starring Viggo Mortensen include his 2006 movie, El Capitan
Pictures below of Viggo Mortensen in Toronto promoting El Capitan
Alatriste. Other movies include A History Of Violence and Hidalgo for his more recent ones. See Filmography for a list of his movies.
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photos: "An exclusive photo of Viggo Mortensen at a
behind-the-scenes shoot with the cast of Alatriste, held during the
Toronto International Film Festival. Photo by Jennifer Cooper."
From Premiere Magazine's website (September 2006), click on Viggo's
picture to see more images of Alatriste cast. Look for Premiere
Magazine's December 2006 issue for more of Alatriste.
is 5 years old this month! EBH
was started five years ago to celebrate the artist and the
art. Now, years later, to add to that, this website continues
because we all, in one way or another, need art. Whatever the future
holds for this website, thank you everyone!
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website wouldn't exist without the celebrities, a grateful thank you!
thanks to Jenniffer, Randee, Leslie, Pilar, the ladies at the book signing in
New York and to all who have given a testimonial. You have shared with EBH
and brightened our days a bit. Also,
you to everyone for visiting this site and for your support.
email, below, shows how art and the artist truly impact our lives.
It's fitting to share her email on this month's anniversary column.
Her excitement and "tangent...to smell the roses" reflect why
EBH is still here after five years.
Jenniffer bought the hard copy version of Viggo's ebook and
then emailed asking about Viggo's public appearances. I received her
email early that week of Viggo's appearance in New York for Dr. Johnson's
campaign so I emailed her back
about that weekend.
short notice, Jenniffer did attend the fund raiser in Plattsburgh and brought her four
boys with her. Going to see Viggo with four sons and the dogs that
she mentions in her email is quite a feat!
you to Jenniffer--she has given permission to post her email about her meeting with Viggo here:
I really understand what it means to be star struck!! He is so
captivating in the movies and so human in real life. No, it is the
other way around!
I just keep trying to think of how he does what he does with the roles
that he plays. He is magic on the screen, really magic, and
pleasantly unpretentious in real life.
My boys were out at the car with the dogs when he drove up by himself in a
sporty little black car which he parked next to our red van. They
ran in and told me. So I went out with my 8 year old, Joseph, to
open the door for him. When I said "Hello!" he immediately
looked up from listening intently to Dr. Johnson's finance manager and
offered me his hand in greeting. When he came through the door and
saw my little one he struck up a conversation with him. He asked
where Joe was from and Joe said, "Canton". Viggo naturally
mistook this to be Canton, NY where he went to college. So I chimed
in to explain that we were from Canton, CT as Joe didn't know what to say.
He was surprised to learn that we had come from Connecticut for a New York
congressional candidate's fund raiser! Besides the fact that there
was a camera with an extremely large lens pointed at us, I was suddenly
very nervous with embarrassment. I had been exposed as a star
chaser!!!! Aargghh!!!! -(which I'm not!! but I was!!). I
was quite aware of my face quivering!! It was dreadful.
After we all got inside I realized I wouldn't have another opportunity to
talk to him. He made a point to talk to every single person there
and to sign something for everyone.
When he was giving his talk, after dinner, he commented on the fact that
someone was there from Russia and that someone had even come from CT.
my Catholic guilt for having crashed the party was in full flow (but my
ego was trying to put the brakes on it!). So when Joe and I went up
to get the CDs we had won in the silent auction, I strutted up there
waving my hand and announcing that I was the lady from CT and adding
something like, 'See! The Connecticut lady has made a contribution
to the doctor's campaign'. His face lightened up and he put his hand
out a little bit further to shake mine as I was starting to turn away to
escort Joe back to our seats. It was a different shake from the
first meeting one. A little longer, very soft and warm : ) He
seemed to enjoy my little bit of theatrics ... who knows what he was
really thinking ... silly woman.
My first impression was that he is naturally a rather shy person and that
he listens carefully to what people say. I would imagine with his
close friends and once he is able to be more relaxed, the colorful, deep
down himself opens up. We got glimpses of his humor during the first
part of his talk but he was slightly hesitant about bringing that side of
himself forward. These are my impressions, is all. He strikes
me to be extremely diligent, conscientious, honest, devoted, hardworking
and most of all
considerate and genuine. I have to say that I do admire him for the
work that he does as an actor. I think he must be a very reflective
person to be able to tap into the characters he portrays in the manner,
with the nuance, and with the 'right on the mark' subtlety of expression,
that he does.
I can think I perceive that much about him by watching him in a movie and
meeting him once?! Don't I have a great imagination? Maybe I'm just
a total goof-ball.
Anyway, we stayed until he and Dr. Johnson went behind a big drape where
the bright lights were waiting. I would have loved to, but I wasn't
comfortable to wait outside to have a word with him after he was done with the
interview. I was still feeling that I had sort of crashed the party (although everyone associated with the campaign was actually quite
appreciative). I didn't want to impose on him. He was jet lagged and
tired. He had just flown in from Europe. I assume he drove in
from Boston too as the car had Massachusetts plates on it.
I do regret not leaving the book I had been reading under the windshield wiper of his car though. I want to think he would find value and
meaning in it, understand its relevance and appreciate the strange irony in the fact
that the author is a 'Robert Johnson' and the doctor for whom he was the guest speaker that night is also a
Such is life. The worlds we live are light years different but our
paths crossed because I went on a tangent for a brief moment. I'm glad I
stopped to smell the roses last Thursday! Not to mention, my four boys were
thrilled! I think I earned a sticker in their eyes. It was
literally a whirlwind adventure starting with me watching Hidalgo on TV several days
earlier. The movie Hidalgo, traveling to NY to participate in some
grass roots politics and meeting Mr. Mortensen, sparked some good conversation
amongst us about politics, our founding fathers, genocide in our American history and the complexities of life. Can you believe it? One
man and a movie about crossing the desert on a horse caused such a wonderful ripple
in our lives. The movie is a metaphor for my personal journey.
However, the movie, it is nothing without Mr. Mortensen's performance. He will
inspire my life for a long time to come. Thank you Viggo Mortensen.
P.S. I took the bait Marina! Ha Ha Ha You know what I
is a new Viggo fan after seeing Hidalgo. Her email reveals the joy for the artist and the art].
videos worthy of your time. Because one never knows how long these
videos will be available online, take a moment to watch them.
in Spanish. Any one of the links will take you to more videos of
Viggo promoting Alatriste.
Film Festival Alatriste video
Oswego, New York speech for his support of Dr. Bob Johnson on September 8,
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contribute or buy autographed items from Viggo to help Dr. Bob Johnson for
Capitan Alatriste premiered in Leon. Read more about Leon:
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part of EBH's anniversary celebration, congratulations
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send an email to Marina at mar @ electronicbookshere.com to specify
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year's 2007 contest.