Here’s my interview with Viggo for Yahoo! Movies the day he won the Golden Globe nomination for playing Freud in A Dangerous Method:
Fresh from his Golden Globe supporting actor nomination for playing the proud papa of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, “A Dangerous Method” star Viggo Mortensen, 53, talked exclusively to Yahoo! Movies about brilliant thinkers — Freud, Carl Jung and director David Cronenberg — and his A-list co-stars Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.
Thelma Adams: At the movie’s core is a mentor/pupil, father/son relationship between Freud and Jung. You’ve now made three movies with Cronenberg — “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises” and, now, “A Dangerous Method.” Is there a parallel?
Viggo Mortensen: To some degree it’s similar in the sense that, to start with, Jung and Freud had a great deal of affection for each other. With David, our friendship is first and foremost: respecting and liking, and a similar sense of humor. I’ve learned a lot and stretched with him. In “Eastern Promises,” he asked a lot of me and I asked a lot of myself.
TA: And with Freud, is there more scrutiny because it’s a historical character whose reputation precedes him?
VG: Freud was even more of a stretch. And, as for my friendship with David, at least so far we haven’t had the oedipal thing that was played out by Jung and Freud. We get along and hopefully we’ll continue to do so.
TA: Do you have any plans to collaborate again?
VG: David always has a couple of things cooking. One possibility is to do a sequel to “Eastern Promises.” The end left you wondering what would happen to my character now in that criminal London subculture. It was an ending that asks for, or allows for, a sequel like the “Godfather,” like Michael Corleone. What will happen next? I’m not a fan of sequels, although “Godfather 2” was as good as the original, maybe somewhat better. With David you can count on something interesting. He’s never done a sequel before. It’s not like with Woody Allen where he gets to do a movie every single year.
TA: That may not be a bad thing — some times I wish that Allen would take a year off and meditate…..MORE….on the Yahoo! Movie website