niece and I went to see this movie. Again,
she’s impressed with another movie I ask her to go see. What did she think of Viggo? “He’s
Now that this is out
of the way as she speaks for many Viggo fans, what about the movie?
The movie has a great
cast that balances itself from the horrific throat-cut scenes to the
goodbye kiss Nikolai gives Anna. For
some reason, you long for more at the end of the movie.
When you read about
Viggo’s preparation for this role, you can appreciate the end result. He is outstanding! Every
scene he’s in is strong. You
wonder if he can surpass himself and it happens in this movie.
What about the
much-talked-about naked bath scene? From
an article by Pam Grady, on September 11, 2007, Viggo says, "You have
to remember that basically you're children. Talk about innocence, you have to allow yourself to be innocent
when you're making a movie. You
have to be like children, because after all, you're putting on funny
mustaches that aren't real. You're putting on clothes; you're calling each
other by names that you are not. It's
like playing in a sandbox and you don't want to lose that naiveté and
that innocence. You want to
create a reality. You can't
be cynical and you can't be too adult."
reminds me of the Dana Carvey comedy special when Carvey describes his
young sons and how they ran around the house naked. Because this seemed to occur too often, Carvey had to set aside
time in the day for “naked time” for his two, young sons.
So Eastern Promises
has its own, innocent, “naked time.” It works. It’s a
great scene. It’s hot! Enough said.
What have Cronenberg
and Mortensen started? More
actors baring themselves in future?
You can see Eastern Promises trailer here: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809794102/video/3182401/
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