leading public figures before opening up the floor to questions with festivalgoers.

Oscar-nominated Viggo Mortensen will discuss his 30-year career, which has spanned everything from Lord of the Rings to a close collaboration with David Cronenberg in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. His latest turn, in Captain Fantastic, will screen during the festivities, presented jointly by the festival and independent sidebar Alice nella citta. He plays a father living in isolation with his wife and six children.

Oliver Stone, director of the much buzzed about film Snowden, will also make the trek to Rome to discuss American politics on the eve of the presidential elections. Over his career, Stone won two best director Academy Awards, for Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, and one for best adapted screenplay, for Midnight Express.

As previously announced, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Mamet, Don DeLillo and Daniel Libeskind will be joining the Close Encounters lineup. Local singer-songwriter Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini will speak to fans at the fest.

The event this year will include a retrospective to two-time Academy Award winner Michael Cimino, who died this past July. Other films in the lineup are 7 minuti by popular Italian actor Michele Placido and Afterimage by honorary Academy Award winner Andrzej Wajda.

In guerra per amore, the new film from director Pif, will screen as a pre-opening event. And the animated film Storks, directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, will screen out of competition in the Alice nella citta section.

Rome Film Fest runs Oct. 13-23. [Source]



Viggo Mortensen Talks Fame, Art and ‘Captain Fantastic’

The real Viggo Mortensen is often confused with the characters he plays. And you can see why. Since Lord of the Rings, he’s played on his image as the wild man of film, living in the hinterlands of art house and foreign language movies. Away from the camera, he paints abstract paintings and writes poetry. He releases music with Buckethead. He lends his name to custom-made knives.

All of these are hobbies that make you think there’s a fair bit of crossover between the man himself and the man we see on our screens. So when I meet him to talk about his role in Matt Ross’ new film Captain Fantastic, it doesn’t surprise me to find him drinking what looks like tea from a strange-looking gourd – which a quick google reveals to be a traditional Argentinian drinking cup. He grew up in the South American country with his family for the first ten years of his life, and its crockery seems to have made a lasting impression.

With all of this in mind – the fact that the public perception of Mortensen is so clearly influenced by the characters he plays – the first thing I ask is how he sees himself. “When I am asked, if I’m at immigration or I have to do a landing card after a flight and they ask for your occupation,” he says. “I just write ‘artist’.”

It’s the sort of line that should make you laugh, but Mortensen delivers it without a hint of irony or pretence. And, in fairness, it’s a pretty accurate summation: the man paints; he produces music; he owns The Percival Press, which publishes his own poetry and the work of others; and he’s carved out a successful career as an actor. Read More



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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