Is there any such thing as too much Viggo Mortensen?
The question is rhetorical, the answer is no.
Best known as to most as Aragorn, Viggo Mortensen has a knack for fluidly playing characters with more than one side to them – witness his starring role in Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence” (2005) and his follow-up in the woefully underseen “Eastern Promises” (2007 – also Cronenberg). Both times Viggo played a character whose external personality was at extreme odds with who he really was – and both times he played the parts absolutely convincingly.
So, Viggo as a con man? Yep, I’ll buy that – and the overpriced popcorn too.
In The Two Faces of January, Viggo plays Chester Macfarland, a con-man on the run who gets embroiled with a scam artist in Athens, having fled there with his wife Kirsten Dunst (No comment). The script is by Hossein Amini (Drive) – adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith - with Amini also taking on the director’s role. Set to open in UK cinemas on 16 May 2014, expect a tense web of intrigue and suspense – and a chance to indulge your legitimate man-crush.
Dave is the Editor of TLFR and a freelance writer. As well as a guest on BBC radio and regular appearances on the television show Reel Review, he has written for The Guardian, We Got This Covered, the International Political Forum and more.