Viggo Mortensen Wasn’t Nervous About Directing

The 61-year-old actor has stepped behind the camera for the film which he also wrote and stars in for the first time and he was excited about being questioned by his cast on what he planned to do, even when he didn’t have all the answers.

He said: “I wasn’t any more nervous on my first day directing, just like acting I didn’t sleep the night before.

“But because I had been sort of a nosy actor, I’ve always asked questions of directors when they would allow it.

“I’ve always been interested in the collective effort that goes into getting a story effectively told on screen.

“The big difference was now I was being asked the questions and I had to have the answers right then, even if it was, ‘I’m not sure but let’s try this.’ It didn’t bother me. I liked it.”

Viggo learned a lot from his ‘History of Violence’ director David Cronenberg about preparing for the shoot.

He explained to Britain’s Esquire magazine: “[He taught me] there’s no such thing as preparing too much or too early for a shoot.”

And the ‘Green Book’ star even offered the filmmaker a small part in ‘Falling’ as a doctor, but insisted he wasn’t out for a “favour” to attract more interest in the movie.

He said: “I didn’t ask as a favour. I said, ‘Look, I’m going to shoot this movie in Toronto where you live, and there’s a scene I think you’d be great for.’

“Fortunately, he read it and he liked it.

“If you’re not a cinephile, maybe you don’t know what he looks like, you just think, ‘That actor’s really good.’ If you do know him, I suppose there’s an added, ‘Oh! It’s Him!’ “

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