Viggo Mortensen on 'Green Book' and the fight against racism

  • Published on Jan 8, 2019
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    His latest film, "Green Book", just scooped three awards at the Golden Globes. It recounts the true story of the white chauffeur who accompanied a celebrated black musician on a tour of America's segregated southern states. From a small-town guy with a very dark past in "A History of Violence" to the fantasy fictional king of the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Viggo Mortensen has long been applauded for bringing social, political and psychological complexity to his roles.
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Comments • 87

  • vinnie ng
    vinnie ng Month ago

    This movie is beautiful, id recommend it to everyone

  • futurestoryteller
    futurestoryteller Month ago

    Viggo Mortensen could run for president of the United States... just sayin

  • duke silver
    duke silver Month ago

    Racisim is never going to end. Ever. All you can do is police peoples thoughts and words then all you have is fascism.

  • JamieZarr
    JamieZarr Month ago

    Wait a minute! There are people who don't like other people when their skin colour is different... ? You must be joking, right?

  • Statelesslife Unconventional Art Channel

    Such a Great movie, my mother lived it, but sadly, here in Italy you can still sense that kinda hostility, also, amongst friends!

  • amy clarke
    amy clarke Month ago

    film of the year😁

  • Jennie Chen
    Jennie Chen Month ago +1

    Best movie for years!

  • Danetto
    Danetto Month ago +1

    1960 usa... 2020 india... Nazi ppl stay nazi ppl cant do much about it lol

  • skojig oquist
    skojig oquist Month ago +1

    Come on people.
    The usa is STILL segregated.
    What is this about?

  • tomoko nagamatsu
    tomoko nagamatsu Month ago +2

    I wonder why Virgo didn’t get the Oscar.
    I love Tony character acted by Virgo!!

  • Kelli Elaine
    Kelli Elaine Month ago +3

    Loved Viggo in A Walk on the Moon, Captain Fantastic and in this masterpiece.

  • niacal4nia
    niacal4nia Month ago +8

    Trump should get a job as a driver.

  • George Moraes
    George Moraes Month ago +1

    Indústria armamentos é número um making money. Indústria lazer é a segunda. Cinema, teatro, shows em geral é a segunda. Pornografia é a terceira. By the way, não apenas vitimismo da cor da pele mas também da origem. Os espanhóis da América Latina são outros que vivem como vítimas nos EUA. Os EUA não aguentam tantos indo pra lá. Vitimismo é um filão prá making money. Money! Money! Money! Money!

  • George Moraes
    George Moraes Month ago +1

    Racismo! Racismo! Racismo! Quando é que esta coisa vai acabar? Quando? Parece que é um bom filão principalmente nos EUA. Os e as negras vivem num constante vitimismo. Nunca vão suplantar isso? Certa feita um americano típico chegou para mim e foi educado e categórico dizendo que se os negros e negras nos EUA quiserem ir embora ele não impediria. Agora com tantas "invasões" de estrangeiros e estrangeiras nos ou aos EUA é impossível controlar tanto vitimismo. Só Deus. Boa noite do Brasil.

    • Bruno Sangiorgio
      Bruno Sangiorgio Month ago

      Se você usasse seu tempo e energia pra pesquisar sobre a morte de negros e o racismo que ainda existe hoje talvez não estivesse falando tanta merda. Os negros não querem ir embora dos estados unidos, eles só querem que o país que eles nasceram não tratem eles que nem merda.

    • DeanA
      DeanA Month ago +1

      Brazil ever had a black president ? Black people have businesses and are educated in Brazil. US is racist and Brazil probably more so.

  • Marianne Armstrong
    Marianne Armstrong Month ago +1

    My favorite actor, love all his movies, Glad that Green Book won.

  • Ric Ferr
    Ric Ferr Month ago +5

    Incredible as he shows his accent from Denmark uot of the screen, but never shows any signs of it when he acts in any film he makes.

