sabato 27 settembre 2008
un’intervista da The Boston Globe
An actor lured by western promise
Mortensen talks about ‘Appaloosa’
Viggo Mortensen, who grew up riding horses, says he feels an affinity for the western genre. (getty images)
By Ty Burr
Globe Staff / September 28, 2008
TORONTO – The surprising thing about Viggo Mortensen is how talkative the guy is. Seriously: The smolderingly still presence of “Eastern Promises,” “A History of Violence,” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy turns out to be a regular Chatty Cathy in person.
He’s at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting not one but two movies, the big-budget “Appaloosa” (opening in Boston this Friday) and the small WWII-era drama “Good.” In addition, the much-awaited movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” also opens this fall. Busy boy.
The place is a Toronto hotel suite and the subject is “Appaloosa,” a western with both classic and revisionist elements that is directed by and stars Ed Harris as Virgil Cole, one of a pair of bounty hunters hired to clean up a frontier town. Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons also star, and Mortensen plays Cole’s partner, the slightly more articulate Everett Hitch.
This is interesting, since like many creative folk – and Mortensen’s a photographer, painter, and poet when he finds the time – the actor tends toward abstractions and diversions in conversation. Entire paragraphs can pass by without a concrete noun, but you don’t mind because he’s friendly and easygoing – a man with the attitude of a surfer, the eyes of a killer, and the brain of a slacker bookworm. Blithely ignoring the hotel’s no-smoking policy (as well as everything else – he’s a celebrity and he knows it), Mortensen discourses on westerns old, westerns new, and the glories of having absolutely nothing on his plate.