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Monday, June 29, 2009

Viggo's Nikolai named top 10 screen mobster

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern PromisesMichael Ordoña of the San Francisco Chronicle named his picks for The top 10 best screen mobsters yesterday. Making his appearance as #6 on the list was Nikolai Luzhin, Viggo Mortensen's character in Eastern Promises:

If you had never seen Mortensen before this film, you'd think he was that guy, that the filmmakers had just pulled some Russian dude out of a high-end London nightclub. Equal parts preening macho narcissist and cold-blooded hatchet man, he tops even Borat for best naked fight.

Our only question: why wasn't he ranked #1? :)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cronenberg working on Eastern Promises sequel

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern PromisesIn an exclusive interview with MTV News, David Cronenberg indicated that he is exploring the possibilities of a sequel to Eastern Promises. Said Cronenberg,

It's the first time I've ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something. I've never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn't feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.

Cronenberg indicated that Viggo Mortensen's character, Nikolai, will be the focus of the new movie but that it is too early to tell whether other central characters from Eastern Promises would be included.

According to MTV News,

Cronenberg is simply intrigued by the opportunity to reunite with Mortensen for a third film. "Viggo is a very special guy," said Cronenberg. "I consider him a personal friend and we communicate all the time. That doesn't always happen with actors. He's very serious about his acting. But he's really a funny guy. We laugh a lot. We giggle a lot."

Hope this pans out as we also want to know what happens next with Nikolai!

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Honorary Russian: Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern PromisesIn the Chirayliq blog, Tinet, a student of Russia and the Russian language, among other things, dissects Viggo Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises. She says that "almost none of the Russians in the film are real Russians, and most of them are not all that convincing, but Viggo Mortensen (half Danish, half US American) alone is a reason to watch this film over and over again."

.... The way he moves and the facial expressions he wears as Nikolai are really spot-on.

While his Russian could be even better (some of the "hard" consonants, not least ф, б and ш, as well as the vowel ы, can be very difficult), his accent holds a rarely high standard for any non-Russian actor pretending to be Russian.

Tinet's article is generously annotated with photographs and audio from the film, and is both scholarly and funny. I liked the comments about Nikolai's "Russian Male Pride." Recommended reading!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Eastern Promises Interview

No, it's not new, but I hadn't seen it before. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune is interviewing Viggo Mortensen about the nature of the violence in Eastern Promises. He makes the case that director David Cronenberg "deals with violence responsibly."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Eastern Promises screencaps & more

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern PromisesWe've posted 43 captures of Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises, taken from the super high-resolution trailer (1920px x 1056px), to our new Eastern Promises page. You'll also find other high-resolution stills from Eastern Promises on this page. We'll continue to add more links to reviews and other resources over the next weeks.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fresh Air: Cronenberg & Mortensen, Making 'Eastern Promises'

David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel on the set of Eastern PromisesViggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg appeared on NPR's Fresh Air from WHYY today. Host Terry Gross had a great time asking them about the making of their new film Eastern Promises. Topics included Viggo's Russian accent, the tattoos, how to best photograph blood, and of course the steam bath scene in which a naked Mortensen fights several assailants. Listen to the show online or subscribe to the Fresh Air podcast. More about the film on our Eastern Promises page.

Photograph by Peter Mountain for Focus Features.

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