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 )