A modern renaissance man, Viggo speaks several languages, paints, performs jazz music, enjoys photography, and is an excellent horseman (he even purchased the horses he rode in the ‘Rings’ films and “Hildago”). A character actor, he gets very deeply into his roles. He will soon be seen in the post apocalyptic film, “The Road.”
Photograph by SARAH DUNN for EMPIRE MAGAZINE It’s hard to imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed (in its entirety) over a decade ago! The $285 million epic took eight years to complete, culminating with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001.
In an unbilled 1991 cameo, Glenn Close first got in touch with her inner man when she played a pirate who is mercilessly punished in Hook. And in a film premiering next month at the Toronto Film Festival, Close gender-bends as the title role in Albert Nobbs. Based on the 1982 play (in which Close starred), Nobbs is the story of an Englishwoman who disguised herself as a butler in Victorian Dublin because there were so few work opportunities. Close, who co-wrote the screenplay with novelist John Banville, is already being mentioned as an Oscar contender for the role.
It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and The Silence of The Lambs (1991) are the only films to grab all 5 major Oscars at The Academy Awards. (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay).