Viggo Mortensen says he plans directorial debut in 2017

Viggo Mortensen says he plans directorial debut in 2017

PanARMENIAN.Net – Actor Viggo Mortensen met with festival attendees at a Close Encounter event during the Rome Film Fest on Monday, October 17 night and shared that he is looking to direct his first film as early as next year, The Hollywood Reporter said. Fans came out in droves for one of the most rambunctious panels of this year's edition to see the Lord of the Rings star. The fest played a range of clips – from his infamous Eastern Promises sauna fight scene to his wheelchair-bound role in Carlito’s Way, all to great applause. Saying that he feels uncomfortable judging other people’s works and turns down offers of being on festival juries, he praised the fest for not having a jury, but rather simply being a celebration of cinema. Mortensen also discussed the finer points of being an artist as he looked back over his 30-year acting career. The Academy Award-nominated actor has worked with several actors-turned-directors, from Ed Harris in Appaloosa to Matt Ross in Captain Fantastic, which had its Italian premiere at the fest after his talk. As such, it was fitting that Mortensen used his appearance to unveil that he hopes to take much of what he’s learned working with them as he plans his own directing debut as soon as next year. “Once in the late ‘90s I almost got one made. This year, now, I was supposed to be shooting my first movie as a director, but I lost the money,” said Mortensen. “I didn’t lose it, but somebody decided not to give it to me. It wasn’t a lot of money, but I don’t have enough to do it myself. He added: But someone else is interested in a different screenplay, so I’m hoping I can do that next year. What is the project? I don’t want to name what it is, because I think it’s bad luck until I know I’m shooting my first day, he said. Then I’d be happy to talk to you about it.” Mortensen, also a poet who founded his own publishing company, Perceval Press, said he has several different screenplays in the works with different kinds of stories. Mortensen had nothing but praise for Harris and Ross, explaining why actors can make great directors. “These are actors who have a sincere interest in the process of not only their own acting, but other actors,” he said. “As actors when they work they prepare very well. When they arrive they are usually working. Half of what they do depends on what they get from the other actors. These are the kinds of…

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