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Viggo's Hidalgo poster

10.22.2003

Touchstone Pictures was cool enough to give us the first look at one of their films from next year called HIDALGO which stars a man who many know by the name of Aragorn, some know by the nickname of "great hair" and everyone recognizes as Viggo Mortensen! For anyone who hasn't discovered this jewel of a man yet, for one...check out the poster below and for two, rent any of his previous acting gigs and see what he's all about in anything from THE INDIAN RUNNER to G.I. JANE to A WALK ON THE MOON (co-starring the even lovelier Diane Lane-- his hair's best performance yet!) and the great CRIMSON TIDE. What's more, the man speaks fluent English, Spanish and Danish, paints, writes poetry, is a photographer as well as a jazz musician (the man has 3 CDs out so far and here's his latest published work: "Recent Forgeries")

Everyone together now: WHATTA MAN!!!

But the main point of this write-up isn't to sweat all over him as much as it is to present Touchstone Pictures' poster of his next big film. Incidentally, it's to note that Disney also informed us that the ALAMO POSTER which we believed was the "final one-sheet" was in fact, not the final one. There's one more to come, folks. As for HIDALGO, it's slated to open on March 5th, 2004 and has something to do with:

Based on the true story of the greatest long-distance horse race ever run, “Hidalgo” is an epic action-adventure and one man’s journey of personal redemption. Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire—a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian Desert—was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy Sheik invited an American and his horse to enter the race for the first time. Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the US cavalry who had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik (Omar Sharif) would put this claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world’s greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders—some of whom were determined to prevent the foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse, Hidalgo, attempt the impossible.


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