Danish-American actor Viggo Mortensen attended the 11th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on Monday, October 17th. The 57-year-old actor was there for the Italian premiere of Captain Fantastic where he was met with an enthusiastic crowd during a “Close Encounter” event.
The festival featured a number of clips from the Academy Award-nominated star’s best-known roles, from Carlito’s Way (1993) to Hidalgo (2004) to A History of Violence (2005).
Mortensen first came onto the scene in director Peter Weir’s crime drama Witness (1985) in which Mortensen played a young Amish farmer; but his claim to Hollywood fame came in 2001 when he starred as the dashing and daring protagonist Aragorn “Ranger of the North” in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Appearing in more than 40 films in his 30-year career, the artist said he hopes to direct his first feature film in 2017.
“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,” as reported in The Hollywood Reporter. “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 went on to say, “But someone else is interested in a different screenplay, so I’m hoping I can do that next year.”
When asked what the project was, he replied, “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. Then I’d be happy to talk to you about it.”
Mortensen worked with actor-turned-director Matt Ross in Captain Fantastic, a comedy drama starring George MacKay (How I Live Now) and Samantha Isler (Grey’s Anatomy), which premiered in US theaters in July 2016.