Viggo Mortensen Faces Financing Challenges for Next Film

Actor Viggo Mortensen, known for his roles in films such as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has encountered difficulties in securing financing for his next film project. Mortensen, who made his directorial debut with “Falling” in 2020 and recently released the romantic Western “The Dead Don’t Hurt,” shared his struggles in a recent interview with Variety.

Mortensen expressed that his next film idea, which focuses on indigenous languages and lacks white characters or movie stars, is facing challenges in finding financial support. Despite his proven track record as a director, Mortensen believes that the conservative nature of those who invest in films makes it harder for him to retain creative control.

In the interview, Mortensen mentioned his admiration for Kevin Costner’s decision to self-finance his film “Horizon” and even wrote to him to wish him luck. However, Mortensen believes that the film industry should not make it difficult for established filmmakers like himself to secure funding.

He also shared his disappointment with the distribution strategy for the Ron Howard film “Thirteen Lives,” which was supposed to have a wide theatrical release but was instead streamed by Amazon after the company acquired MGM. Mortensen considers it one of Howard’s best movies and believes that without significant financial backing, it is challenging for smaller films to gain recognition.

Mortensen expressed his hope that his latest film, “The Dead Don’t Hurt,” featuring actress Vicky Krieps, receives awards recognition, particularly for Krieps’ performance. However, he acknowledged the difficulties of promoting a film without the support of a large enterprise with substantial resources.

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