Did you know that Aragorn from "Lord of the Rings" drives a Ford Fusion in real life?
It's one of many interesting tidbits from a new Esquire cover story about Watertown High School and St. The actor picked up writer Lisa De Paulo at Syracuse Hancock International Airport and drove her in his rental car to his hometown of Watertown and back as she interviewed him about his new movie "Captain Fantastic." "Two and a half hours into our journey, Mortensen and I stop for coffee at a joint he likes because his mother used to go there as a teenager," De Paulo writes. We sit at the bar, and no one seems to recognize him, not even the pretty bartendress he chats up about Syracuse basketball." Of course, one waitress did recognize him -- but as her classmate, not the Hollywood star who was nominated for an Oscar for the 2007 gritty crime thriller "Eastern Promises." She wanted to know if he was coming to their 40th high school reunion in July.
While at home, he likes to play basketball and soccer.
He is also fond of going out for a walk in his free time.
He believes that not only it gives your body a low impact cardiovascular workout but, also stimulates your mind as well.
Plus, being an avid outdoorsman, he likes to go out for hiking.
The kids also rock-climb, practice martial arts and follow a severe physical-training regimen while maintaining an academic curriculum that would daunt a grad student, from political theory to quantum physics to classic literature.
As the real-life father of a 28-year-old son, Mortensen says that he was moved by the script by Matt Ross, who also directed the film, and started reflecting on his own parenting skills and wondering if he had done his best.“You can have shifting opinions about that, because there is no such thing as a perfect parent,” notes the 57-year-old actor. While you’ll make mistakes along the way, it’s in the trying that you do something good.”The thoughtful Mortensen has been known for taking on physically demanding roles in movies like “The Road,” “Hidalgo,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises” and even as Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, where he lost a tooth in a fight scene.
He's seriously tired and in some kind of mood, and let's respect that, roll with it, because the hours he's keeping here in New Mexico have just been preposterous. wake-up calls he's grimly endured on the set of “Appaloosa.” And the locals hired to work Mortensen's cowboy picture (who plainly adore him) say they've never seen such a hard-partying cast and crew as the Appaloosans, and God only knows what happened last night, but there he goes again. This is his only day off and it kind of got shot and he didn't get to do some stuff he really wanted to do, and then, his obscure Argentine-concert CD got stuck in the player inside his trailer, because he's never not two-timing the movies with all the rest of his esoteric interests.
Altogether, the round trip took eight hours as they discussed why his obsession with death ("I guess living in the countryside, I might've learned about it earlier"); how his parents met (mom Grace was from Watertown and met Viggo Sr., a Danish farmer, on a trip to Norway); why he hand-picks smaller films after the original "LOTR" trilogy made him a star ("I mean, how much f---ing money do you need?
") and how he fears he'll get dementia one day, just like both of his parents.
“And Matt and Jeannie Mc Carthy, the casting director, found this amazing group of kids.” Beside Bodevan — all the kids have unique names — there is the youngest, Nai (Charlie Shotwell); resentful son Rellian (Nicholas Hamilton); tomboyish Zaja (Shree Crooks); and teen daughters Kielyr (Samantha Isler) and Vespyr (Annalise Basso).
Before filming, Mortensen and the young actors got together in the woods to practice rock-climbing, martial arts and music, as the family sings and plays together.“We got along really well, respecting each other’s different personalities, and that comes through in the movie,” he says.