Mortensen speaks in-depth about his work and how he approaches his often-offbeat roles.
“I’ve always stuck to a similar approach with each job. Show up on time and prepared, and pay attention.” – Viggo Mortensen
“It didn’t occur to me to try acting it until I was, for an actor, relatively pretty old — 22 or 23.” – Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen on the Importance of Actors Working Together: “A movie only works because people adjust to each other”
When it comes to making movies, Mortensen says it can’t be a competition on the set.
Viggo Mortensen on Learning Another Language for Movies: “It will help [audiences] believe in the story if you do it correctly”
Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen knows a thing or two about bringing complicated roles to the screen. He’s appeared in dramas like The Road, Lord of the Rings, and A Dangerous Method. In his new movie, Everybody Has a Plan, Mortensen had to portray a character that carries the movie without a lot of dialogue.
“Sometimes you look at a movie and you can see that the actor or actress said, ‘I’m taking this onboard because I’m making a ton of money, and not because it’s going to be something special.’”
Michael Fassbender on ‘A Dangerous Method’ and Working with Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley: “You Get to Heights You Wouldn’t Reach on Your Own”
It’s a risky undertaking to portray such a celebrated figure as psychologist Carl Jung, but as A Dangerous Method’s Michael Fassbender explains, it was all about channeling the influential doctor’s humor and ego.
Viggo Mortensen: “Sometimes it’s good to be put in a position where you’re forced to try something that you didn’t think you were capable of”
Mortensen admits that he almost passed on the opportunity to work with Cronenberg again because he didn’t think he was the right choice to play Sigmund Freud.