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The Road
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Nov 7, 2009
Viggo Mortensen - The Road

Q1: Can you talk about how physically demanding this film was?
VM: Well, you know, it was and it needed to be. If it hadn't been and if we hadn't shot outside in the winter, I don't think it would be as good a movie because no matter how well you fake it visually, the actors aren't going to feel the same. It's not the same. Kodi said it one day. He said, "It's a lot easier to be cold than to pretend to be cold. We have enough things to worry about." And I said, "Yeah, you're right." And it also affected our relationship because I felt naturally extra protective of him, not just character to character, but just the boy himself. He's a skinny little kid from southern Australia. He'd never even seen snow. I would tease him. He was saying to somebody, "That's really cool. The snow was falling from the sky." I go "What do you think? You think it grows out of the ground?" (Laughs) He got really offended when I said that. He was very cold and it would wear him...

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