  • Andrew Robertson
    Andrew Robertson Month ago +2

    a thoroughly deserved Oscar for Green book it really is a wonderful movie ,the unlikely friendship that developed between Tony and Don was in turn hilarious .tough poignant; and in the end utterly heartwarming and in the end irrestible . the world for African Americans in 1962 was very difficult even for one as cultured and successful as Don Shirley. it goes to show you can make a movie highlighting racism without being angrily bashed over the head about it .. all in all if you want a thoroughly satisfying movie with two brilliant actors at the top of their form go and see Green Book

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle Month ago

      Yes I agree, I saw the trailer and thought I'd give this a go. It was much much better than the trailer suggested it would be. A great road story with the developing relationship both a joy and a challenge. Well acted and well conceived is my take. Seems the critics agree..

  • edzmoko
    edzmoko Month ago +4

    he's so brilliant.. I like his way of talking.. bravo Aragorn, son of Arathorn..

  • Neil
    Neil Month ago

    oh no another video all about race and the color of skin......yawn

    HAPPY SATURDAY Month ago +2

    Beautiful story. SAD BUT TRUE. 💚💚💚💚💚

    HAPPY SATURDAY Month ago +1

    💋💋I love this movie. Great job 👍👍

  • Shannon Huber
    Shannon Huber 2 months ago

    I just saw this movie today! Awesome, loved every second. I understand he made a mistake in explaining a "racst" word. In my opinion, forgiving and moving forward is being a kind human being!

    • Jimi strøm
      Jimi strøm Month ago +3

      Shannon Huber he did NOT make a mistake! Haven’t you learned anything??

  • brainsareus
    brainsareus 2 months ago +2

    very very woke man!!

  • T 57'
    T 57' 2 months ago +7

    and the oscar goes to...

  • isaac cotton
    isaac cotton 2 months ago +31

    I'm African-American and not every African-American got mad when he use the word because we understood the context of what he was using the word for I'm a big fan of this man like them in every film he's ever played in and I think both characters were excellent

    • joosiej85
      joosiej85 18 days ago

      ​+Nerd About Dogs sorry I don't agree. Have a nice day :)

    • Nerd About Dogs
      Nerd About Dogs 18 days ago

      +joosiej85 And if you were reading a history book and there was one sentence that said "...and racists used words such as the n word to mock them," but instead of saying the n word they wrote the actual word, I'm sure you wouldn't get offended by the author because it's history and they are describing a horrible thing that happened, not using the word to mock someone themselves. This is a thing that it used to be acceptable to say. Yes it's horrible and ugly, but pretending it never happened won't make it go away.

    • joosiej85
      joosiej85 18 days ago

      +Nerd About Dogs no, I don't think he is the sort of person who says ANYTHING for "shock value". He's not an attention seeker, and he's too smart for that. He wasn't even using it in a "public" interview. And afterwards he apologised to the people who were there, so he clearly knew he'd slipped up. I think he is very passionate about stuff, and it came out by accident. But I don't think that means we can say it was "ok" to say it.

    • Nerd About Dogs
      Nerd About Dogs 18 days ago

      +joosiej85 Or maybe he used it for its shock value because he wanted to get people's attention and make them see the ugliness of it. He wasn't directing the word at anyone and he's obviously not racist.

    • joosiej85
      joosiej85 18 days ago

      +Nerd About Dogs there is no "context" in which it's ok for a white person to use that horrible word. People do not find it offensive because they want an "outrage fix", it's offensive because it's... offensive. There was no reason for him to use that word, end of. He is more than intelligent enough to find a different way to express what he meant.

  • Son Of Songhai
    Son Of Songhai 2 months ago +4

    I like this guy👍🏼

  • Nancy Booboo
    Nancy Booboo 2 months ago +31

    What’s not to love about Viggo ?

    • Donde Merlin
      Donde Merlin Month ago +1

      To many people, those with psychological problems, that he stands for the advancement of the human race.

