1. The Man Who Would Be King

    "Brooding cinematic presence, Viggo Mortensen has skirted the fringes of stardom for over a decade. But as Aragorn, the sensitive action hero of The Lord of the Rings, this actor/artist is set to inherit his rightful crown." [Also published as "Striding Ahead," in Dreamwatch #90, March, 2002.]
  2. Taking it in his Stride

    With The Lord of the Rings’ forthcoming release on the big screen, Viggo Mortensen shares his excitement with Ian Spelling on portraying the role of Aragorn in the trilogy. Viggo Mortensen, to hear his co-stars, director and producer tell it, took his Lord of the Rings role as Aragorn/Strider about as seriously as he possibly […]
  3. His Occult Fellowship

    Extensive interview in which Viggo Mortensen talks about how he views Aragorn's character, the filming of Fellowship of the Ring, The Prophecy, Leatherface and other earlier films.
  4. Venice West Beats Immortalized in Cement

    Venice Beach might have been Coney Island, with Frank T. Rios’ classic New Yawk drawl drifting like jazz notes through an oblivious crowd. The fairly intimate gathering of agog bystanders, hardcore poet fans and press bugs huddled in the chilly pre-rain afternoon like a small raft in the storm to celebrate the new Poet’s Walk […]
  5. “I didn’t break up Gwyneth and Ben”

    Viggo Mortensen hates to disappoint his Danish relatives, who hoped Gwyneth would improve his dress sense, but he insists his screen love affair with the actress never became the real thing. When Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck broke up, a lot of people thought they knew where to lay the blame: at the feet of […]
  6. Scarred for life

    Viggo explains the origin of the scar on his upper lip, and comments on steamy sex scenes with Paltrow and Walken. Excerpt: "It was a combination of a fist and a barbwire fence on a particularly bad Halloween night. I was 17 and so drunk that I didn't even need an anesthetic when the doctor sewed me up."
  7. Rumour haunts Mortensen

    Viggo comments on the rumors surrounding himself and Gwyneth Paltrow following the filming of A Perfect Murder. Excerpt: "My cousins in Denmark were so happy for me. They said Gwyneth was such a snappy dresser and had such fashion style that they hoped it would rub off on me...."
  8. Talking with…Viggo Mortensen

    “A good actor is there, a bad actor is not. Sure it’s a craft but it also has to do with generosity of spirit. Some people just aren’t very generous by nature and, no matter how technically proficient they might be, they’re not much fun to work with because they don’t care and you feel […]
  9. Versatile Viggo

    NEW YORK — Viggo Mortensen started his career out by roughing up guys like Dennis Hopper in The Indian Runner and Al Pacino in Carlito’s Way. He even ripped out Christopher Walken’s heart in The Prophecy. And just look how mean he was as Demi Moore’s drill sergeant in G.I. Jane. But lately something has […]
  10. Viggo’s way to the stars

    Meaty interview with Viggo and Ridley Scott, discussing G.I. Jane and the development of Urgayle's character. A couple of brief excerpts: Scott: "I told [Viggo] that I wanted his first line in the movie to be special; maybe some philosophy, maybe a Zen-quote – but we have seen that so many times now that the audience just think of that as nonsense. Instead I wanted to make something that surprised. In his own copy of D.H. Lawrence's poems Viggo found two short sentences about the lack of self-pity in animal life." Before the filming Viggo visited the training camp in Coronado outside San Diego. Viggo: "The SEAL-chiefs are fascinating men. They're more complex than I thought. The intelligence and mental strength it takes to do their work is already impressive. Those people have been in SEALs for 20 years; maybe they have killed people with their hands, but at the same time you can discuss almost everything with them. So the connection is brutal, but the best of them are very good and focused teachers in the best meaning of the word. And the biggest challenge for me was to find the natural authority they had that was making me capable of leading my crew without I ever had to justify my right to do it."
  11. Jane Man: Viggo Mortensen

    Brief, focused article on Viggo's perception of his role as Master Chief Urgayle in G.I. Jane and his preparations for the filming. Excerpt: "Mortensen didn't want his character to be a full-on maniac. 'The easiest thing would have been to make him a woman-hater and a ball-busting head-stomper,' he affirms. Instead he suggested to Scott that 'poetry might be right for this guy.'"
  12. Vim and Viggo

    Brief, pithy interview with Viggo Mortensen about Urgayle's character in G.I. Jane. "He's not a sexist," Mortensen says. "He tortures everybody. He needs to know Demi's character can handle what she might run into in combat. And, yeah, we do come to blows in one scene, and yeah, it's kind of shocking." Viggo goes on to discuss his preparation for the role.
  13. In the Navy

    Viggo provides a thoughtful look at his role in G.I. Jane: "[The master chief is] a pretty isolated kind of character. He can't afford to let the people he's training know him very well or know what he's thinking. There's always a distance—you have to earn their respect, and also keep it by mentally being careful of how you deal with people." The interview also touches on Viggo's other films, his poetry, and what he wants from life.
  14. Viggo Mortensen

    The interviewer tells how he and Viggo managed to get thrown out of a bar, and then segués into a discussion of Viggo's upcoming role in GI Jane. He quotes GI Jane director Ridley Scott: "The quality that really stood out to me was his quietness. He has a still, modest quality to him that was perfect for these guys. I noticed that in some of the movies I'd seen him in, and he also had it in real life."
  15. No Pain, No Jane

    An well-written review of G.I. Jane with some interesting perspectives. The reviewer seems to feel that the film is accurate with respect to military policies and training, though he does not approve of either: "Some months back, it was reported that SEALs were actually being subjected to some of the torture methods they might face if captured, a practice that raises questions about the trainers' ability to distinguish reality from maneuvers. Try to imagine that approach in other jobs -- say, if cops were shot at to see how they reacted under fire." Quite a few more points in the article. The reviewer also has an unusual take on Mortensen's character. He seems to have confused the rank "Master Chief" with the chief's name, which is actually "John James Urgayle." Quote: "Her fellow recruits ... are certain she hasn't got what it takes, as is her predictably hard-ass drill instructor (Viggo Mortensen). What isn't predictable is that this character has been given a hilariously fetishistic name -- 'Master Chief' (didn't Texaco sell that?) -- and an even more fetishistic look. With his Village People mustache, reflector shades and tight little shorts, he's a Tom of Finland dream date." For those of you as clueless as I was, "Tom of Finland" was an illustrator known for his portraits of macho gay men.
  16. Gimlet

    A description of the film, Gimlet, as a crime story combined with a love story. The reviewer concludes that "This film is plenty of style exercise, shooting with a strong visual image. Although it is not a perfect film, audience who wants a new experience has to see it."
  17. Wanted: Alive

    A full-page photograph of Viggo and Exene, Viggo on crutches, with brief, smart-aleck resumés for each. "These married desperadoes were last heard of traveling cross country with their four-year-old varmint, Henry. Approach with a sense of foreboding."