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NOTE: I apologize in advance, but I do NOT know how to contact Viggo in any way, shape, or form. This is an unofficial web site. Sorry folks. Besides that, don't be bashful! Feel free to contribute any Viggo tidbits you might know and I'll post them, with the caveat that I will not publish anything I deem too personal. Sorry, but those are my standards. Anyway, I've really enjoyed all the emails and a big THANK YOU for all your compliments. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

12/01/00

Believe it or not, I'm editing this page from Taipei, Taiwan.

You should check out E! Online's coverage of the Lord of the Rings. Viggo is mentioned briefly, but in glowing terms. It's on the third page of their On Location section. He continues to prove that he's a class act.

11/21/00

Have you checked out E! Online's coverage of the Lord of the Rings? Remember it's updated on the first of every month.

News has been scarce on the doings of Viggo. Principal filming is set to end next month on the Lord of the Rings set. Then we just have to wait a year to see him in all of his Aragorn glory. Start that countdown!

Here's the New Zealand Herald Online Lord of the Rings list of headlines.

Ok, see if you can spot Viggo in the following pictures from Scoop: the bottom one on this page, and in these two on this page.

10/13/00

As usual, check out the latest update of  E! Online's coverage of the Lord of the Rings. This month, Miranda Otto talks about her character, Eowyn, and the despair that befalls her when she falls in love with Aragorn (played by Viggo) when he cannot return her love. This despair turns into a death wish, and triggers off a major event in the Trilogy. There's also an early birthday wish for him on the message board. On a side note, I wish they would spell Viggo's last name right!

TheOneRing.net came out with their one year anniversary report. A good opportunity to catch up on what you've been missing on the Lord of the Rings filming. A number of the actors involved have stated that this will be an epic of a lifetime. Aren't we all glad that Viggo is involved then?

Melakia (thanks!) emailed me to let me know about the "The Hobbits are Coming!" article in the October issue of Vanity Fair. More pictures than words, and there's a good one of Viggo as a very rugged Aragorn. For those of you who can't get to a newsstand, here's the picture on TheOneRing.net. Melakia also informed that the picture in question below (from 9/08/00) is from movie Boiling Point. Thanks again.

Finally, the Rawlins Company has emailed me the new address for Viggo's fan mail (thanks so much!):

Viggo Mortensen
c/o The Rawlins Company
3933 Patrick Henry Place
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

If you've sent mail to them in the last two months, it might not have been forwarded.

9/08/00

As usual, check out the latest update of  E! Online's coverage of the Lord of the Rings.

From TheOneRing.net:

A casting description of Viggo as Aragorn and other background info.

Another good page about Viggo as Aragorn.

An interesting shot of Viggo and Diane Lane being, um, romatic from A Walk on the Moon. Not for the young or easily offended.

Another pic of Viggo, not sure what movie (I'm sure someone will tell me.)

The latest box office numbers for Viggo's movies.

7/12/00

Well, it's been awhile. My life has been quite full lately. And I got married. Anyways ...

The fans at the Viggo Mortensen's Fan Club at Yahoo! are scheduling a chat session for this Saturday (7/15). Don't have a time yet, but I'll post it as soon as I get it.

The Great Viggo Corner Giveaway II is now closed. Thanks for all the wonderful entries. Congratulations to Emerald.

A gentle reminder that this website has no affiliation or contact with Viggo. It's just an unofficial fan site. Thanks.

Check out the latest update of  E! Online's coverage of the Lord of the Rings.

It seems that Viggo is one of the nicest guys on the Lord of the Rings set. No surprise there. Check out TheOneRing.net for more details. You'll have to do a search to pull up the tidbits. Here's a close-up of Viggo from the movie. It looks to me like it was pulled from the teaser, but I could be wrong.

Viggo and the Carma Bums. This is an old link, but I love reading it.

5/15/00

I found a picture of Viggo as Aragorn with Peter Jackson (director) and Billy Boyd, who plays Pippin (one of the hobbits.) It's from the official German Lord of the Rings site. Click here for it.

I'm ready to close out the Great Viggo Corner Giveaway II. If you haven't sent in your entries, please do so now. For more information read the April 24th entry below. I'll announce a winner in the next update (or two.)

Here's a review of Viggo's photography. It's from issue #19 of Juxtapoz.

Here's a great breakdown of "A Perfect Murder" production with interspersed comments from the cast, including Viggo.

I'm thinking of sending off a letter to Viggo, which would basically be in an interview format. I have no idea if he has time to answer them (or if we would answer them), but you never know. Send me your questions that you would like to ask You might want to take a look at the interviews section for inspiration.

5/08/00

Check out E! Online's updated coverage of the Lord of the Rings.

According to the TheOneRing.net, Viggo's in back in New Zealand for filming. Scroll down to the 5-03-00 report. They were filming the Black Gates of Mordor scene, which should occur in the third movie.

A couple of pictures of Viggo I haven't seen before can be found here.

Some Real Audio interviews with Viggo [updated].

And just to convince you how much I'm in to the Lord of the Rings, here's a link to 25 Hobbits, the top 25 Tolkien-sites.

4/27/00 I've scanned in the cover and the signed back of the Errant Vine catalog. Here's a large version of the front cover (over 70KB).
4/24/00

Great entries are coming in for the Great Viggo Corner Giveaway II. (The Giveaway is me giving away a copy of the Errant Vine catalog from Viggo's current exhibition at the Robert Mann gallery in New York.)  It's going to be difficult to pick a winner. More info on the catalog: It's numbered 70 out of 300 and signed "Viggo." Shipping will be paid by me. The one and only requirement is that you send me an email stating that you would like the catalog. I leave everything else to your imagination.

We're going to try to have a chat at the Viggo Mortensen's Fan Club at Yahoo! this Wednesday (4/26/00) from 10pm to 11pm EST. Hope to see you there!

An update to the email page with a nice email from Jamie.

And be sure to visit Kim, diehard Viggo fan, at "The Best Sausage Co." in Boston by Fenway Park if you're ever in the neighborhood. Even Henry Rollins stopped by.

4/22/00

The 2nd Viggo Corner Giveaway is now the Great Viggo Corner Giveaway II. Thanks to Renee.

Gail let me know of a broken link on the links page. It's hard for me to keep up with all the links on the site, so I rely on people letting me know. Thanks!

And an update to the email page with a fascinating email from EarthFink.

4/21/00

Huh, I've just discovered that the Internet Movie Database has a photo gallery for Viggo.

You can vote for Viggo as the most beautiful person at the 5th Annual Most Beautiful People Poll.

Well, what do you think of this design?

I've received my copies (signed and numbered) of  the "Errant Vine" catalog in the mail. And on that note, let the 2nd Viggo Corner Giveaway commence! One email per person please. Rules? Requirements? I'm being vague on purpose. I'll leave it to your imagination. Um, you should probably mention that you are interested in the catalog though. I've already gotten a great entry from Emerald.

Gail emailed to tell me that "Errant Vine" contact Paige no longer works at the Robert Mann Gallery. I'll try to find a new one. Thanks Gail!

Wait, wow, that was quick. The new contact is Devin Grosz.

I've hoped you all have checked out the exclusive internet preview of the Lord of the Rings. Viggo is in a few shots. Go here for a screen by screen review.

You're welcome Akhmatova.

In case you don't know, I don't run the discussion board. I only link to it. Thanks for the emails telling me about the "problem" anyway.

E!Online has links to trailers for some of Viggo's movies.

A German (methinks) fansite for Viggo (as Aragorn) with pictures.

And the Giants are still winless in their beautiful new park. Bummer.

4/03/00

Today is the opening day for baseball, woo hoo! And us lucky people in San Francisco have a great new stadium to enjoy the game in. Speaking of baseball, the official "28 Days" site now has more stuff. There's even a decent section for Viggo (Eddie the ball player) under the The Movie : Cast link.

There's some news at E! Online "Force of Hobbit: An Insider's Guide to the Lord of the Rings" about the Lord of the Rings movies. Here are some comments from Viggo. Also, Viggo is mentioned throughout the article. There's even a picture of him on the set.

TheOneRing.net has a blurb on the romance between Aragorn (Viggo) and Arwen (Liv Tyler) in the Lord of the Rings movie. Apparently Peter Jackson, the director, has decided to place greater emphasis on the romance, which has dismayed some fans. To me, the romance is major force in what drives Aragorn. He cannot wed Arwen unless he becomes king. And when she does wed him, she gives up her immortality for him. Now that's devotion. And if you scroll further down the page, you'll see a note about the "Errant Vine" opening from a fan.

