David Cronenberg said he had to convince Viggo Mortensen to take the lead in his new film. crimes of the future.
The 62-year-old actor, who has worked with director Cronenberg on three previous films – A history of violence, Eastern promisesand A dangerous method – was reluctant to act as Saul, a performance artist who will have his organs removed by his partner without physical pain in a dystopian future.
In a new interview with vanity fair At the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered this week, Cronenberg detailed the process of pressuring Mortensen to take the lead.
“I molested him. I insulted him. I called him and texted him. Chatted him up until he finally agreed to play the lead instead,” Cronenberg explained after Mortensen initially said he wanted to play the role of a “cop” in the film.
Mortenson, who was also present at the interview, did not disagree The fly Director. “I read it and I thought this is a great film of our history, I’d like to be some kind of villain. The guy running the undercover operation,’ he said.
Still, the experience of making the film eventually garnered a reluctant nod from Mortenson.
“In the end I liked it [it] as acting practice, because the basis of good acting is really good reaction,” explained Mortensen. “And that character is responsive to what’s happening to his body, to his environment, to what his partner is doing — what they’re doing together with his body.”
The film, starring Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux, received a six-minute standing ovation at Cannes. However, it also provoked other viewers to walk out.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/david-cronenberg-viggo-mortensen-crimes-of-the-future-b2089156.html David Cronenberg says he “pushed” Viggo Mortensen into starring in Crimes of the Future