Gangster, killer, Aragorn … Mortensen is not known for his comedy. But in new film Captain Fantastic, his grizzled deadpan is the funniest thing in a very funny film. But get him on to politics and prima donna colleagues, and he is deadly serious
Viggo Mortensen has just been on This Morning. Before his slot on the breakfast show, the actor sat backstage watching hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford present an item about children crying on planes. Feeling playful, he began his interview by saying he liked to scream on planes himself. Kids, he said, asked him to be quiet. There was a dilated moment of live TV silence. Eventually, the uncertain laughter of Holmes filled the studio. But its OK, Mortensen went on, because I always wear a helmet when I fly.
He is still in the slick dark suit he wore for TV. He looks rueful. It probably wasnt the right thing to say. The helmet thing. The presenters, he says, were baffled. I think people dont expect me to make jokes.