The exclusive internet preview of the Lord of the Rings will be release on April 7th at the official Lord of the Rings site.

3/30/00

I received an email from Cat, asking about a rumor that Viggo directed a video for L7. I did a search and got this link to the story.

I ordered a couple of copies of  "Errant Vine." I'm planning to give one away. I'll have to think of some interesting criteria.

If you go to Viggo's page at the TheOneRing.net site, you'll see the banner I created for The Corner of Viggo at the bottom.

Some great stories of Viggo's "Errant Vine" show at the Robert Mann Gallery at the Viggo Discussion Board.

And a great email from Mari added to the email section. Thanks!

3/24/00 The latest from Pilar:
Copies of the limited edition exhibition catalogue "Viggo Mortensen: Errant Vine" are available from the Robert Mann Gallery for $12, plus shipping.
Each one individually signed and numbered.
Contact Paige (212) 989-7600 or by e-mail at rmg@robertmann.com.
3/20/00

There's now a Yahoo! Club "Viggo Mortensen's Fan Club." Good luck!

Mari sent me a wonderful email from Japan. She let me know about Sony's "28 Days" website. There's several photos and movie clips. Be forewarned that you'll need Flash 4.0, a 4.0 browser, Quicktime, and Windows Media Player. There's also a link to the movie's official site, although there's not much there. Thanks Mari!

3/01/00

My apologies for the lack of updates. I'm in the midst of several website redesigns and designs. It's going to be hectic for awhile.

The official website for the Lord of the Rings has launched. Click here to go there. There's not much there right now though. I can't believe I have to wait until the end of next year to see the first movie! For more info on the film's happenings, you can check out theonering.com and theonering.net.

1/18/00

Latest news from the wonderful Pilar (thanks as always) at Track 16 Gallery:

Viggo Mortensen at the Robert Mann Gallery (Chelsea area)

Open reception Friday, March 24th, 6 to 8 pm

open to the public

Exhibition dates: March 24th - May 13

1/16/00

Happy New Year!

This site, CheckOut.com, let's you "scour" for Viggo stuff (bottom left of page.) I noticed that many of the images came from Dark Horizons, a great site if you haven't discovered it yet.

Messages on the discussion board about Viggo's upcoming show. Check it out.

Wow, American Yakuza is kinda expensive on Amazon.

Interesting Viggo site ...

"Don't tell me what to do" at Action Box Records.

A pictorial of Viggo's recordings.

12/09/99

Things look to be slow now that Viggo is in New Zealand for a year for The Lord of the Rings. According to news at theonering.net, Viggo seems to be doing nicely in the role of Aragorn.

Somehow, Viggo has found time to squeeze in a new movie, Dancing in the Dark. The Internet Movie Database doesn't have much on it yet.

Also, He will be doing another exhibition in New York City in March. I'll post more details when I get them.

And if you can read Danish, try this site: Imaldris - The Danish Tolkien Society. There's a very cool picture that plays on Star Wars.

10/20/99

Have you wished Viggo a Happy Birthday?

News from Pilar (thanks! - she's pretty cool) at Track 16:
2 new CDs that involve Viggo (he produced them both). They are available
for purchase starting today. Purchases can be made by e-mailing Holly Myers at holly@track16.com

Here is the info:
Live at Beyond Baroque
Recorded live at Beyond Baroque literary space in Venice, California, on
March 4, 1999, this lively CD features readings by Exene Cervenka, Karen
Finley, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Patchett, and Jerry Stahl.
Running time: 87:26 minutes
2 CD volume $15
Smart Art Press/Beyond Baroque Books


One Manšs Meat
An exploration of meat and meat by-products conceived and performed by carnivores and vegetarians, for consumption by all. A collaboration of music, poetry, noise, and silence by D. J. Bonebrake, Buckethead, Exene Cervenka, Travis Dickerson, Adrian Esparza, Lysa Flores, Zak Marmalesfsky, Hank Mortensen, Viggo Mortensen, Pilar Perez, and Donita Sparks.
Recorded live on December 21, 1998, at Track 16 Gallery in Santa
Monica, California.
Running time: 31:11 minutes
$10

A gentle reminder - I don't have any contact with Viggo, so birthday wishes and other messages are better sent to the address at left.

10/16/99

Well, I've gotten a bunch of mail (thanks!) about Viggo being cast as Aragorn for the Lord of the Rings. You can read all about it at TheOneRing.net (scroll down). Or you can read it about here, at E! online. Considering I'm a *huge* Tolkien fan, this is very kick ass indeed.

