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Viggo Mortensen replaces Christoph Waltz as Sigmund Freud in The Talking Cure

03.09.2010

When Christoph Waltz took the role as the psychotic wife beater in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, he had to drop out of the role of Sigmund Freud for David Cronenberg's THE TALKING CURE.

Waltz's departure left the producers in a rush for a replacement. Well, they found it in Viggo Mortensen.

Before they locked Mortensen, they were scared production on the film would be closed indefinitely. One of the filmmakers told Deadline, “You’d have thought Waltz wouldn’t want to be typecast as a sadist." Mortensen was apparently more than happy to take the role, since he and Cronenberg had worked so well together on EASTERN PROMISES.

In the film, which is adapted from the play of the same name by Christopher Hampton, Freud (Mortensen) takes on pupil Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). When Jung has an affair with a troubled young woman (Keira Knightley) who is also his patient, Freud disapproves. The producers informed Deadline that there would be a lot of "spirited sex scenes" between Fassbender and Knightley.

Extra Tidbit: David Cronenberg was set to direct TOTAL RECALL at one point. He even wrote a few drafts of the script before Paul Verhoeven took over.
Source: Deadline

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5:17AM on 03/10/2010
Great role for Mortensen. Oscar buzz for next year?
Great role for Mortensen. Oscar buzz for next year?
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4:26AM on 03/10/2010
Not a bad replacement
Not a bad replacement
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2:37AM on 03/10/2010
Damn I was excited to see Christoph in a Cronenberg film but Viggo is a good replacement. Looking forward to this ... although wasn't Viggo done with acting lol
Damn I was excited to see Christoph in a Cronenberg film but Viggo is a good replacement. Looking forward to this ... although wasn't Viggo done with acting lol
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1:38AM on 03/10/2010

re: extra tidbit

Yes, and Minority Report was originally intended to be a sequel to Total Recall.
Yes, and Minority Report was originally intended to be a sequel to Total Recall.
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1:29AM on 03/10/2010
Best team up since Leo/Deniro with Scorscese
Best team up since Leo/Deniro with Scorscese
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12:17AM on 03/10/2010

Old Skool Cronenberg

I wish this was being made by the old Cronenberg. A psychiatrist who sees phalluses in everything? Right up David's alley. :) He'd have Rob Bottin or Rick Baker making creepy prosthetic wieners poking out of everything. Lots of Videodrome and Naked Lunch imagery.
I wish this was being made by the old Cronenberg. A psychiatrist who sees phalluses in everything? Right up David's alley. :) He'd have Rob Bottin or Rick Baker making creepy prosthetic wieners poking out of everything. Lots of Videodrome and Naked Lunch imagery.
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9:14PM on 03/09/2010

sweet

ARAGON!!!
ARAGON!!!
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8:26PM on 03/09/2010

Viggo versus Waltz?

May we all have decisions as tough as this. Either way, we win.

And yes, I would have loved to have seen Total Recall directed by David Cronenberg. Would have seriously kicked ass.
May we all have decisions as tough as this. Either way, we win.

And yes, I would have loved to have seen Total Recall directed by David Cronenberg. Would have seriously kicked ass.
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8:24PM on 03/09/2010
thumbs up
thumbs up
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8:18PM on 03/09/2010

DAMMIT!

I was really looking forward to Waltz being Sigmund Freud.

But any time Viggo and Cronenberg get together it's gold. Perhaps my favorite actor-director team around.

Sounds though like someone was a bit sore about Waltz leaving. And I thought that's what that beard was all about.
I was really looking forward to Waltz being Sigmund Freud.

But any time Viggo and Cronenberg get together it's gold. Perhaps my favorite actor-director team around.

Sounds though like someone was a bit sore about Waltz leaving. And I thought that's what that beard was all about.
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8:09PM on 03/09/2010

Cool

If anyone was to replace Waltz in this film I can't think of anyone better than Viggo Mortensen.
If anyone was to replace Waltz in this film I can't think of anyone better than Viggo Mortensen.
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8:03PM on 03/09/2010
I would of really liked to see Waltz as Freud. They should make a movie on John Watson. He was an asshole, but also contributed a lot to the field.
I would of really liked to see Waltz as Freud. They should make a movie on John Watson. He was an asshole, but also contributed a lot to the field.
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7:51PM on 03/09/2010
as interesting as the idea of waltz working with cronenberg was, the films hes done with viggo have been his best work in years. i like how they kind of have a scorsese/deniro scott/crowe thing going.
as interesting as the idea of waltz working with cronenberg was, the films hes done with viggo have been his best work in years. i like how they kind of have a scorsese/deniro scott/crowe thing going.
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7:30PM on 03/09/2010
Yay for spirited sex scenes with Keira Knightley!

And since it's Cronenberg, I'm sure the movie will be great, too.
Yay for spirited sex scenes with Keira Knightley!

And since it's Cronenberg, I'm sure the movie will be great, too.
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7:21PM on 03/09/2010
I'm a psych major so i am interested in this simply for the psychology of it. Freud and Jung may not be the big players anymore, but they made their mark!
I'm a psych major so i am interested in this simply for the psychology of it. Freud and Jung may not be the big players anymore, but they made their mark!
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7:50PM on 03/09/2010
Change your major and go into something you can actually get a decent job with a Bachelor's. I wish I listened to that advice...
Change your major and go into something you can actually get a decent job with a Bachelor's. I wish I listened to that advice...
7:18PM on 03/09/2010

Yes!

Mortensen and Cronenberg back together again, good news!
Mortensen and Cronenberg back together again, good news!
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