January 3, 2012 |
"A Dangerous Method," the intellectually stimulating look at the formative days of psychoanalysis, presents Viggo Mortensen in a transformative performance as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender as his restrained protégé and rival, Carl Jung, and a bold Keira Knightley as the patient-turned-practitioner who came between them. But it was almost a Julia Roberts movie. "I first heard of and was intrigued by the story of Sabina Spielrein in a book by Aldo Carotenuto, 'A Secret Symmetry,'" says screenwriter Christopher Hampton of the character played by Knightley.
December 15, 2011 |
Some of this season's award contending films are the fruit of deep-rooted creative partnerships. Here, we look at three such pairings: the longtime alliance of director Martin Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, frequent collaborators David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen, and the budding brotherhood of Oren Moverman and Woody Harrelson. "Hugo" Scorsese and Schoonmaker have worked together on all the director's features since 1980, including "Hugo," which melds the stories of a young orphan living in a Paris train station in the 1930s and the early days of filmmaking.
November 23, 2011 |
Before it became known as psychoanalysis, the radical new method of dealing with emotional crises pioneered by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and others was known simply as "the talking cure. " And it is talk - smart, satisfying and sometimes even thrilling - that is at the heart of "A Dangerous Method. " "Method" stars Viggo Mortensen as Freud, Michael Fassbender as Jung, and a game but somewhat miscast Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, a woman who influenced them both. The confident directing style of David Cronenberg is essential in making this kind of intellectually stimulating cinema look easy, but the critical component in the film's success is Christopher Hampton's classically well-written script.
November 18, 2009
With more than 30 films to his credit, starting with a small role as an Amish farmer in Harrison Ford's "Witness," Viggo Mortensen has only recently begun catching the eye of the award groups. In addition to ensemble wins and nominations for the three films in the "Lord of the Rings" series, the actor caught the industry's attention in a big way for his work in 2007's "Eastern Promises." Academy Award 2008: Nominated for lead actor, "Eastern Promises" BAFTA Award 2008: Nominated for lead actor, "Eastern Promises" British Independent Film Award 2007: Won best actor for "Eastern Promises" Golden Globes 2008: Nominated for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama for "Eastern Promises" Screen Actors Guild Award 2008: Nominated for outstanding male actor in a lead role, "Eastern Promises"
November 18, 2009 |
John Hillcoat needed a face. To carry the lead in "The Road," his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son roaming the charred remains of what was once America, would require an actor capable of sustaining an intimate two-hander in which the bulk of his scenes would be played opposite a young boy. The lead actor would also need the drawing power to support the movie's $25-million budget. But it was the face that concerned him most. "I was really looking for the everyman from the book," Hillcoat recalled before the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
November 2, 2008 |
Viggo Mortensen doesn't need prompting to talk about the modern resonance of "Good," the film adaptation of C.P. Taylor's play about an ordinary man in 1930s Germany being slowly co-opted by the Nazis. "I made the leap immediately from what would I have done if I were Prof. John Halder, to what am I doing now, in my time?" he says by phone from Denmark. "When I saw it in 1982, [Margaret] Thatcher was prime minister and [Ronald] Reagan was president.