For you MP3 fans, here's a link to Viggo at MP3.com. Thanks to Axl for the tip.

9/04/99

There's a signed color picture of Viggo on auction at Ebay, among other things.

Here's a list of interviews in RealAudio.

Here's an interesting fan page.

A Sundown on the Millenium workshop featuring Viggo, Exene and others.

8/01/99

Here's Cyd's "28 Days" Info Page. Thanks to Geri for letting us know.

Someone sent an email letting us know that "A Walk on the Moon" will be on video October 12th. Check out the Miramax Cafe for more info. Thanks.

Following that theme, I found an old interview with Tony Goldwyn.

Also found: Mr. Cranky's "A Walk on the Moon" forum. Scroll down to see the messages.

Exene Cervenka is #75 on VH1's 100 greatest women of rock.

7/11/99

The interviews section is now live.

Geri Ann, a long time fan of the Viggo Corner, now has her own site. It tells her life story (an incredible tale of triumph and courage) and promotes her CD, "Soulful Journey." Viggo has a credit on her CD because his poetry CD "Don't Tell Me What To Do" helped inspire the song "You Will Always Stay". She even has Real Audio and MP3 clips available for download.

Side note: The "RANT" section of Frostyland is now it's own separate site, www.rawdog.com.

7/03/99

Yes, it's been awhile. The last two months or so have been incredible work wise, leaving me a bit burnt out. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things.

I've added an interviews section to the site. It should be completed in the next few days. I've also renamed the news section to the archive section. It seems to make more sense. And I've moved the miscellaneous info to this page.

Thanks to Sheila for confirming that the new fan mail address indeed works.

Kelley wrote to let us know that Viggo is in the July issue of Cosmo (p.41,175) . Thanks!

4/23/99

Wow! Lot's of email this week. Thanks for the compliments, info, and entries for the Recent Forgeries giveaway. I'll pick a winner at the beginning of May.

Dbsntrix emails me this about Viggo's new film:
FYI, Viggo is currently working on the new Sandra Bullock movie "28 Days" being filmed in the mountains of North Carolina. The movie is directed by Betty Thomas (Hill St. Blues and Director of the Brady Bunch) and stars the likes of Dominic West, Diane Ladd, and Reni Santoni.

Travis offers a mp3 track from Viggo's CD "One Less Thing To Worry About" available for downloading from his site. Look for it in the LINKS section. He plans to offer additional tracks in the future.

There's a new address for Viggo's fan mail. Look to the left under FAQs for it. Thanks for people letting me know that there was a problem with the old one.

There's a new entry in the EMAIL section.

4/15/99

Well, I sure hope you've done your taxes!

Finally, here is my (with the help of Marcia) account of Viggo's Recent Forgeries reading in San Francisco. At the end, there's info on the autographed Recent Forgeries give away. No purchase necessary.

4/10/99

Sybil was kind enough to send me the interview from JANE magazine. Here it is:

Leggo My Viggo
Suzan Colon pours butter and syrup on actor Viggo Mortensen.

Forty-year old actor, poet, painter and photographer Viggo Mortensen can be kind of overwhelming. After all, it's not every day you get to meet a real-life Renaissance man. Viggo you may remember, played the sadistic Navy SEAL who got his butt whipped by Demi Moore in G.I. Jane. He was last seen in A Perfect Murder, with Gwyneth Paltrow (yep, those were Viggo's paintings in the movie.) Right now he's trying to find out who wears the pants in the Bates family, in Psycho; and in April, he'll play a blouse-selling hippie in A Walk on the Moon.
Whatever he is, whatever he's filming, Viggo's contract states that he has to be home in Venice, Calif., for Halloween so he can go trick-or-treating with his 11-year-old son Henry(the product of Viggo's brief marriage to my punk idol, Exene Cervenka of X). Of all the things there are to admire about Viggo, this is definitely the game point.

