He is an accomplished poet, painter, pianist, and photographer who has shown his work in galleries from Santa Monica, California, to Denmark.He has also launched an independent publishing house, Perceval Press, through which he produces a small stream of art books and CDs.
He's working on two books now about indigenous tribes in South America, and has published, among other titles, a critique of the U. invasion of Iraq, a collection by avant-garde multimedia artist Alix Lambert, and young adult fiction from Mike Davis, of 'City of Quartz' fame.
Mortensen helps edit and signs off on every book himself; he also has his own contributions, including 'Linger,' a collection of eerie black-and-white landscape photos, and 'At All,' an abstract new-age album on which he plays keyboards and guitar.
Did you know that Aragorn from "Lord of the Rings" drives a Ford Fusion in real life?
It's one of many interesting tidbits from a new Esquire cover story about Watertown High School and St. The actor picked up writer Lisa De Paulo at Syracuse Hancock International Airport and drove her in his rental car to his hometown of Watertown and back as she interviewed him about his new movie "Captain Fantastic." "Two and a half hours into our journey, Mortensen and I stop for coffee at a joint he likes because his mother used to go there as a teenager," De Paulo writes. We sit at the bar, and no one seems to recognize him, not even the pretty bartendress he chats up about Syracuse basketball." Of course, one waitress did recognize him -- but as her classmate, not the Hollywood star who was nominated for an Oscar for the 2007 gritty crime thriller "Eastern Promises." She wanted to know if he was coming to their 40th high school reunion in July.
He shows up in a Camry to our interview in a state park about an hour and a half from Watertown, New York, a leafy military town near Lake Ontario where he graduated from high school and still visits occasionally.
Dressed in a David Wright New York Mets T-shirt tucked into wide-leg blue jeans, he looks as if he's going to the hardware store to buy a nail gun. Loves acting, the immersion, even the rehearsals, but tries to avoid everything else.
And now comes the much-anticipated 'The Road,' a relentless, uncompromising portrait of a postapocalyptic world that features Mortensen in nearly every frame. "He's not one of those morose, inward-turning method actors at all," says Cronenberg.
It's as credible a run as an American actor has had lately, and it has heightened suspicions that the choreographer of the losers dance might again be invited to the waltz – and maybe this time he won't have to dance. "He likes to have fun." Mortensen once reacted to being labeled one of the sexiest men alive by asking, "So there are a lot of dead men who are sexier?
How he slept in his caped Aragorn costume while making the 'Lord of the Rings'trilogy; how he walked barefoot around New Zealand for most of the three years he was there; how he stashes chocolate on his person like a marsupial, foisting blocks of it on unsuspecting costars and journalists; how he makes experimental records with his friend Buckethead, the enigmatic former guitarist of Guns N' Roses who's known for wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head.