“I started thinking it’s also an interesting exercise as a parent to say, what if I devoted every single second to the best possible forming of my children, giving all my attention to give them a best possible start I could? “What if you gave them a start that was intellectual in every way, that encouraged open discourse?
What if I really walk-the-talk in terms of not being a ‘no, because I said so’ dad, but being ‘I don’t think so and let me explain why and then I’d love to hear if you know differently? That’s the kind of dad this guy is.” Mortensen—Hollywood’s most outspoken Dennis Kucinich supporter in 2008— shares a similar political viewpoint as his character.
But what was surprising to me about working with him is that I could never catch him acting.
A few years from now, this film will feel like a movie very much of this time.” *** The truth is, despite the rugged outdoorsiness he displays on screen, Mortensen is built more for intellectual pursuits than physical ones.
People are not talking to each other based on things like religion and race, and that’s a real problem.
That leads to things like Britain exiting the European Union.” Suddenly, Mortensen flashes on a connection to .
Mortensen’s pairing with the Canadian director resulted in perhaps the most artistically successful and underappreciated actor-director three-peat in recent memory: 2005’s “I don’t really look at movies in terms of where they come from,” says Mortensen. “As written, the role was maybe a little more kinetic,” says Ross, whose film was one of the best reviewed to appear at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Viggo brought his own quiet gravitas and integrity to it.
They were qualities that were always in the role, I just hadn’t envisioned it quite the way he interpreted it.