I read somewhere that you had the best walk.
What's that about? Really? (Laughs) I don't know. How do you they know?
I guess people are standing behind you.
Yeah ... watching me walk. What's a good walk? I stay in a straight line, I think. That's a good thing to aim for.
You've done 30 movies, and people still think you're a new face. Is that good or bad?
That's kind of a double-edged sword. In terms of people not being tired of you, it's a good thing. In terms of people saying you have yet to prove yourself, or being forced to do two movies in a year away from home, that can be a lot if you have a life outside of that-whether it's family or other interests.
And you sure have a lot of them. You were born in Manhattan, yes?
Yeah, but we moved all over the place-Venezuela, Argentina, Denmark. I still have a taste for it,traveling. And I am good at making myself at home quickly wherever I am. I don't know if I'm as good as like, going into a social gathering and starting to talk, but I could spend days by myself.
When did you start painting, poetry and photography?
Somewhere along the way. According to my mother, I never was anywhere without a pencil, drawing. She recently gave me a notebook filled with my old drawings, and there's one from when I was 7 that was wild. All the others were pretty regular, like swords, guns, planes crashing, pee-pees ... And then there was this school assignment. At the top of the page, it said, "Little Red Riding Hood." It was a real painting-the colors were blended, and it was kind of abstract, but I really liked it. Anyway written over the drawing in red pen was VERY POOR! Underlined. Teachers used to do that thinking it was constructive.
Ouch. But you showed her, because you just had your first gallery showing. Is it hard putting a price on your art?
There's a woman at the gallery who helped me with it. When it's just you, you may be having a bad day and look at something you made, and go, "God!" But someone else will see something different. A couple of days ago, l looked ay all the paintings, and I was like, "I don't know what these are." Then it snowballed. "What kind of actor am I anyway? What kind of father? I mean, what a joke. God, I'm such a vain, self-involved creature, and I should just stop making these things and inflicting them on people!" I can see why people jump out windows.
Wow. Is this a good time to ask how you feel about being called a Renaissance man?
I haven't been called that. I have been asked how I find the time to do all this stuff.
Let me guess: no TV-watching.
That's right. My son gets annoyed because there are cartoons that he feels are a matter of life and death. But he sees some of that stuff at his friends' houses, and we rent a lot of movies. I think later on he'll be happy about it. And he reads a lot- at least he's using his imagination rather than just sitting passively. But Henry's always been able to spend hours entertaining himself. He's great. You could be in the same room with him but he's totally in his own world .... I don't know what I'd do without him.

From the Viggo Board: Pictures of Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Doyle and Dennis Hopper at Track 16 Gallery can be found here.

3/21/99

Go buy a book ... Viggo is going to be at City Lights book store on Columbus Avenue (San Francisco) for a book signing on March 25th.

Here's a good review of "A Walk on the Moon" with a link to the official site. Viggo plays Walker Jerome.

You can also find a trailer here.

Here's Viggo's take on the Gwyneth Paltrow rumor. Click here. He's not amused.

Here's an old interview I found on the web. Click here to go there.

A galleria of Viggo. Click here.

Ever wondered about the numbers behind Viggo? Click here to find out.

1/31/99

From Pilar at Track 16: Special limited edition catalogue (250 signed and numbered copies) available from the "One Man's Meat" show, $10.00. Contact Beyond Baroque (310) 822-3006 or Holly at holly@track16.com.
Also: Meaty Reading at Beyond Baroque featuring Exene, Karen Finley, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Patchett and Jerry Stahl. Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 pm, $15, Students, $12.

Click here for a picture of Viggo by Vera Anderson.

More info on the The New Yorker Out Loud, Vol. 2 can be found here.

You can read about A Walk on the Moon here.

1/16/99

Viggo, accompanied by guitarist Buckethead of Praxis, reads from Jack Kerouac's On the Road Journals on The New Yorker Out Loud, Vol. 2 — the second chapter in an audio series of short stories.

A Walk on the Moon (starring Viggo and Diane Lane, directed by Tony Goldwyn), showing at Sundance, is given a "mixed reaction" by prefestival buzz.

News from the Viggo Board:

Viggo is in the magazines Black Book (p.31) and Vanity Fair (cast of Star Wars cover).

Viggo has another art show opening - "One Man's Meat: New Paintings by Viggo Mortensen" at Beyond Baroque, (681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291) showing January 28-February 28.

12/31/98

The Viggo Board has come alive with fans disussing, who else, Viggo. Click here to go to the Viggo board.

Clarification - there will be a rather lengthy interview with Viggo in the 15th issue of Carpe Noctem (a dark culture magazine). Click here for the website.

Have a wonderful New Year and thanks for all of your email!

