He has been successful to impress the fans and the critics with his acting skills.
How much does this character resemble the actor himself? We could've gone straight to Watertown and stayed there, and we could've gotten there a hell of a lot faster, but Mortensen, his two hands resting gently on the bottom of the steering wheel, doesn't like to drive too fast. Two and a half hours into our journey, Mortensen and I stop for coffee at a joint he likes because his mother used to go there as a teenager. We sit at the bar, and no one seems to recognize him, not even the pretty bartendress he chats up about Syracuse basketball. He was offered the role only when another actor, Stuart Townsend, was dropped at the last minute, and he took it only because his then-eleven-year-old son, Henry, had read (and loved) the Tolkien trilogy and convinced him to do it.
Viggo graduated from Watertown High School in Watertown, New York. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he earned a degree in Spanish studies and politics.
He has lived in several places including Spain, England and Denmark as well did many jobs like driving trucks to selling flowers.
But he just doesn't scream "I'm famous." Plus, he's dressed like everyone around him, in a plaid flannel shirt, generic jeans (they're not even Levi's), and old black sneakers he got in Denmark a couple decades ago. Then he did something truly bizarre by Hollywood standards.
I ask Robin what Mortensen was like in high school. "He was a blond, beautiful, that's what he was."Mortensen has never been like the other boys and girls.July 1987 - 1997Viggo Mortensen married singer Exene Cervenka in 1987 after they met on the set of the film 'Salvation!