Green Book


With his turn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy playing the soldier Aragorn, as well as his roles in the David Cronenberg films A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007), Viggo Mortensen has come to represent a virile, muscular and violent type of masculinity. In these parts, his body is the center of attention, and seems almost mythical by its ability to endure and cause pain, like an invincible angel of death. Mortensen’s character of Tony Lip Vallelonga in Peter Farrelly’s Green Book — which just won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF — sees the actor come back down to live amongst the mere mortals, with his machismo becoming more pedestrian and realistic as well.