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Eastern Promises
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Aug 22, 2007
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Q1: How hard or easy was it to get the accent for this? What did you do to prepare?
VM: It wasn't so bad. I mean it was harder obviously to speak it than to just have an accent and I wanted to make sure that that sounded right. So I worked hard. My approach was to translate everything my character says with someone here who's a translator, a Russian guy. And then the next step was to go and make sure all the slang, because his slang wouldn't have been street or prison slang, so I met some people, I was lucky to be able to find some people who had backgrounds not totally unlike my character's. Russians.
And once they realized that I wasn't out to make fun of them or be critical, I just wanted to be authentic and know what they knew, as much as they felt like telling me then they were eager to tell me things that I wouldn't have found out otherwise. And I got some words from them that I wouldn't have had otherwise and then the stuff about the...

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