How Mahershala Ali & Viggo Mortensen Bonded Long Before 'Green Book' | Close Up

  • Published on Dec 7, 2018
  • 'Green Book' star Mahershala Ali joins Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about meeting Viggo Mortensen before knowing they were going to work together, his fears in portraying Dr. Don Shirley, and more.
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Comments • 167

  • Michael Bruchas
    Michael Bruchas 16 hours ago

    Great bit.

  • Bjon Troy
    Bjon Troy 16 days ago

    Chadwick doesn't look 41 at all

  • Just Aria
    Just Aria 25 days ago

    Tchalla what are you doing?

  • iamunique1
    iamunique1 Month ago

    that voice change, maaaan. Skills!!

  • WildwoodClaire1
    WildwoodClaire1 Month ago

    It's unfortunate that this film has been the target of ludicrous attacks by the perpetually aggrieved and "me too" plastic liberals. It's a technically proficient, well-acted, enjoyable movie. It would not be my pick for best film of the year, but it's a worthy effort.

    HOSS_PLAYS __ Month ago

    So you’re telling me that’s not John Stewart and Blade rolled into one?

  • DaveKarl
    DaveKarl Month ago

    Racists don't like Mahershala. Because he has the mind of an intellectual, combined with the looks of an unapologetic bad-ass. This is too much to take for them. Too many of their stereotypes being challenged.

  • שראל בן משה

    great carisma he has... love how everyone pays close attention to everything he says.

  • Mark Silverman
    Mark Silverman Month ago

    Mahershala was remarkable in the movie, oddly they nominated him for Supporting Actor when clearly he was one of the two leads in the film. He won Supporting Actor and deserved to but why wasn't he nominated for Best Actor?

  • A Reha
    A Reha Month ago +1


  • Gregory Blake
    Gregory Blake 2 months ago

    2:07 Chadwick Boseman envys Marhershala Ali's intelligence and persona. Self absorbtion vs. unity of a people. Clearly it shows!

  • Cardelle Cameron
    Cardelle Cameron 2 months ago

    I'm a Mahershala fan. I loved this film but it wreaked of white saviour shit; the racist lowlife works with the brilliant but weak black man, saves his life on numerous occasions and then is less racist in the end. When I came to that realisation, it sucked because I really loved this film.
    In real life the greenbook mapped out where black people could go and where they shouldn't as a matter of life and death. This film could have fleshed that out and taught people more about American history, but it didn't. Damn!!!

  • Michael Holmgaard
    Michael Holmgaard 2 months ago +1

    Viggo Mortensen is just so talented and interesting. One of the finest actors out there, and there is no Hollywood bs with him ;)

  • Selki Yang
    Selki Yang 2 months ago

    This will get the best pic in Academy

  • Elijah cesspoole
    Elijah cesspoole 2 months ago

    It´s too bad he made a bunch right career choices only to blow by converting to islam. Islam is a disgusting ideology. I thought he was smarter than that. I guess I was wrong.

    • Zakariah -Tube
      Zakariah -Tube Month ago

      Racits and hatefull person be worry your life ... he's muslim and proud of

  • TD Immanuel
    TD Immanuel 2 months ago

    I watched Green Book last night what a sublime film. As for Mahershala this guy is a supreme Denzel like talent. And the way he talks about his craft wow!! 👏🏾

  • Petra Zed
    Petra Zed 2 months ago

    Before watching this I never really gave much thought as to the ratio of work required in researching and building a character ready for the camera. These actors did a tremendous job in Green Book, I loved the film and I look forward to watching Mr Ali and Mr Mortensen many more times. Directors should be forming a queue to hire them.

  • Alexis Newell
    Alexis Newell 2 months ago

    Mahersharla and Viggo wonderful wonderful amazing human beings and the GREEN BOOK FABULOUS and Kodos to you special men ❤💫😍

  • mrslebowski
    mrslebowski 2 months ago +2

    Mahershala Ali is one of the best actors I have ever seen.

  • deni sherlock
    deni sherlock 2 months ago

    Look at that round table, so many great talent

  • neaAkuma
    neaAkuma 2 months ago

    Cottonmouth Stokes, Logan, Aragorn and T'Challa walk into a bar....

    KRAFT PUNK 2 months ago +1

    Bruh, his top fade is freeeeesssshhhh.

  • Gonzalo Bernal
    Gonzalo Bernal 2 months ago

    This will take your best and possibly might change how people see.
    I think you were born for this role

  • LiS Wright
    LiS Wright 2 months ago

    That movie was great. A great Americana movie.

  • Beverley Reid
    Beverley Reid 2 months ago

    Good old Cottonmouth!!!

  • Allaijah Mariah
    Allaijah Mariah 2 months ago +1

    He should be on luke cage again

    BUSHIDO of FAITH 2 months ago

    I respect the man this man played, an I respect this man for the job he did playing the man that I respect. I like the line in the movie genius is not enough you need courage to do what he did! And where he did it!

  • Ynot Egg
    Ynot Egg 2 months ago


  • Heather Thompson
    Heather Thompson 3 months ago +3

    Mahershala Ali could play a phone book and I'd watch it. He's exceptional! Loved him in 'House of Cards'. Loved him in 'Moonlight' and loving him in 'True Detective' season 3.

  • Galactic123
    Galactic123 3 months ago

    Where is this entire roundtable video?

  • Monika Mylonopoyloy
    Monika Mylonopoyloy 3 months ago

    What a gem of an artist this man is! All of them around this table!

  • M4R
    M4R 3 months ago

    Great actors, legends both past and futureproof, both intellectuals. their on a differ ent lvl with the rest

  • Bryan Parks
    Bryan Parks 3 months ago

    💯💯 Great interview.... Visit my page for my new short film!

  • M.L. Soll
    M.L. Soll 3 months ago +17

    My love for Viggo knows no bounds

  • Ord Grill
    Ord Grill 3 months ago

    He is so elegant and well put.

  • Bradford McDermott
    Bradford McDermott 3 months ago

    Lou gossit jr.'s son?

    • TheEmadia
      TheEmadia 2 months ago

      Why? Nothing like each other.

  • YesGregYes
    YesGregYes 3 months ago +18

    "He doesn't need to go on this journey. He chooses to go on this journey." There's a quiet heroism in Don Shirley. I loved this movie so much.

  • ladytenor9876
    ladytenor9876 3 months ago


  • Caleb DesJardins
    Caleb DesJardins 3 months ago +2

    Mahershala has quickly become one of my favorite actors

  • justgivemethetruth
    justgivemethetruth 3 months ago

    Looking back on this movie, that i really liked, there part I thought was kind of pushy, or preachy, or too much, or a lecture ... just too politically correct was Don Shirley's sexual issues. It clouded out the issue of what the movie was really about instead of making it better. It did not make the movie bad, I still liked it a lot and think it is the best movie of the year. I am a sucker for a movie with a strong moral story and integrity, and without gratuitous violence or special effects. I like those too, I like all kinds of movies, but to me the real art of movies is in great meaningful stories like "Green Book".
    I mean, you know the guy is black, and they get chintzy on showing us how such a character can grow up black like this ... so that is bad enough, but then they just spring his gayness on us out of the blue, and never really touch it again, except to just say it doesn't matter. That is reasonable, politically correct, but gayness is a thing, it is part of the story, and when you bring it up you should find a way to say something about it other than, nothing to see here audience, The Tony the Lip says he's OK, so we should blindly follow his gut feeling?
    Then there was the whole stealing that guy's hat that never really got explained, or maybe I just missed something.

  • s xu
    s xu 3 months ago

    Viggo is going to win an oscar for green book!

  • Sebastian Baeza
    Sebastian Baeza 4 months ago

    Every actor i absolutely love!!

  • Yuki Kobayashi
    Yuki Kobayashi 4 months ago +4

    cottonmouth & black panther.

  • Gabriel
    Gabriel 4 months ago +17

    Mahershala Ali is talented, dedicaded, well-spoken, smart and an elegant man. How many of these we have lost because of racism? How many could have contributed and change the history of art but wasn't allowed to make it? Thinking about that always makes me sad, but i feel glad that this is changing.

  • aisha ä
    aisha ä 4 months ago

    chadwick's responses are so cute haha I LOVE THIS ROUNDTABLE

  • Brian  King
    Brian King 4 months ago +4

    Mahershala Ali=An enigmatic presence personified!

  • Useless Information
    Useless Information 4 months ago +2

    Two wonderful actors. Cant wait to see this movie!!

  • Hayes Moses
    Hayes Moses 4 months ago +3

    I think Mahershala Ali is one of the most brilliant actors working today. Love his work. That said, I saw the documentary of Dr. Shirley after having viewed Green Book and was shocked about his choices in portraying him. I'm glad he addressed his decision to not employ Dr. Shirley's high-pitched voice but feel it robbed the audience of dealing with the truth of who Dr. Shirley was as an obviously gay man living in the '60's. But that's Hollywood for ya...

  • Ty Warren
    Ty Warren 4 months ago +2

    The Green Book was a Good movie

  • Aegon Targaryen
    Aegon Targaryen 4 months ago +1

    He just ACTED in answering the question mind on 🔥. Viggo is bea “ A History of Violence” is one of my all time favorite ❤️❤️❤️

  • Hurbii
    Hurbii 4 months ago

    it's impossible to not like viggo haha

  • afro symphony
    afro symphony 4 months ago


  • The Haven
    The Haven 4 months ago +3

    Mahershala Ali is a magnificent actor. Love this brother.
    All of these guys here are great actors as well.

  • Anirudh Sarma
    Anirudh Sarma 4 months ago

    what is Chadwick doing on this table

  • Dee V
    Dee V 4 months ago

    What the hell is Black Panther doing there? Dude looks like he's still in character. Maahersela Ali is a real & masterful actor. So chill out, Black Panther and you black so-called actors out there. Learn from the master.

  • razer354
    razer354 4 months ago

    hiero imperium

  • non ya
    non ya 4 months ago +2

    He needs to play a villain in black panther or the marvel universe.

    • Tim Ferguson
      Tim Ferguson 3 months ago

      +MADK 27 I thought Wonder Woman and Aquaman did pretty well. They just need different directors on the other movies.

    • MADK 27
      MADK 27 3 months ago

      Nah fuck that he needs to join DC once they reboot this shit they call dceu

  • shatterwood
    shatterwood 4 months ago

    the gold(?) lav mic on Chadwick looks lux as fuck

  • Mister X
    Mister X 4 months ago +1

    THIS MAN is gonna be the main actor in the 3rd season of True Detective!!!

  • Ms. Dani
    Ms. Dani 4 months ago +6

    I would be in a trance if I had to listen to Mahershala Ali speak everyday! #LAWWWD 😍😍😍😍

  • Omar Correa
    Omar Correa 4 months ago

    I hope all these single snippets aren't their best parts from the full video.

  • HovaNirvana
    HovaNirvana 4 months ago +12

    I genuinely enjoy listening to this man talk.

  • Megan
    Megan 4 months ago

    I fucking love Mahershala Ali so much.

  • Nelson Gonzalez
    Nelson Gonzalez 4 months ago +7

    Really looking forward to seeing “The Green Book”. Ali looks impeccable as Dr Don Shirley and Viggo looks just fantastic as an Italian heavy, the muscle with the hustle!

  • justgivemethetruth
    justgivemethetruth 4 months ago +1

    After seeing this movie, what I wanted to know is who the hell was playing the piano ... it was really amazing!?

  • justgivemethetruth
    justgivemethetruth 4 months ago

    I really liked this movie, and the story. The actors did a great job in it, but I get weary of the BS they do like this to sell the movie. It's interesting, but the movie should say it all, the actors are less relevant to that than they writers, but we never hear from them, huh?

