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I'm not in a hurry to [leave characters behind]. I appreciate other actors that say ‘it was difficult to shed the skin of this character’. I don't know what the hurry is. As far as I'm concerned, I don't see that it ruins my life to have gotten involved with the character I'm playing. Our memories are finite and they decrease in their efficiency over time as we get older, so what's the hurry to forget something you learned something from and you explored in aninteresting way? I'm never in a hurry to shed it. I don't see it as a problem.

Goin’ Fishin’ with Viggo Mortensen, Lynn Barker
Teen Hollywood, 28 September 2005

looking ahead to Alastriste )
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Viggo Mortensen is one of the most respected young actors in Hollywood. He carries with him an experience in the avant-garde that allows him to play difficult characters, sometimes psychologically challenged, ) with ease. He doesn't seem to care too much about it however, even though, with his physique and his looks, he could easily become a leading man.

The Guy Can't Help It, Manuela Cerri Goren
April 1996
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“Acting has never been, like, everything to me,” he says. “There’s too many strange people. And too much institutionalised insincerity.”


Age of Discovery, Wolf Schneider

Movieline, November 1996
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"A good actor is there, a bad actor is not. Sure it's a craft but it also has to do with generosity of spirit. Some people just aren't very generous by nature and, no matter how technically proficient they might be, they're not much fun to work with because they don't care and you feel it." - Viggo Mortensen

A Walk on the Moon interview
Pamela's Film and Entertainment Site, 1999

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