Danish-American actor Viggo Mortensen perches on a sofa with the quiet composure of a man who's about to go for a stroll to the local newsagents - a figure worlds away from the many performances that distinctly separate him from the remainder of Hollywood: a Russian mobster in 's Ben who oscillates between reliable father figure to unpredictable outcast throughout the charming film's two-hour running time.Ben lives in the wild with his six children isolated from a society plagued with fast food, video games and disrespect.But it depends on your approach."For a time, Mortensen, now 57, had a stint as poster-boy for an entire generation of younger film-watchers thanks to the role of Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003).Mention of this shines a light on the elephant in the room, specifically which saw ensuing reports suggest he had criticised the CGI-heavy methods of New Zealander filmmaker Peter Jackson.Date/Time Date(s) - 06/05/2017 - 21/05/2017All Day A KRFY fundraiser!Online auction for original artwork by actor Viggo Mortensen begins, through May 21.
“This is the first time in a very long time that I’ve been sent to a fancy hotel to do a press junket,” says Mortensen, trying in vain to keep his discomfort under wraps.
K.’s shocking Euro Cup loss to Iceland playing in real time on the muted television. I freaked out and I was, like, screaming and crying for my dad. It was probably not very high but it seemed very big to me then.” The fear may even date back further than that. “It may be hereditary.” Mortensen, 57, is sharing this story—a quintessential moment of childhood vulnerability—in perhaps the least appropriate place to do so.
We are in a suite on the 14th floor of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, ground zero for Hollywood press junkets.
Mortensen offered a strong turn as a rebellious inmate in Renny Harlin's "Prison" (1988) and was effective as a returning soldier in "The Reflecting Skin" (1991).
Sean Penn cast him as another veteran, this time with a violent streak, in "The Indian Runner" (also 1991) while Brian De Palma gave him the part of a wheelchair-bound snitch in "Carlito's Way" (1993). After a turn as the Devil who battles Christopher Walken's angel Gabriel in "The Prophecy" (also 1995), the actor began to be considered for meatier roles.