Viggo Mortensen is coming on the Kermode and Mayo's Films Review show this week to talk about his new film A Dangerous Method.

A while back I said that he was the natural successor to Robert De Niro - do you agree with me?

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by calthrop

    on 19 Feb 2012 04:00

    Yes he is a fabulous actor, less showy than De Niro. He also makes an effort with accents which many American actors don't. His Russian character in Eastern Promises was compelling.

    Mind you I am still struggling to understand the casting of Redford in Out of Africa. He seemed to have no intention of playing the character of Finch Hatton as an Englishman. They could have swopped him with Michael Kitchen or Jeremy Irons. I heard that Jeremy Irons criticised the casting of Bloom in Kingdom of God? So sad when casting is wrong in an otherwise great film - for the actor too I imagine. I suggest they might have considered Jim Cavaziel, Christian Bale or Eric Bana.

    PS / Why are you not presenting Film 2012? I love Claudia, particulalry on SCD but not on Film 2012. I have tried but I just can't watch it anymore as I am no wiser after the comments and therefore don't value the reviews, sorry.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by Dorothymantooth

    on 13 Feb 2012 18:45

    Quentin Tarantino has done a gret profile of Deniro and its on Youtube. He quotes somebody as saying Deniro was the greatest filmmaker of the 70's because of his associations with the people he worked with. Look at Deniros list of films from 1970 to 1981 and you will not find a film that is not right at the cutting edge of film making for the time. I hate comparing actors as at the end of the day all they do is make the words of a great screenplay flesh. However, if i must join in i will say this; Where is the Raging Bull of Mortensons carreer?? Because he hasnt done it yet by any means. Not to knock the guy, he can act and is terrific. But Deniro was at the forefront of a very important time in cinema, Viggos just been in some good films..

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by Joel

    on 7 Feb 2012 18:42

    NO! I DON'T AGREE AT ALL! VIGGO IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN DENIRO!
    For a start viggo can act and more importantly play different characters, deniro can only play deniro.

    P.S you fogot viggo's fantastic performance as aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by charlie

    on 6 Feb 2012 10:45

    Isn't Dicaprio the new De Niro? Scorsese seems to think so...

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by clydejnr

    on 5 Feb 2012 14:30

    Cronenberg/Mortensen definitely the new Scorsese/De niro! I love director/actor relationships.

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Kinders

    on 5 Feb 2012 12:52

    Eastern Promises? I wrote a brief review in 2007: "Viggo Mortensen makes a valiant attempt to salvage an otherwise dreadful film. Unfortunately, even his layered character (the only character with any depth, and even that is diminished during an uncompelling twist) can't save Eastern Promises from the truly abysmal script, stereotypical caricatures, performances that are all either camp or plain lazy and an absurd and generally quite uninteresting plot. To top it off, there are occasional moments of gore that are both absurd and totally uncharacteristic of the rest of the film. Miss this."

    If it belongs in any of your categories, it is in "good performance in a bad film".

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by The Architect

    on 5 Feb 2012 11:29

    Viggo is better than De Niro in my opinion. As much as I love watching Bob at his best, he's very much a one note actor. He can act more or less the same doing comedy or drama and it works both ways somehow, which is great... but Viggo can seemingly do just about anything and make it work.

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by 101room

    on 3 Feb 2012 23:53

    Hi Mark, Viggo reminds me much more of Daniel Day Lewis than Robert De Niro I think Viggo has a diffrent style to Robert De Niro and he is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Vigos acting technique. Obviously any reference to Daniel Day Lewis is a massive compliment to the man, who is a brilliant actor.

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  • Comment number 102. Posted by Going_once

    on 3 Feb 2012 21:59

    Most interesting actor around today. Eastern Promises one of my favourite films in whatever accent, and I'd watch any film he was in because it's going to be a good performance. Altriste - and here's a tip, watch the special features before you watch the film, otherwise it's incomprehensible unless you are up on Spanish history - didn't quite come out right but still I remember Mr. M in the boots.

    I don't get Robert de Niro I'm afraid, one person's iconic is another person's overheated.

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  • Comment number 101. Posted by RussiansEatBambi66

    on 3 Feb 2012 19:51

    Young actors that have come of age need to INNOVATE not look to IMITATE past actor legacies.

    Yes it's good to be inspired but you can never be the next Mr Badass cos the 2nd time around is never as good.

    Does a critic like Dr. K want to see history repeated to feel secure? Do we need this circle of life routine to happen with every actor?

    NO, NO, NO!

    I want Fassbender, Viggo and Ryan to go out there and top these De Niro's et al.

    Why not? They're good enough and have earned the right to forge their own legacies.

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