” On his obsession with death: “I think about death all the time.I mean, when I was a little kid, some of my first memories are waking up and going, ‘Ugh, I’m gonna die.’ I guess living in the countryside, I might’ve learned about it earlier. Once I realized that animals are gonna die, hence I’m going to die….” For more from Viggo, visit

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Besides acting, he is equally interested in poetry, painting, photography and music.

Viggo has also campaigned for Dennis Kucinich in the 2008 United States presidential election.

Le dice a Esquire que eligió Madrid "Porque me enamoré y vivía allí".

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With similar diligence, he absorbed himself in the Halder role. You realise carpenters built these places, electricians wired them, and you start to visualise the reality.

'It was awful to see how far all kinds of people - as good, bad and ordinary as we are - strayed off the path of their better intentions. You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved.' Mortensen is no bland Hollywood sex god.

I mean, when I was a little kid, some of my first memories are waking up and going, “Ugh, I’m gonna die”… But he is returning to the silver screen with a new movie called Captain Fantastic that debuted at Cannes, about a man who chooses to raise six his kids away from society.

Viggo Mortensen is 50, for goodness sake, but he looks so absurdly boyish I ask if he has sold his soul to the Devil like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray, and has a picture of himself in the attic ageing instead.

He laughs at this and says he has made no such deal - he's been genetically lucky - but the Devil pact is quite an apt analogy for the moral dilemmas his character faces in his latest film.