    • justgivemethetruth
      justgivemethetruth 3 months ago

      +fay guled
      yeah, in their imagination, but the part was written and is representative of the writer's imagination and talent, and the director too of course. there are actors that add depth to the story, and I would not call that irrelevant, but it is also arguable how much is really intentional from the actor, or how much is the audiences' perception. For instance, John Wayne, the great Western actor, pretty much always played the same guy. They called him a great actor for doing that, and who am I to argue, but to me it indicates that the acting is not a real skill or talent like track or field, or architecture or a skill like that, it is often just about looks or mannerisms.

    • fay guled
      fay guled 3 months ago

      Well actors get to go inside the mind of the character they are playing and incredible actors get so invested into their characters they try to play it fully, so their input is not irrelevant.

  • myaukat
    myaukat 4 months ago +1

    where can i find the whole full interview of this session? this channel doesn't seem to have it..

  • M. P.
    M. P. 4 months ago +13

    Mahershala Ali, an amazing talent; a class act!!!! 😘😘

  • Aaron Mijail Herrera Castro

    *Ali is one of the new great talents in acting, but the funny thing is that for more of the people he's recognized for been the villain in DareDevil Netflix series*

    • Nostalgic Bliss
      Nostalgic Bliss 3 months ago +1

      He was in Luke Cage. The best part of the first season of that show.

  • Isa P
    Isa P 4 months ago

    Magershala surely knows how to pick a movie to be in

  • Herb Spencer
    Herb Spencer 4 months ago +42

    Both lead actors in Green Book deserve the Best-Actor award.

  • Danielle
    Danielle 4 months ago +1

    This episode is going to be so good. 😩

  • Shaquanna Stevens
    Shaquanna Stevens 4 months ago +168

    I love Mahershala so much. I need Hollywood to really give him some leading man roles. His voice, stature, and grace are exquisite

    • Connie Tsim
      Connie Tsim Month ago

      Shaquanna Stevens can’t agree more

    • Rob G
      Rob G 3 months ago +2

      True Detective Season 3, Mahershala is the lead.

    • R.A.s Reviews
      R.A.s Reviews 3 months ago

      Nostalgic Bliss he’s already a marvel character!

    • Nostalgic Bliss
      Nostalgic Bliss 3 months ago +2

      This man was made to play Blade. I know it's just a comic book character, but he will so slay that role that it is not even funny.

    • al zolez
      al zolez 4 months ago +3

      My opinion may not mean much but Mahershala may just be the single most talented actor I've seen since Daniel Day Lewis. Loved Mahershala since I first saw him on House of Cards.

  • apples 88
    apples 88 4 months ago

    Why is Ali’s eye red in the thumbnail

  • Chann223
    Chann223 4 months ago +5

    I can see Mahershala as the next Blade. What does everyone else think?

  • Adinett Nsabimana
    Adinett Nsabimana 4 months ago +4

    I think we FOUND THE NEW BLADE!!!!! Yes sir. love the new hair cut. We are like twins.

  • Mo B
    Mo B 4 months ago +11

    Where is the entire interview?

  • Dream Factory
    Dream Factory 4 months ago +95

    It's so nice to see Viggo on the table. He has an incredible body of work. He does one film in a while but each film of his is so important. Highest regards for him. Since LOTR.

    • Aset Bilibaev
      Aset Bilibaev Month ago

      exactly. Great fantasy film. Check. Great post-apocalypse movie. Check. Great biopic drama. Check

  • Mia7189
    Mia7189 4 months ago +16

    Two excellent actors. Can't wait to see 'Green Book'.

  • Urban Eve
    Urban Eve 4 months ago +269

    Mahershala could get me to go see anything.A true lover of his craft and colleagues.

    • Allister Tenpenny
      Allister Tenpenny 2 months ago

      You can tell he's well educated in the craft

    • V B
      V B 3 months ago

      I guess you should watch True Detective sn3

  • Daniel Victor
    Daniel Victor 4 months ago +32

    The fact that a actors not seeing their families is so normalized is... weird to me.
    And I don't blame the actors, but Hollywood needs to be aware that 16 hours of work a day is just not healthy. Specially for the crew of workers that don't get that much money.

    • Sweet Karma
      Sweet Karma 4 months ago +4

      +bigsnap5 To be fair Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg are masters of the art lol they walk in and know instantly what they want and where they want it... That's not something most directors can do without thinking about it

    • Daniel Victor
      Daniel Victor 4 months ago +5

      +bigsnap5 Hey, great to read the point of view of someone who works there! I really hope this problem will be something that gets more attention in the years to come.

    • bigsnap5
      bigsnap5 4 months ago +14

      As someone who works in the business amen to that Brother. On the very few projects that work decent hours it comes from the top. Usually the director or Lead Actor. Spike Lee does 8 hour days. I hear Speilberg works light days as well. That's because they have lives outside of work and when they get to set they are prepared and know what they want. I wish more directors and or lead actors would make more of an effort to make sure reasonable hours are the norm and crazy hours are the rare exception.

  • Natalya
    Natalya 4 months ago

    I didn't get to hear any thought expressed to its conclusion because this fucking asshole interviewer just won't stop interrupting!

  • megha singh
    megha singh 4 months ago +86

    Viggo Mortensen 😍 He's simply amazing. So eloquent, so handsome...

    • Enoch Hsu
      Enoch Hsu 2 months ago +1

      Steifrost Aisblasti he is, King of Gonder!

    • Steifrost Aisblasti
      Steifrost Aisblasti 4 months ago +8

      He should be king

    • megha singh
      megha singh 4 months ago +13

      +Dream Factory he's the ultimate dude. Hunks will come and go, but his eloquence, charm and personality will be just unbeaten.

    • Dream Factory
      Dream Factory 4 months ago +8

      I have admired him for more than 15 years now.

  • grapes9h5
    grapes9h5 4 months ago +29

    This is a real artist here

  • Eyou 1000
    Eyou 1000 4 months ago +8

    Blade reboot

    • Josh Allen
      Josh Allen 2 months ago

      Fuck up

    • Dineen Serpa
      Dineen Serpa 4 months ago

      Someone else said that. Mahershala has more of a quiet intensity. Michael B. Jordan has more of Wesley Snipes' bravado and physicality.

    • Bar San
      Bar San 4 months ago

      Ali is too skinny

  • Philippe Hunt
    Philippe Hunt 4 months ago +28

    Mahershala is so brilliant in Greenbook, better than he was in moonlight. There will be no reason he doesn’t win the Oscar

  • Hena Ghaznavi
    Hena Ghaznavi 4 months ago +110

    Did someone tell Galloway to chill? I was so used to him interrupting I was confused for a second.

    • Stephano Digiorgio
      Stephano Digiorgio 3 months ago +3

      Woooorddddd hahaha like fo real! he has like a sixth sense to cut off ppl like almost on cue when an artist is already elaborating a proper insightfull answer to a question he be like "but you this or did you that" broo fo real! hahaha

    • Hena Ghaznavi
      Hena Ghaznavi 4 months ago +5

      Victor K. They’ve always uploaded small segments first then later lost the full version.

    • moldypizza
      moldypizza 4 months ago +19

      lol don't jinx it

  • D. Foxx
    D. Foxx 4 months ago +87

    Richard Grant sitting over there looking like a charismatic villain lmao

    • Abraham Olayinka
      Abraham Olayinka 28 days ago


    • Lol Lol
      Lol Lol Month ago

      This is so true

    • D. Foxx
      D. Foxx 4 months ago +1

      Oliver4 Elio haha yeah I know

    • Oliver4 Elio
      Oliver4 Elio 4 months ago +1

      It's the coat hes wearing gives that impression.

    • D. Foxx
      D. Foxx 4 months ago +2

      justgivemethetruth lol yeah...what movie? These actors are from several different movies lol

  • Ana Matias
    Ana Matias 4 months ago +22

    His voice is so amazing!!!

  • Sharrod Stewart
    Sharrod Stewart 4 months ago +63

    Hoping Mahershala gets his second win because he had even more to offer this time.