  • Sandy Newman
    Sandy Newman 2 months ago +2

    Excellent movie!
    I just wish they had shown ONE white person in the South who didn't follow the racist narrative, who didn't see color first. (except the one naked white man in the YMCA shower and the bar owner with the shotgun-he just didn't want any trouble and kicked everyone out). They were out there.

    • Sandy Newman
      Sandy Newman Month ago +1

      I'm sorry you feel that way. I guess I did miss the point if it was to stereotype a whole region.
      Not only did they stereotype Southern whites, but they also stereotyped Southern blacks. The whites either had power and/or social status, the blacks were subservient, unrefined, or open to committing a crime.
      Yes, Viggo's character was changed from his own racist views and saw Dr. Shirley as an individual. I get they wanted you to feel how much Dr. Shirley felt isolated as a talented and educated black man in the early 60s, especially in the South. But gee whiz!!
      Congratulations to Green Book for winning the Academy Award for Best Picture!

    • Jimi strøm
      Jimi strøm Month ago

      Sandy Newman then sadly you missed the point completely

    • megha singh
      megha singh Month ago

      How many southern white people boycotted, protested against, lost their lives against explicitly racist white people? Even if not all simply hated PoC, the simple fact that they just accepted it makes them complicit

    • Sandy Newman
      Sandy Newman 2 months ago

      Since it was snowing, I felt that was illustrating the differences between northern (helpful/protective) and southern (racist/biased) police.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 months ago +4

      The cop who helped them change the tire at the end?

  • alice ore
    alice ore 2 months ago +1

    Que gane el Oscar se lo merece Viggo gran actuación 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • SuperBullaMan
    SuperBullaMan 2 months ago +4

    Mahershala should have been nominate for Best Actor not best supporting Actor. Reminds me Denzel Washington in Philadelphia!

    • Ian Bartle
      Ian Bartle Month ago

      +John Smith That's probably wise - why risk the chance of a double win!

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 months ago

      It's just because the studio doesn't want its 2 actors up against each other..

  • Rosemary Castro Solano
    Rosemary Castro Solano 2 months ago +40

    THIS is an interview with an intellectual who is also socially committed and a true humanist.
    Shame on those who tried to trash him because he used the N-word to refer to its previous use as the most visible trait of racism as opposed to now when - although it is hardly ever said in public - racism is still present despite this apparent political correctness: they couldn't trash him because this is a man of dignity, his and others' who is also very clever and exquisitely educated.
    In brief: Hollywood and social media just do not deserve his class and morals.

    • Luceafarul
      Luceafarul Month ago

      Methadone4Life unfortunately no, crime rates are much higher within the African American community. So it’s very possible that it wasn’t racial prejudice so much as their personal experience with black criminals. Facts are facts and experiences are experiences, and the only way to resolve it is to be open about it. But what your friend showed you is merely one part of the picture, the most mainstream narrative.
      And btw, please show me where trump is racist against black people. He made more jobs for black people than before for decades.

    • Methadone4Life
      Methadone4Life Month ago +2

      Wonderfully put. All racists are must be ignorant to be a racist. Period. No matter what race as all races have racists among them and they are all totally ignorant. Peace people. Treat others the way you want to be treated and you will be surprised at what happens. My best friend is an African American and though I have never, ever been racist, I was still shocked at all the things he opened my eyes to see...the little racist acts that maybe even those people didn;'t realize they were doing. One time we were in a mall and there was a group of elderly white ladies and he was standing closest to them as we were walking side by side, he said watch and amazingly they clutched their purses and changed them to the other arm away from him. So, I said "man they are old bro, we are young men(at the time lol) and that is natural" and he said lets switch sides and make a circle and see what happens when you are closest to them...amazingly enough they absolutely paid no attention and did not move their purse or clutch it any tighter. We did this several times and every time played out perfect. They were playing in to the old stereotype of their generation...truly an eye-opening experience and he showed me so many instances of this. Sadly, with the idiot we have as President today, things are going in reverse and if we don't stop that man we are heading for another civil war of types.

