Viggo Mortensen: “I’m old, I love going to the movies and getting lost in the dark”

Aviles, Spain. The massive irruption of platforms to watch movies on digital devices will not put an end to traditional cinemas, in the opinion of the American actor, screenwriter, director and producer Viggo Mortensen, who this Thursday will show in Avilés (northern Spain) another of his facets, the as a writer, with a commented reading of his poems on the stage of the Niemeyer Center.

“I am old at that, I love going to the movies and getting lost in the movies, in the dark, close to other people I don’t know, to inspire us and surprise us with what we are going to see,” Mortensen said in an interview with EFE, hours before his meeting with the public, in which he stressed that traditional theaters are the primary area to which it orients its work.

The actor who achieved world fame playing Aragorn in “The Lord Of the Rings” trilogy is now immersed in what will be his second authorial work, a film about love and revenge, with a script (written during confinement), own direction and production, a project that, he has admitted, would be easier to sell to a platform, but which aspires to be released in theaters.

New Yorker by birth, although with Danish ancestry, Mortensen chose Spain to establish one of his residences, a country where he has family and friends, and he has claimed to have already known Asturias on a previous visit to familiarize himself with cave diving when he was preparing the role of the latest film he has starred in and which will be released next April.

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It is, he recalled, a story based on the international operation carried out in June 2018 to rescue a group of twelve children from a soccer team and their coach, trapped in the Tham Luang Nang No cave (Great Cave of the Sleeping Lady), located in northern Thailand, in which plays the role of one of the divers, of English nationality.

In parallel, Mortensen develops a literary career that led him to publish the collection of poems in Spanish “What cannot be written”, which includes photographs he took in 2018, and whose presentation was postponed due to the pandemic and successive filming in those who participated.

Some of the poems in that book are part of the selection that he has made to read them at the Niemeyer Center, a selection process that he finds “interesting” since it forces him to “review” old texts that he had not read for a long time and thus remember the time in which he wrote them and what was happening to him or his friends at that specific time.

Thus, he compared this process with the gesture of reviewing a photo album “where you see images of families or friends, but ninety percent of what is remembered is outside the frame of the photo, because it alludes to how one was at the time, who you were living with, who you were in love with, or who died then.”

For Mortensen, sharing his poems with the public on stage is like opening a movie “and you never know how he’s going to react, it’s always different,” Even if the tape is the same.

“The same thing happens with poetry, when reading a poem, something happens between my mouth and the person who listens, it is an interesting process that always evolves,” he said.

In that album of life, he assured, today’s still photography has to do with the current situation, “with people who get sick, who die, and the process of acceptance”, aspects that he touches on in his latest book despite having , after many years writing, the feeling of having already addressed “all the issues”.

In his opinion, the pandemic that the planet is suffering “by force makes us think and be aware that we can get infected, without knowing what is going to happen, because life is uncertain and, to a certain extent, it is healthy to accept it, and try to make the most of each day, it may sound corny, but it is so”.

“We know that we can get sick and die at any time; A truck can run over us, that is, anything can happen on a day-to-day basis, although we do not go through life thinking about that because we would go crazy,” he said.

Cinema, poetry, music, photography and painting “are tools to do the same thing”, that is, “observe, infer, form opinions, have feelings about it and express it, everything has the same purpose”, but always with uncertainty, said the actor.

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“You cannot control nature or how your work or your form of expression comes out, although doubt is the seed, in the best of cases, of solutions and ways of dealing with obstacles, they help, despite being frustrating,” he concluded. the interpreter.

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