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