  • ChristianVS
    ChristianVS 2 months ago

    Viggo is class

  • Strider Ocnarf
    Strider Ocnarf 2 months ago +51

    I’m hoping that both Viggo and Mahershala win Oscars

    • Jack Walker
      Jack Walker Month ago

      Mahershala won but Viggo lost to fake teeth and fear of mass backlash.

    • Marley
      Marley Month ago

      They did win

    • Methadone4Life
      Methadone4Life Month ago

      Me too!

  • Sophie Morin
    Sophie Morin 2 months ago +9


  • keith tiong
    keith tiong 2 months ago +3

    Maintain dignity and don't sink to low level with reverse racism

  • Rainbow Bright
    Rainbow Bright 2 months ago +1

    G.I. Jane

  • john smith
    john smith 2 months ago +21

    Best story for any movie of the whole year! 👍

  • Marissa Tamayo
    Marissa Tamayo 3 months ago +65

    GREEN BOOK is the best film of the year 2018. Viggo Mortensen is a wonderful actor.

    • John Smith
      John Smith 2 months ago

      Seems like Rome will win it. GB is second.

    • Dell Stewart
      Dell Stewart 2 months ago +1

      He was superb!

  • Efra Bros
    Efra Bros 3 months ago +40

    The best Américan actor Viggo mortensen

  • d4ydr34m3r420
    d4ydr34m3r420 3 months ago +1

    These are the same Hollywood sleazebags who want to abolish the electoral college and turn us into the United States of California, right?

    • Hugh Walker
      Hugh Walker 2 months ago

      +Bob Murphy Don't be dumb. New York City and Los Angeles by virtue of their populations shouldn't be allowed to dictate policy on all other people of the country.

    • Bob Murphy
      Bob Murphy 2 months ago +4

      Representation by population equals democracy

  • maaz amjad
    maaz amjad 3 months ago +26

    Racism is a curse on mankind!

  • Levy Shillberg
    Levy Shillberg 3 months ago +4

    another jewish crap

  • Sandra mack
    Sandra mack 3 months ago +26

    I love his movies

  • Thomas Wallace
    Thomas Wallace 3 months ago +3

    take a look at South Africa right now if you want to see the future of your racist fear pedaling divide and conquer ideology that is petal to the masses

  • Brian Fuller
    Brian Fuller 3 months ago +42

    Racism is not possible if we actually see people as individuals.

    • Christine Man
      Christine Man 4 days ago

      I feel this movie showed what it's like when you get to know the individual.

    • Statelesslife Unconventional Art Channel
      Statelesslife Unconventional Art Channel Month ago

      Sadly that doesn't happen, especially in Italy where the Fascist ruled for many years......

    • brainsareus
      brainsareus 2 months ago +2

      that's a step, but it needs some more action, too.

  • James Smith
    James Smith 3 months ago

    What kind of name is "Viggo?" Anyone? Anyone? 🤔

    • Claire McDaniel
      Claire McDaniel 2 months ago +6

      His family moved to Venezuela and then Argentina where he learned to speak fluent Spanish. He speaks several languages and currently lives in Spain with his Spanish actress girlfriend. I also like the fact that she is 50 years old. It's rare for male celebrities to date older women, no matter how old they are themselves. Viggo is a rare breed. I adore him.

    • Remnant Soldier
      Remnant Soldier 2 months ago +2

      Scandinavian, specifically, Danish.. he is "

    • A. S.
      A. S. 2 months ago +1

      yes, it is danish... its origin lays with the vikings... he explained it in an interview with letterman i believe...

    • 3 months ago +10

      It's Danish. His father was Danish and it was a common family name.

    • Neel Moudgil
      Neel Moudgil 3 months ago +8

      James Smith the name of a legend