Viggo Mortensen embraces characters ugly sides. He is an Danish–American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter, and he made his film debut in the thriller Witness, according to Hossein Amini, he will portray an organized criminal Chester MacFarland in the big screen adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel ‘The Two Faces of January’, and his director believes he is the perfect choice for the part.
Speaking about Mortensen’s ability to bring out the dark side of human nature, Amini told Variety:
”I love the cruelty in her [Highsmith's] writing. Viggo really embraces the ugly side of characters … not a lot of stars do.”
Amini also said it was pleasant working with Mortensen, he needs little direction. He said:
”I learned to say as much as possible by saying as little as possible.”
The forty eight year old director also said he wanted to make ‘The Two Faces of January’ into a film for over a decade.
Fifty five year old Mortensen currently has a number of films in post-production, including ‘Mojave’, ‘A Most Violent Year’ and ‘Ex Machina’ and wants said that box office hits were not his interested as he was interested in good storylines. He said:
”I don’t care whether it’s a blockbuster or not … I’m not worried about it.”