Viggo Mortensen To NOT Quit Acting

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Collider recently caught up with acclaimed actor Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence) during the premiere of his upcoming film The Road at the Toronto International Film Festival, and took the exclusive opportunity to ask the Mortensen what was up with his declaration to step away from acting, which shocked Viggo-lovers across the Net earlier this past Spring.

To our shared semi-surprise (sarcasm alert), Mortensen pulled a Brett Favre-style about-face and shot down the rumore, stating that he’ll be sticking around to mess with this whole being-an-actor thing for the time being.

Ok, so maybe he didn’t say it quite like that – maybe it was more along the lines of “Eh, I’m good for now,” but… Oh heck, just watch this exclusive video scoop from Collider:


Ah Viggo… as elusive and enigmatic as ever.

I could get snarky about actors / athletes / rappers (isn’t Joaquin Phoenix all three in one?) who always pull the “I’m Through,” card, only to never really step out of the limelight. But truth be told, I’m just glad we’ve still got Viggo Mortensen in the game, if only to retain a leading man who always seems to elevate the films he stars in.

I bet David Cronenberg (The Fly) is breathing a sigh of relief. On with Eastern Promises 2!

Are you happy that Viggo Mortensen will continue acting?

To catch him next, be on The Road come November 25, 2009.

Source: Collider

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  1. Glad he’s sticking around. Horrible bad grammar in your headline though. It should be ‘Viggo Mortenson NOT to quit acting’, but as even that sounds clumsy how about saying:’Viggo Mortensen NOT quitting acting’.

  2. I personally rate him very highly and will watch a movie I otherwise wouldn’t have if he’s in it. I’d say one of the best actors of his generation but at 51 I’m not too sure who else is in it! ;)

    As for the “I quit!” remarks, I must have said that a thousand and one times about my job when it all hits the fan. I’m sure most people have said they’ve had enough in their job too, we’re just lucky enough not to have a news crew following us reporting on our every word…


    The headline is (probably) in response to the previous “Viggo Mortensen to quit acting!” headline and so makes stylistic sense more than grammatical sense.

  3. @David B-How about, “Viggo Decides That Acting Is His FAVRE-orite Job”?

    (*Runs from roomful of pun-injured ScreenRanters*)

  4. @Jordi… You misunderstand…it’s a question of where the ‘not’ goes. The ‘to’ and the verb (quit) shouldn’t be separated, they should be together. As in ‘To be, or not to be’ from Shakespeare. It isn’t ‘to be or to not be’…. Get my point?

  5. @David B

    No I didn’t misunderstand. Like I said it’s a stylistic interjection as opposed to grammatical correctness. They could equally have went with “Viggo Mortensen to quit acting, NOT!” which is grammatically as bad but portrays much the same message.

    The point being it is the wordplay of paralleling the original headline with the new information that it isn’t happening. Aye, theres the rub.

  6. Glad to hear that Aragorn is still going to be on the big screen. :P

  7. He needs to come back for a sequel to Eastern Promises.

  8. Glad to hear the news. He’s a great actor. Much better than the mainstream actors that are getting a lot of work these days. He brings class to every role.

  9. @ David B

    Listen to Jordi. I know my grammar (as the text of the article would evidence).

    It’s a play on the previous title as explained to you. I realize it’s a misuse of the negative. I get it. Got a degree and grad degree in this craft, my friend.

    Running a publication isn’t always as simple as the grammatical rules.

  10. @ David B

    You notice that the header pic is also the same as the related article? Starting to see the humor? if not just hop back and forth between this post and the one about Mortensen quitting. Flip-book effect.

  11. I thought I finished grammar school like 5000 years ago! :-)

    Great news! We need to keep the good actors around, since Hollywood wants rappers to lower the bar on movies.

  12. And Jordi…shouldn’t your name be Geordi? And where’s your visor? :-D