I have never been in a natural place and felt that it was a waste of time. I never have. And it's a relief. If I'm walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.— Viggo Mortensen
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I have friends who I get along with who I know get very uncomfortable being alone, unless they're with people, talking all the time. Whether it's on the phone, or in person, they're never by themselves. Whereas I could be alone for months.
As regards Hillary C;inton's foreign policy actions and the powerful vested interests she seems gleefully beholden to, including all the biggest players in the military-industrial complex, I feel that she would be no better an actor on the world stage than Trump and whatever coalition of managers he might cobble together.
Like most people I can be lazy, so it's nice to have a goal or deadline or reason to work out. I feel better when I get to exercise, or when I'm outdoors. I like to hike, swim and run, and I love to play soccer.
I want to see what the Green Party looks like.
I think if people don't start voting what they feel, if that's something other than the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, then nothing's going to change. You need more political parties that actually have a chance.
My job as an artist, as I see it, is to understand and in some cases to take on various ways of thinking about people and the world that are different from my own, sometimes radically different.
It's easy to get depressed and think, "Well, what's the point?" But it's the same as, "Well, we're all going to die, so what's the point in brushing my teeth or even saying hello to anyone or obeying traffic lights." You can do that, but that's certainly not going to take you anywhere.
As Martin Luther King said, "Passively to participate in an unjust system is to accept that system and to participate in its evil."
The Black Lives Matter movement, the various Occupy movements in Spain and the rest of Europe, in this country, and elsewhere serve as an example of what can be done, and how strong the voices for positive change and truly democratic progress can be.
In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some color and the director makes the painting.
Perceval Press a publishing house I founded in 2002 and it's still going strong.
Strong for us means not so many books per year, but each one we very carefully design and print.
It is important to keep protesting, to keep forcing a conversation in the public arena. In any case, when you know what the right thing to do is, or that something must be said, it can be immoral and dangerous not to act.
When there is conflict, it's good to step away, even for five minutes, because you could say terrible things that you can't take back, so it's best to walk away.
When people say that entertainers should "know your place," they might as well say the same thing about plumbers and teachers and cab drivers. We all should be able to express our views.
I'd like to, when it's all said and done, say that I have at least a few stories that I feel proud of.
The efforts of Black Lives Matter to bring attention to the all-too-frequent instances of unjustified violence being used by policemen may not be paying off as quickly as some might hope.
Once you learn the idea of what a good guy is, you want your dad to be a good guy, and when your dad lets you down and doesn't act like a good guy, it's disappointing and can make you angry as you see it happen, which is beautiful and very believable.
If I can get a day to myself, I won't answer the phone, I'll read or go for a walk. Simple, basic things. People think there's always time to do that but there isn't. Life is short.
If you're trying to please everyone, then you're not going to make anything that is honestly yours, I don't think, in the long run.
I played Lucifer once, which is sort of a difficult character to research.
I thought to myself, "We all have the potential to be selfish, to be cruel - at least to think evil thoughts, even if we don't ever act out on them. Even if we don't ever think we behave badly, we probably do more than we realize."
As [John] Tolkien himself said, the story [Lord of the Ring ] is not allegorical. He said so when people tried to make analogies to World War II and the fight against Hitler and his fascist coalition.
You have a moral obligation to finish the job you said you would do.
I think that people who get to a certain position, and then try to ferociously defend it or build on it, it's kind of a dead-end street. You see people becoming miserable that way.
As Aragorn said at Helm's Deep, "There is always hope."
I'm sort of contrary and stubborn sometimes.
When everybody says, 'You have to read this book! You have to read this book!' I'm like 'Oh, I'll get around to it.'
Captain Fantastic touches on that [division].
You meet this family that lives off the grid in the woods and you go, "Oh, it's some kind of liberal utopian fantasy. The enemy is gonna be all these conservative types that they'll probably run into, and that's going to be the story."
Because of the internet, satellite TV, and the digital world, you can stay in touch, you can learn about other people from a young age.
Usually the characters I play are men of few words, who communicate in non-verbal ways.
Even the implication that The Lord of the Rings is a mythic story about Western, white supremacy - regardless of the political leanings of anyone who tries to make that case - is a load of self-justifying, destructive horseshit.
This basic thing I always do: 'What happened between the character's birth, and page one of the script?' Anything that's not in the story, I'll fill in the blanks.
The money I earn from films means I can help the people I want to help - you can do a lot of good if you want to.
Speaking more than one language and living in a multicultural family and environment did not seem like anything but what it was: the world I lived in.
I think we're on the wrong path in this country and have been for a while.
People are in their camps divided by region, economic situation, race, religion, ideology. And there's a lot of just staying in your camp using technology to bolster your case without actually debating with other people, without discussing.
I mean, any movie or story that makes you accept and be grateful for something about your life is doing something right.
In the end, the actor's main power is the power to say, 'No.'
There are people that grandstand and seem to be publicly politically engaged because they like the attention, more than because they're genuinely concerned about the world. But I don't think that's the majority.
There's no sense in doing something, especially if it's a hard job, if you can't have a little fun.
People like to pigeonhole you. It's easier.
I was born in New York but as a baby moved to Venezuela and Argentina.
I've also lived in Denmark, where my father's from. I've traveled a lot, and having that sort of background probably increased the chance that I was going to remain curious as an adult about people who are different.
Kids accept where they are because they don't know the past.
They know what they have; they know where they are.
If you're not optimistic on some level, then you've given up.
That is to say, Hillary Clinton is not, in my mind, a satisfying or calming alternative to Donald Trump.
[Captain Fantastic] it's a great story.
It's one of the better scripts I've read, ever, as far as being great from beginning to end. It handles a variety of characters. You have six children who all stand on their own, they're all individuals. And it touches on a very real issue, which is the lack of cohesion and communication in America right now.
You can't really divorce yourself and your life from the world you live in.
You can't really go back to where you came from. I don't think any of us can.
People are becoming more intimately acquainted with people who are different than them - it's not so unusual anymore.
It doesn't matter how bad things are, something good could happen always.
And it doesn't matter how many excuses you have for behaving in an unkind manner towards others. There's never any excuse for not being kind and it's always better to be kind even if it seems pointless and that in fact is the highest wisdom - being kind. It sounds like a very noble, ethereal, simplistic idea but it's true.
I have to say that I think Bernie Sanders is the first politician since Dennis Kucinich that I've been truly inspired by. Where you actually are truly speaking truth to power, in a legitimate way and in an unpretentious and very straightforward way.
I've been naked physically in movies - but it's a whole other thing to be naked emotionally in a way that's not just a distraction or a character.