12/21/98

Evan was kind enough to send an article about Viggo that ran in the December 16th Chicago Sun-Times. Here it is:

Sensitive side of `Psycho' (December 16, 1998)
BY JAE-HA KIM Chicago Sun-Times

Viggo Mortensen is relating a tale that involves Vince Vaughn, a butcher knife and the threat of bodily harm. But, oddly enough, the actor isn't describing the shooting of his latest film, ``Psycho.'' He's remembering a country music concert. ``Vince and I went to see Buck Owens one night after we had finished that day's shoot [for ``Psycho''],'' Mortensen said during a call from his Los Angeles home. ``I had gotten one of the `Psycho' knives to give to Buck as a present 'cause it was his birthday. They wanted us to give it to him on stage that night. ``So we bumbled our way through our speech to Buck. He opened the box and saw the knife, and the fiddler started making the ``eek eek eek'' [noise from the shower scene]. Buck got all excited and started posing as a damsel in distress. Then he began chasing Dwight Yoakam all around the stage with the knife. I don't think he realized it was real.''

Though blond and chiseled, Mortensen isn't your typical Hollywood actor. His intense features and sly eyes convey an edge that eludes your Brads, Leonardos and Matts. The actor also exudes intelligence, whether he's playing a magnetically sadistic Navy SEALS officer in ``G.I. Jane'' or a genteel suitor in ``The Portrait of a Lady.''

Acting, though, is just part of the story. Besides the film roles for which he's won critical acclaim, Mortensen also is a published poet, musician, painter and photographer. And the well-traveled Manhattan-born artist is fluent in Danish and Spanish. During down time between filming love scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow in ``A Perfect Murder,'' Mortensen kept his leading lady entertained by serenading her with Spanish songs. (His original paintings also made it into the film.) So it's a little surprising when, during the middle of an interview, he singsongs, ``Clap on, clap off.'' ``Whatever happened to those things?'' said Mortensen, 40, laughing. ``That was a good commercial. All my references are outdated because I don't watch television anymore. But I remember that one.''

Mortensen can be forgiven for not watching much TV--the busy Renaissance man just doesn't have the time. There's his role in ``Psycho,'' in which he plays Anne Heche's semi-clueless boyfriend, Sam Loomis. His art show at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif., has been extended. And he has a new book, Recent Forgeries (Smart Art Press, $27), which features his paintings, photographs and poetry, as well as a CD of his poems and songs. On record, Mortensen's speaking voice--especially in Spanish--actually is more melodic and alluring than his singing. Confident and clear, he draws listeners in as he spins tales of deceit and humor.

That confidence is exhibited again on the new spoken-word record ``The New Yorker Out Loud Vol. 2.'' The two-album collection includes readings by musician Chuck D and actress Suzy Amis. But it's Mortensen's readings of selections from Jack Kerouac's ``On the Road Journals'' that are truly mesmerizing. That he scored and mixed the avant-garde jazz in the background is an added bonus.

Now Mortensen is collaborating with his ex-wife Exene Cervenka (of the punk rock band X) on ``One Man's Meat,'' a record that will accompany his next art exhibit. ``I don't know what it's going to be about yet,'' Mortensen said. ``Perhaps just about how in our society people just devour each other, whether for money, or fame, or notoriety, or to just grandstand.''

Mortensen's work schedule hasn't always been this busy. After what he believed was a prodigious start in his acting career, the fledgling actor learned that his first two roles in films by Jonathan Demme and Woody Allen were edited out. But it wasn't long before he was cast in a small role in the 1985 film ``Witness.'' That part, which was supposed to be a one-day job, expanded into a speaking role as Alexander Godunov's younger Amish brother. ``I was basically told to shadow him,'' Mortensen recalled, laughing. ``So wherever he went, I followed.'' These days, Mortensen is taking the lead.

