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Viggo Mortensen is a movie star -- a title he does not seem to take all that seriously. Just because he was in one of the highest-grossing film series ever (the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy) doesn't mean he has to do what other Hollywood actors do. He washes his own dishes. He talks about death and Russian poetry. He once wrote a script for a silent movie set 1,000 years in the past and sent to Leonardo DiCaprio (he turned it down). These are just a few of the tidbits readers can learn from the cover story in this week's T Magazine, aptly titled 'Viggo Talks and Talks.' So! What were some of the highlight quotes of this feature article? Let's examine.

Viggo's thoughts on death and knowledge
"'I'm not afraid of death,' he said, wiping down a counter with a damp cloth, 'but I resent it. I think it's unfair and irritating. Every time I see something beautiful, I not only want to return to it, but it makes me want to see other beautiful things. I know I'm not going to get to all the places I want to go. I'm not going to read all the books I want to read ... There's a limit ... I mean, I understand limits are good for character and all that, but I would rather live forever.'"

The writer on Viggo's very unsexy laugh
"He also has, for what it's worth, one of the strangest and unsexiest laughs in America: a kind of abrupt, feminine cackle that is liable to make you jump if you're not expecting it."

The writer on Viggo's dishwashing abilities
"The counter being clean now, Mortensen rinsed out his cloth and turned his attention to the dirty dishes. (The reporter ought to have offered some assistance at this point, but the sight of Aragorn with his hands in a sinkful of Fairy Liquid was too beguiling: reader, she sat back and watched.)"

Viggo on his distaste of hotels
"But by the time the appointed day rolled around, Mortensen had moved out of the Ritz-Carlton. Life, he said, was too short to stay in a 'prison' where you couldn't open the windows and where the lobby was always full of industry people."

Viggo (sort of) clarifying his earlier thoughts on death
"'I know I said I wanted to live forever and I would never be bored, but the reality is, it's probably kind of sad to live forever if you're the only one sticking around. I guess living through injury and disease is pretty hard too, so I don't know -- maybe immortality is not such a great thing ... Anyway, whatever, I don't know if any of this matters. But I guess what I'm saying is, I'd settle for another 150 years.'"

Clearly, Viggo is not your typical A-lister. This shouldn't come as a surprise -- after all, he has starred in three David Cronenberg movies -- but his genuine bizarreness is certainly refreshing. You can read the entire article over on T Magazine; Viggo's latest film, 'A Dangerous Method,' is in theaters now.

[via T Magazine and Gawker]

[Photo: Getty]



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