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Viggo Mortensen

The Two Faces of January (2014)

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Viggo Mortensen

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A few days after our meeting, Mortensen called and left a message on voice mail. He had been thinking about what he’d said regarding immortality and he was concerned now that perhaps he had taken too vehement a position: “I know I said I wanted to live forever and I would never be bored, but the reality is, it’s probably kind of sad to live forever if you’re the only one sticking around. I guess living through injury and disease is pretty hard too, so I don’t know — maybe immortality is not such a great thing. You know, Freud accepted his lot very stoically and very well and with a sense of humor. He aged and died gracefully and there’s a lot to be said for that. Still, it would be nice to live a little longer, with your mind intact and your body reasonably functioning… .”

The message went on in similar vein, for a while. Toward the end, Mortensen seemed to become vaguely embarrassed by his own meandering. “Anyway, whatever,” he said. “I don’t know if any of this matters.” There was a long, crackly pause. “But I guess what I’m saying is, I’d settle for another 150 years.”

- Viggo Talks and Talks, The NYTimes T Style Magazine by Zoe Heller, Holiday 2011

photo credit: Cass Bird