    • Sharrod Stewart
      Sharrod Stewart Month ago

      V B He won! :D

    • nick
      nick Month ago +1

      I hope he gets his second and Viggo gets his first.

    • DK
      DK 4 months ago +6

      Victor K. It doesn’t matter. Mahershala Ali is the front runner and he will win his second Oscar

    • V B
      V B 4 months ago +1

      Nah, there are some other repeat nominees that need a chance

  • Megan Hughes
    Megan Hughes 4 months ago +37

    Viggo ugh I'd marry him.

    • Dineen Serpa
      Dineen Serpa 4 months ago

      Since Indian Runner for me.

    • Kaffekaffe Kaffe
      Kaffekaffe Kaffe 4 months ago +3

      I would also marry him, what a man...🤤

    • Mia7189
      Mia7189 4 months ago +4

      Megan Hughes Line forms behind me, Megan. I've been crushing on him since ' GI Jane'

  • Wynton Mohorn
    Wynton Mohorn 4 months ago +61

    Gotta love Mahershala Ali & every actor who truly act because they love the work & not the paycheck. 👊👏👏👏

  • 4 CZNZ
    4 CZNZ 4 months ago +35

    In the thumbnail he looks like a younger Wesley about we get a remake/continuation of the Blade series...

    • Viv Foxx
      Viv Foxx 3 months ago

      Never noticed it till u mentioned it...🤔

    • Danielle
      Danielle 4 months ago +2

      That’s a waste of talent

    • sab walkswithpurpose
      sab walkswithpurpose 4 months ago +3

      +Joe McKim Because, why would he wanna work out and diet for over a year? Not enough money is worth all that unless you're young and hungry...Blade is a young man's role...for someone young and hungry to prove themselves. MA has won ACTING nominations and awards. If he did this and his agent was against it I would quit as his agent. If his agent recommended he took Blade I would fire the agent! Ask Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Jai White and any number of other actors that transitioned to major acting franchises. These guys, for the most part were in their early 30's when they did these roles. MA is in his early 40's! Come on now! Think about it.

    • 4 CZNZ
      4 CZNZ 4 months ago

      +Joe McKim why?

    • Joe McKim
      Joe McKim 4 months ago +5

      Mahershala would be wasting his time with a series like Blade.

  • Kaffekaffe Kaffe
    Kaffekaffe Kaffe 4 months ago +24

    Viggo 😍🔥👏✌️

    • Kev Low
      Kev Low 4 months ago +3

      Fantastic actor and sexy man.

  • Connoralpha
    Connoralpha 4 months ago +193

    It is awesome to watch Ali command a room. Even Galloway stopped interrupting for a minute.

    • leah m
      leah m 8 days ago

      only the king mahershala can hold back stephen galloway

    • Nykimah Grissom
      Nykimah Grissom Month ago

      Aquarians always know how to command a room

    • Anthony
      Anthony 4 months ago

      gunnyo50 damn near 2 decades

    • Steifrost Aisblasti
      Steifrost Aisblasti 4 months ago +2

      That is quite the accomplishment

    • Isa P
      Isa P 4 months ago +3

      It actually seems that gallowey didn’t interrupt at this round table in general, as of the other videos show

  • Guiltysimpson
    Guiltysimpson 4 months ago +327

    That is an impeccably tight and Well trimmed High top fade.

      MAGAMAN 26 days ago

      He looks like an african dictator

    • Harmony Rocourt
      Harmony Rocourt Month ago

      +KneelBeforeZak nope not kidding. That's all him

    • KneelBeforeZak
      KneelBeforeZak Month ago

      +Harmony Rocourt You're not even kidding!?! He's been cutting his hair since he was 12! What a legend

    • Harmony Rocourt
      Harmony Rocourt Month ago +2

      +KneelBeforeZak he does. I have to find the interview. But he says he cuts his own hair. He actually a barbar in college.

    • KneelBeforeZak
      KneelBeforeZak Month ago +1

      +Harmony Rocourt I refuse to believe he did that himself. That's god level