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Born: October 20, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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His first name is pronounce VEE-go

"I don't want to use any corny words, but you commit yourself to really being there, and you have a lot of fresh, eccentric ideas." --Patricia Arquette, Mortensen's co-star in "The Indian Runner", interviewing him for an article in Interview, June 1995

"I'm a control freak about wanting my character to be faithful to where I think they're coming from. But I don't think that I try to control anyone I'm working with." --Viggo Mortensen to Patricia Arquette in Interview, June 1995

"When I started out I couldn't try out for anyone even remotely shady because I looked sort of boyish. But once I did [a villain] reasonably well . . . good luck getting the part of the nice small-town druggist." --Viggo Mortensen to People, June 22, 1998

Mortensen on filmed love scenes: "It's always strange when you're lying there in bed naked with someone you don't know very well. In my opinion, actors who say that is an unpleasant thing are all full of s***." --quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, May 31, 1998

"He's very intense. He's a real true artist. By that, I mean he lives to create his art and be possessed by it." --Gwyneth Paltrow to Chicago Sun-Times, May 31, 1998

Mortensen on the culture shock of returning to the United States after living for years in South America: "I was 11 when we moved back to the States. I couldn't believe the swear words, the slang, the music--all the kids were into Blue Oyster Cult and Grand Funk Railroad. I was a closet Carpenters fan. I'd sing "Top of the World" to myself on the way to school, but when I got close to campus I'd shut up." --quoted to Movieline, August 1998

"Acting is as much an art form as painting, music or writing. You can't do and see everything, but you can try to observe what you do see. If your eyes see it, it's in you --one way or another. For some people, it comes out in how they interact with other people or deal with their job or drive their car. It doesn't always have top be a movie or a poem, painting or a photograph." --quoted to Los Angeles, December 1998

"I've been told I've 'arrived' so many times, I don't know where I ever went." --Mortensen to USA Today, April 21, 1999

"There is something beautiful and quiet about Viggo, but the more I got to know him, the more I realized how insanely brilliant and crazy he is...how he has this insane wild side."---Elijah Wood on his co-star in "Lord of the Rings"Vanity Fair January 2004

"I'm the one who's said yes to these movies, and now I'm having to pay the price for it. I mean, if I had my druthers, I wouldn't do any movies anymore, frankly."---Viggo talking about his frustration with his busy schedule GQ April 2004

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