TIFF fan gets lucky with Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen, a little wet from signing autographs in the rainViggo Mortensen played piano this week in the Sutton Place Hotel lobby while in Toronto for the film festival. He went unnoticed until a Reuters photographer spotted him and began snapping pictures. A crowd of fans began to gather, and one asked what he was playing. He answered, “I don’t know, I just made it up.” Another commented, “I didn’t know you played,” to which he responded, “I didn’t either,” laughing, “I won’t quit my day job.” That evening, Mortensen attended the premiere of his second film at the festival, Good, at the Winter Garden Theatre (he also stars in Appaloosa). Despite the pouring rain, he pushed aside a barrier to get to the crowd of fans waiting outside the theater and began signing autographs. Avid Viggo fan Joanne Chu-Fook, knowing Mortensen to be a Montreal Canadiens fan, gave him a Habs pin. “He put it on and continued signing autographs. But then he stopped, turned around to look for me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. It was shocking,” she said with a grin, thrilled by the encounter. Good co-star Jason Isaacs (aka Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) joined Mortensen in the rain to greet fans and both arrived in the theater drenched, in time to be photographed by the media. Click here to watch Tribute’s exclusive TIFF interview with Mortensen.

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  1. Lori • September 12, 2008 @ 8:52 AM

    A gentleman and obviously he appreciates his fans…..exactly why I am his fan.

  2. Ronnie • September 12, 2008 @ 9:51 AM

    I can’t believe I missed that premiere – that coulda been me!

    Next time, Viggo, next time 🙂

  3. Jane Barnes • September 12, 2008 @ 9:54 AM

    At the Appaloosa gala , as the stars came doen off the stage to take their seats for the screening, Viggo turned and offered his hand to the only woman on the stage to help her down the stairs 🙂 As they left the theater after the screening, more than once Viggo said, apologetically, “sorry, only one more, I have to catch a plane…” and then he’d sign another couple autographs, pose for a couple more photos and do an interview 🙂 You can NOT help BUT adore this man!! ALOT of people in the business can and should take a cue from Viggo 🙂

  4. L • September 12, 2008 @ 11:59 AM

    He’s such a gent! You just have to love the guy, despite his bad taste in hockey teams

  5. Bubbles • September 12, 2008 @ 1:47 PM

    I thougth he was gay…

  6. Angie • September 12, 2008 @ 4:14 PM

    I heard his nickname is “No Ego Viggo”. His time at TIFF certainly makes that nick ring true. He has always been a fave of mine, esp, in G.I. Jane…..hmmmmmm. big sigh!

  7. елена • September 12, 2008 @ 5:03 PM

    от него исходят доброта,настоящая мужская сила и высокий интеллект.Таких актеров очень мало,он из плеяды выдающихся актеров Голливуда.

  8. Nancy • September 12, 2008 @ 6:21 PM

    Looks like someone borrowed Jo Jo’s jibberish keyboard!! 😀

    Really though, it probably is a good comment. I don’t think there will be many ‘bad’ comments on this article!

  9. Blossom • September 12, 2008 @ 7:04 PM

    Oh, he is sooo dreamy. I was there that night, waiting to catch a glimpse of Colin Firth actually. But since Viggo’s movie was scheduled to be screened first he arrived earlier. It was pouring rain and I honestly didn’t expect to see much of him. So imagine the surprise when he stepped out of the limo, asked the police to open the barricade and then proceeded run across yonge street to take pics and sign autographs. I was so shocked and thrilled and got some great pics! I wish more celebrities would be as gracious as he was that night!

  10. Katarina • September 12, 2008 @ 9:37 PM

    Bravo, Elena :O) I can still read Russian. Yes, Nancy, it was a good comment.

  11. Nancy • September 13, 2008 @ 12:58 AM

    Please translate for me Katarina. Honestly, I’m curious! I have stared at it for like 5 minutes trying to figure it out and I think I made out the word ‘hero’…LOL

  12. Rachael • September 13, 2008 @ 9:16 AM

    Aw, he’s so sweet. I wish I was able to attend TIFF.

  13. Elena • September 13, 2008 @ 8:25 PM

    It’s something like: He emanates kindness, this man has power and a high intellect. He’s an A-list actor and does more for his fans than lesser actors.

  14. Anonymous • September 13, 2008 @ 10:43 PM

    So nice to see gentlemen still exist

  15. Suneagle • September 13, 2008 @ 10:51 PM

    Suneagle’s Thought..Another reason why I think it should be Illegale to go up to and take pictures of Famous people with out thier concent..There was nothing wrong by going up to this man and saying you play well but the whole crowd breathing the same air? Give the guy some space I’m sure he gets bombarded were ever he goes. The guy was trying to relaxe. Yes he’s a gentleman & he does alot for his fans but that’s the whole point why does he need to? Why do us fans need anything from him but a smile and a hello. I’m sure it was out of his control, what was he supposed to do yell at his fans & say to them he wants to be alone and play the paino..LOL That would make the front page..No respect I thought Toronto was better than that..Oh well..

  16. Anonymous • September 13, 2008 @ 11:50 PM

    I was lucky enough to be a volunteer at both the Viggo Films (as well as the Colin Firth films, another lovely, giving, gentleman, I might add), and I was so very impressed with how generous Viggo was with his time and self. He actually made both the ingress and egress of his films delayed, as he signed autographs and patiently posed for photos with any and all fan that asked. He sat amidst the audience during the film, was extremely approachable, and very polite, although, as he walked past the hoards of press and screaming fans, he did appear a little startled, like a deer in headlights. His performances in both Appaloosa and Good exemplified his usual authentic, immersed, and brilliant work… his work in GOOD being particularly moving. What a lovely man.

  17. Nancy • September 14, 2008 @ 1:09 AM

    Thank you, Elena. I totally agree!

  18. Jo-Anne. • September 14, 2008 @ 10:29 AM

    Viggo, a class act all the way
    Have liked him all along, this only adds to his appeal

  19. joe • September 15, 2008 @ 5:04 PM

    I hope he dried himself off after being in the rain. We do not want people to catch a cold.

  20. quinn • September 16, 2008 @ 9:34 AM

    I love viggo!!!!!!!!!!!

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