He doesn’t have any false moments.” In keeping with the other projects he has embarked upon since his is personal to Mortensen, echoing his journey both as a child and as a father.
Like the Cash children, Mortensen and his younger brothers Walter and Charles had singular childhoods.
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 in which he played Sigmund Freud. In truth, Ross initially conceived of the role quite differently than Mortensen played it.
“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.
Meeting the Madrid-based poet, actor, photographer, editor and publisher in this place and under these circumstances feels something akin to encountering an albino bison in a veal pen.
He seems to be a soul meant to wander the earth in search of universal truth, not discuss Hobbit movies over canapés with journalists.
They were qualities that were always in the role, I just hadn’t envisioned it quite the way he interpreted it.
But what was surprising to me about working with him is that I could never catch him acting.
The concept of playing a dad facing trying circumstances is nothing new for Mortensen, who also starred in The film comes from actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross and also stars Frank Langella, George Mac Kay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Charlie Shotwell, and Shree Crooks.
It was produced by Lynette Howell Taylor, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson.
and he had to play a father leading his brood of six children up a sheer rock face. But the fear has roots, dating back to more than a half century ago.
He was 6, a year before the young Mortensen would be sent off to a remote boarding school in the mountains of Argentina, and he had gone on a camping trip with his father.
He plays a father in the forests of the Pacific Northwest who is raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education.