Eleven Views of Viggo (sidebar to the above article)
by Jae-Ha Kim

Viggo Mortensen is an accomplished poet, painter and photographer. But it's his acting that has captured the public's eye. Here's a look at some of his roles: "Witness" (1985). Best scene: Eyeballing Kelly McGillis' flirtation with Harrison Ford. "The Indian Runner" (1991). Playing the bad brother, Mortensen carves out a niche for himself at the simmering villain. "Boiling Point" (1993). Portrays a deliciously dumb and trigger-happy ex-con. "Carlito's Way" (1993). Very convincing as a sleazy, wheelchair-bound snitch. "The Prophecy" (1995). He's Lucifer. The devil made him do it. "Albino Alligator" (1996). Nice twitchy performance as a guy in a suit who is not what he appears to be. "Daylight" (1996). He's a doomed, mountain-climbing businessman arrogant enough to think he can be the story's hero despite the presence of Sly Stallone. "G.I. Jane" (1997). Gives new meaning to the term "knock out" in his scenes with Demi Moore. "A Perfect Murder" (1998). Really got into the role of artist David Shaw by doing all his own paintings. To soothe Gwyneth Paltrow for their love scenes, Mortensen seramaded her with Spanish love songs between takes. "Psycho" (1998). Rivaling the shower scene: Mortensen bares his backside early on in the movie. "A Walk on the Moon" (1999). Will debut at Sundance next month. He plays a traveling salesman who woos Diane Lane.

12/09/98 Track 16 sent email to let us know that Recent Forgeries has been extended through January 23. There will be a Book Reading and Signing this Sunday, December 13 at 7 pm at Track 16 Gallery with Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Doyle, and Dennis Hopper. For more information please vist the Track 16 website at www.track16.com. Thanks to Noelle for also sending me this info.
12/02/98 I just received the Recent Forgeries book in the mail. 106 pages of photos, paintings and poetry. Well worth the money in my opinion. Check the 11.19.98 section below on ordering details.
11/29/98 Lisa sent me an email account of her experience at the opening of Viggo's Recent Forgeries at Track 16 Gallery. Read all about it on the email page
11/19/98

From Holly Myers at Smart Art Press:

Smart Art Press has recently published book entitled "Recent Forgeries" that includes photographs, paintings, poetry, as well as a CD by Viggo. It was published to coincide with an exhibition of his work by the same name at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California, which runs from November 21st to January 9, 1998. The book can be ordered through:

Holly Myers, holly@smartartpress.com, 310.264.4678.

It sells for $25, plus $4 for shipping, plus sales tax if in California. Checks and credit cards are acceptable. It will be available in late November.

Holly was also kind enough to send me a press release. You can find it here. If you do contact Holly, tell her where you got the info. I won't get anything, but what the heck. And yes, I've already ordered mine.

A note from Bella adds: It is posted in the current Los Angeles Magazine. It is at Track 16 Gallery in Bergmont Station, Santa Monica and the opening is Nov. 21. This means in the gallery scene that there may be an unadvertised opening the night before, or the last day of the show's run there is usually a closing party, both of which it is customary for the artist to appear at ! I am not going but perhaps if anyone outthere does they will post it.

And as a final note, I saw a huge Psycho billboard on the way home. This reminded that I read somewhere that there won't be a screening for critics. Interesting ...

11/15/98

Well, I did it! I redesigned the Viggo Corner and in the process broke it up into several pages. The pictures are still here, I just moved them off the main page (being mindful of download time). I also added the date of the last modification of each section so you don't have to do any unnecessary browsing.

Drop me a line - frosty@frostyland.com - and tell me what you think, and if you don't mind, tell me how you found my page. Thanks!

11/12/98

Things are really hectic at work, meaning I won't be able to spend much time on this site until next year. My apologies. Also, I'm thinking of splitting the this page up into several pages. Let me know what you think. And if you do drop a line, please tell me how you found this page. Thanks!

The Unofficial Vince Vaughn Site has a very nice Viggo page. Click here to go there.

10/08/98

Jackie sends me the following:

In this month's IN STYLE magazine there is a tidbit about Viggo. It says he was noted as having the "best walk" by an agent and also includes a photo.

Here's another Viggo site:
http://members.xoom.com/viggo1958/viggoshomepage.html
Lots of photos! The site takes some time to load.

9/17/98

Melanie sends me the following:

Write Viggo and send a large SASE with a 55 cent stamp on it. He sends out a nice signed 8x10.

His address is below. Good luck!

9/14/98

I saw the first Psycho trailer on TV and it said it will open December 4th. It featured Vince Vaughn mostly, but Viggo's name is big in the credits. Click here for the official website.

Dark Horizons has some good pictures of Viggo from A Perfect Murder. Click here.

9/07/98

Click here for a People Online interview with Viggo and a picture.

