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Viggo Mortensen, ‘Eastern Promises’

Film critic quotes on the lead acting nominees

Reuniting with director David Cronenberg, Mortensen finally gained the attention of the Academy. This marks the veteran thesp’s first Oscar nod.

“The way Mortensen enters each scene, you know you’re watching an actor with presence — that’s the easy part — but more importantly an actor who can suggest two or three aspects of a character simultaneously.”
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

“Played, with flawless control, by Viggo Mortensen … (he) seamlessly impersonated an ordinary, decent small-town guy who was also a cold, professional killer.”
A.O. Scott
New York Times

“This is Mortensen and Cronenberg’s second collaboration — the first was ‘A History of Violence’ — and it’s turning into a beautiful friendship. … (Mortensen is) at home with the very things that Cronenberg obsesses on.”
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

“His performance is flat-out brilliant.”
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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