Viggo Mortensen is more than an actor, he’s a poet, photographer, painter, publisher, citizen of the world and soccer fan.
Viggo Mortensen’s recent project, ‘Good’, is the story of a college professor who, despite opposing the Nazi regime, allows himself to be dragged in by its machinery and ends up at the helm of a concentration camp.
Mortensen is also excited about the imminent release of ‘The Road’, a movie based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, which describes a father-son relationship in a post-apocalyptic world.
Many of your recent characters are forced into extreme circumstances by outside forces. Do you look for these parts or is it pure coincidence?
I think it’s coincidence. I think the foundation of good stories, of dramatic stories, is when something out of the ordinary happens. Often it’s something that’s a threat to your life or to your wellbeing. Also, I think there are moments, for example in Good, where people realise that the choices they’re making are mistaken, that the path that they’re on is mistaken, that everything that they thought they were doing that was reasonable is wrong.