Variety's Virtual TIFF Studio
Viggo Mortensen endorsed third-party candidate Jill Stein in the 2016. However, he says he's voting for Joe Biden this time around. "The fact is, practically speaking, I vote in California and it…
Viggo Mortensen endorsed third-party candidate Jill Stein in the 2016. However, he says he’s voting for Joe Biden this time around.
“The fact is, practically speaking, I vote in California and it wouldn’t have made a difference whatsoever,” the actor says about his support for Stein. “I really wasn’t happy with the Democratic Party and what they were doing and I wasn’t really happy with [Hillary Clinton] as a candidate so I voted my conscious. This time, I’m definitely voting for Joe Biden.”
Mortensen spoke in the Variety’s Virtual TIFF Studio presented by Canada Goose while promoting his directorial debut “Falling” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In the film, he plays a gay man who brings his father Willis (Lance Henriksen) to live with him, his husband (Terry Chen) and their daughter (Gabby Velis).
Willis is a conservative farmer who hurls racist, homophobic and misogynistic insults at the family as he also battles with dementia.
Mortensen also wrote the screenplay, which he purposely set in 2009 to avoid seeming like he wanted Willis to symbolize Donald Trump. But he explained, “It’s not like you could draw a direct parallel to Trump and other types like him exactly with Willis because Willis, for one thing, isn’t a liar. He’s just brutally honest and he’s inflexible.”
Mortensen fears Trump could win a second term. “If he does win somehow, I don’t know if the United States will ever get itself back on track,” he said. “It will do quantitatively much more damage than he’s done in the last four years, not just to the United States and the environment, but to the rest of the world.”
Watch the clip from the conversation here: