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Viggo Mortensen turned down a role in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight

03.24.2015

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Last fall it was rumored that Viggo Mortensen had met with THE HATEFUL EIGHT director Quentin Tarantino about a role in his new movie, however that was the last we heard of the actor possibly appearing in the Western. Mortensen's JAUJA opened in select theaters last week, and while speaking with Grantland, Mortensen confirmed he auditioned for THE HATEFUL EIGHT. The actor says he had to pass on the part due to scheduling conflicts, and Mortensen also revealed he had auditioned for Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS.

All of last fall, I traveled nonstop. I was on a plane every two days to promote Jauja and Far From Men. I knew as a producer and an actor that I needed to do that for those movies to have a chance to be seen. [Tarantino] wanted to start shooting at the end of the year and do rehearsals before that, and I just couldn’t do that schedulewise. That’s the only reason [I passed]. It would have been really, really fun to work with him. I think he’s really smart and funny. I’d never sat down and talked to him that much, although I did audition for Reservoir Dogs, which he remembered.

Mortensen can't remember which role he read for, but he may have auditioned for two different parts.

I might have auditioned for two. I had fun. I did one take where I made the character Hispanic. I remember it was in this tiny office on the Fox lot, I think, and I read with Harvey Keitel. I wish [The Hateful Eight] would have worked out, but that’s what I’m talking about: You either see these films through to the end or you don’t.

I'm not one to dwell on what could have been, but considering how selective Viggo Mortensen is when it comes to his movie projects (and the fact that he's a straight-up fantastic actor), it's a shame he couldn't fit THE HATEFUL EIGHT into his schedule. I would still love to see the two work together, and hopefully Tarantino will keep Mortensen in mind for any future roles.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT will be in theaters on November 13, 2015.

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1:48AM on 03/25/2015
Now why would anyone turn down a role in a QT film? You see what happened when Will Smith passed on Django. Now Viggo is a far superior actor compared to Smith, but come on man, you could have been in A QT film, even Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't resist.
Now why would anyone turn down a role in a QT film? You see what happened when Will Smith passed on Django. Now Viggo is a far superior actor compared to Smith, but come on man, you could have been in A QT film, even Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio couldn't resist.
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7:44PM on 03/25/2015
Always annoyed when people don't actually READ THE ARTICLE.
Always annoyed when people don't actually READ THE ARTICLE.
10:45PM on 03/25/2015
@Hoylehaw I second that. He tells you why he did in the article. And I will give you a hint, its not because he didn't want to.
@Hoylehaw I second that. He tells you why he did in the article. And I will give you a hint, its not because he didn't want to.
11:02PM on 03/26/2015
Talk about a short attention span. You didn't even read the article.
Talk about a short attention span. You didn't even read the article.
10:20PM on 03/24/2015

wow bad move...

he could've gone down in the pantheon of Tarantino films...kind of lame if you ask me. He's a damn actor, there are a ton of harder professions. Plus, Quentin has been pretty candid about making only a few more films...I love Viggo but this is kind of stupid move.
he could've gone down in the pantheon of Tarantino films...kind of lame if you ask me. He's a damn actor, there are a ton of harder professions. Plus, Quentin has been pretty candid about making only a few more films...I love Viggo but this is kind of stupid move.
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11:00PM on 03/24/2015
did you not GET IT? as a PRODUCER he had to take care of his own film - Jauja - to promote it so others see it. It's a small film that only played in Cannes (and possibly in the festival circuit in general) those films are harder to sell to a larger audience. He had conviction about his own film hence he had to refuse the offer. A case of bad timing, not a bad move.
did you not GET IT? as a PRODUCER he had to take care of his own film - Jauja - to promote it so others see it. It's a small film that only played in Cannes (and possibly in the festival circuit in general) those films are harder to sell to a larger audience. He had conviction about his own film hence he had to refuse the offer. A case of bad timing, not a bad move.
3:51PM on 03/24/2015
Damn. That would of been sweet for real in either film. Mortensen and Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson all need to work for Tarantino maybe on another western where they have to battle some young guns in order to protect a town, that would awesome.
Damn. That would of been sweet for real in either film. Mortensen and Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson all need to work for Tarantino maybe on another western where they have to battle some young guns in order to protect a town, that would awesome.
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12:54PM on 03/24/2015
This would have been awesome.
This would have been awesome.
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10:26AM on 03/24/2015

Hopefully next time

Viggo Mortensen would be as good for Tarantino as he was for Cronenberg, IMO. It's a shame they weren't able to connect for HATEFUL EIGHT; I hope they'll make sure to have their schedules line up when Tarantino does his next film.
Viggo Mortensen would be as good for Tarantino as he was for Cronenberg, IMO. It's a shame they weren't able to connect for HATEFUL EIGHT; I hope they'll make sure to have their schedules line up when Tarantino does his next film.
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10:13AM on 03/24/2015

Really!!

What the hell does he have going for himself, He's only been doing independent stuff for the past decade!! This is a bad idea on his part.
What the hell does he have going for himself, He's only been doing independent stuff for the past decade!! This is a bad idea on his part.
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12:27PM on 03/24/2015
I know, right? He's probably not fabulously wealthy and able to pick and choose what he wants to do for the rest of his life or anything like that.
I know, right? He's probably not fabulously wealthy and able to pick and choose what he wants to do for the rest of his life or anything like that.
2:08PM on 03/24/2015
@Victor Kulak haha exactly. After LOTR, Viggo could probably give away money everyday for the rest of his life and still be rich.
@Victor Kulak haha exactly. After LOTR, Viggo could probably give away money everyday for the rest of his life and still be rich.
9:21AM on 03/24/2015
You have to wonder if he had been in Reservoir Dogs would he even have been considered for Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Might've sent his career down a totally different path.
You have to wonder if he had been in Reservoir Dogs would he even have been considered for Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. Might've sent his career down a totally different path.
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9:01AM on 03/24/2015
Man, how awesome it would be to see Viggo in Reservoir Dogs!
Man, how awesome it would be to see Viggo in Reservoir Dogs!
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8:33AM on 03/24/2015
Too bad he couldn't make it work. He would have done a great job chewing and spewing out Tarantino's excellent dialogue.
Too bad he couldn't make it work. He would have done a great job chewing and spewing out Tarantino's excellent dialogue.
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