Say it ain’t so, Viggo!

Viggo Mortgensen bids adieu to the movies

At what appears the prime of his cinematic career, Viggo Mortgensen has announced that he’s done making movies. In an illuminating interview in the Guardian, the moody actor who rose to superstardom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and gained notoriety for his naked fight scene in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, says he wants to focus on his other artistic pursuits, which include writing poetry, photography and making music (his most recent album, At All, is a collaboration with the Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead): “I’ve been in all these well-received movies and it seems like I should be doing some more, but there’s other things I want to do. It’s not the right time,” he says. Mortgensen’s fans can take solace in the fact two of his performances have yet to be screened—in Good, playing a German literature professor who joins the SS during WWII and in The Road, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel. Or they can book a trip to Madrid where he’ll be appearing in a Spanish-language production of Ariel Dorfman’s play Purgatorio this winter.

Times Online

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