The Road

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Actor Viggo Mortensen talks about his career and his role in the film "The Road," based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel about a father and son struggling for survival in a desperate, post-apocalyptic America. "The Road" opens nationwide Wednesday, November 25.


Viggo Mortensen

Comments [9]


How in the world can you criticize something without giving it any personal consideration.
The Proposition was not a music video.
No Country for Old Men must have done something right to get an award for best picture of the year.
Small minded people will remain the same unless they open those minds without criticism.

Nov. 24 2009 08:34 PM
jeris turner from oxnard, ca

Hugh, you are reminding me of people, usually Christians, protesting film content before the movie in question is released. This movie is the book. I've seen it four times already, and what the book does, the movie does and allows you to see it. It's the most important film in 20 years. If you want to miss it, don't blame me.

Nov. 24 2009 08:19 PM
mozo from nyc

I loved Mr. Mortensen in "A History of Violence" in which he is also a man who loves and protects his family, albeit as a much darker character.

I wish him and the movie much success. I will be buying the book and seeing the film.

Nov. 24 2009 01:19 PM
CJ from ny

I have to change this. I feel like I am losing energy.

Nov. 24 2009 01:18 PM
Erik from nyc

This book moved me more than any I have read in the last five years. I am glad that an actor of Viggo Mortensen caliber is starring. Does the movie depict the toughest scenes of the novel? if so, How?

Nov. 24 2009 01:13 PM
CJ from ny

Doesn't seem like anyone in this movie needed the work.

Nov. 24 2009 01:13 PM
Kevin from Brooklyn, NY

"The Road" inspired me to built my latest art project, Camper Kart: a pop-up camper constructed out of a shopping cart. I thought it was interesting how McCarthy imagined the shopping cart as the most utilitarian object to transport provisions. The Camper Kart is meant to stimulate conversation about self-reliance, mobility, and shelter. I found McCarthy's story to be one of human perseverance and intend the Camper Kart to symbolize the same.

Nov. 24 2009 12:32 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Here's a question that Viggo Mortensen will be too polite or diplomatic to answer: How can fairly inexperienced director of music videos take on a novel like "The Road"?

I didn't see "No Country for Old Men" because I believed no living director was competent to handle it. Maybe Stanley Kubrick could have handled "The Road". The previews I've seen and the casting of people like Charlize Theron leave me thinking that the John Hillcoat's adaptation will be garbage.

Orson Welles was inexperienced. John Hillcoat is no Orson Welles. You might as well have Mel Brooks or Chris Columbus direct (they'd almost certainly be better).

Nov. 24 2009 12:23 PM
Jane from brooklyn, ny

That book was incredible. I will not see the movie.

Nov. 24 2009 10:46 AM

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