8/30/98

For you diehards, fan mail can be sent to this address:
    9830 Wilshire Blvd
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Jackie sent me the following: "Thought I'd let you know that People Magazine just publicized Viggo's birth date. He'll be 40 on Oct. 20." Thanks for the info!

Movieline magazine has a two page interview with Viggo in the August 1998 issue (Antonio Banderas on the cover). Here's the opening paragraph of the two page interview. A big thanks to Amy for sending the text.

In an era when young actors are hyped to the moon after making a film or two, only to be ungraciously spat out at the first misstep, it's after making his debut as Alexander Godunov's younger brother in "Witness" Mortensen worked in lots of movies, but the ones with titles you'd remember didn't feature him in any way that made him stand out. It wasn't until he starred opposite Nicole Kidman as a sexy suitor in "the Portrait of a Lady" that audeinces took notice of him, so of course they mistook him for a newcomer. Hollywood heavies perked up their ears. Demi Moore cast him as a magnetic, poetry-reading-but-over-the-edge Navy SEALs trainer in "G.I. Jane." Now on screens as the artist with a half-amorous/half-homicidal relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow in "A Perfect Murder," Mortensen is hotter than he's ever been, and he's already signed on for his next project, Gus Van Sant's high profile remake of "Psycho."

Note: There follows a page and a half interview by Dennis Hensley. Viggo will be playing Sam Loomis in "Psycho." Check out the Internet Movie Database for more details. Thanks also to the Ravenkeeper for the notice.

6/25/98

Click here for Versatile Viggo, a Jam! Movies online interview with Viggo.

6/15/98 Viggo is in the June 22nd issue of People (by Danielle Morton). Here's the text (thanks to Megan for the text and to Nita and Melakia for letting me know):

If you're not distracted by the bared flesh of Gwyneth Paltrow or the chiseled cheekbones of Viggo Mortensen, you might notice the art in A Perfect Murder. The energetic, large-scale canvases in the loft of Mortensen's character-Paltrow's sinister artist lover- really are the work of the 39-year-old actor, who also takes photographs and has published a book or his poetry. How does he find the time? "I don't have a TV," says Mortensen, the New York raised son of a Danish businessman and an American homemaker. The actor, who ordered moviegoers to attention last year as G.I. Jane's sadistic master chief, is just as versatile onscreen. Divorced from Exene Cervenka of the '80s punk band X (they have a 10-year-old son, Henry), Mortensen specializes in chilly villains (except in an upcoming remake of Psycho, where he will play the boyfriend of Anne Heche's doomed damsel). "When I started out I couldn't try out for anyone even remotely shady because I looked sort of boyish," he says, "But once I did [a villain] reasonably well...good luck getting the part of the nice small-town druggist."

6/07/98

Click here for a People Online interview with Viggo and a picture.

6/06/98

Viggo has a new CD of experimental music, called "The Other Parade." It features Viggo (of course), Buckethead, Exene Cervenkova, DJ Bonebrake, and Armer, and others. Click here to see the cover.

5/12/98

I just saw the trailer for A Perfect Murder (the remake of Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder)and Viggo (playing David Shaw) is cast along side Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. He's sporting long hair and looks pretty Bohemian. Check out this page for two pictures of Viggo as David Shaw. There's also a website for the movie.

4/17/98

Viggo and Demi Moore have been nominated for "Best Fight" for the MTV Movie Awards. Thanks to Jackie (again!) for the note.

3/17/98 Viggo is in the April 1998 (p.351) Issue of Vanity Fair! (thanks to RavenKeeper!) Here is the article "The Scene-Stealer" (courtesy of an email from Jackie. Thanks!):

VIGGO MORTENSEN, actor (Twenty-eight films): Not a household name (yet), Viggo Mortensen has logged a lot of face time on the big screen in the 90's. Perhaps his image doesn't snap into place because his roles have been so richly varied. He played Henry James's genteel doormat Caspar Goodwood in The Portrait of a Lady and furnished unexpected shadings to the chiseled role of Demi Moore's commanding officer in G.I. Jane. Critics find in him a romantic waiting to be released. The genie bottle could be this year's Over the Moon, an independent film co-produced by Dustin Hoffman. A familiar figure on the L.A. punk scene (he was married to Exene Cervenka, the former lead singer of the punk band X), Mortensen is also a published poet, which probably shouldn't be held against him. (An interesting point: He's between Sir John Geilgud and the Fondas (Bridget and Peter). Quite a company.)

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