Having never read one word of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series, I have no idea who Roland is, why he wants to find this Dark Tower, or how Stephen King himself shows up as a character in the book series. When the first book came out, I thought it was a western since Roland looked like The Outlaw Josey Wales. Turns out, he time travels and goes to parallel worlds and stuff. If reading wasn’t so damn time consuming, I’d be really into this book series I’m sure. But, I’d rather spend hours upon hours watching movies and playing X-Box.
You’d never guess it, but this post is really about the news that Ron Howard, who is going to marginalize these books into a three part movie series, would like to cast Viggo Mortensen as Roland. This sounds like a fine idea to me, as I’m of the opinion that Viggo should be cast in just about everything. “King Kong 2”? Viggo as the ape. A remake of “The Christmas Story”? Viggo as the manger. That’s how amazing I think this guy is. I couldn’t stand “The Road”, but I’d watch it again because the guy is that good.
While I’m completely on board with Viggo’s Best Actor nomination for “Eastern Promises”, the picture here is from the movie in which Viggo was most deserving. Even though “A History of Violence” is such an uncomfortable movie to watch (From David Cronenberg? What are the chances?), it’s worth sitting through just for Viggo. Where was the nomination for this one? The Academy went with Terrence Howard for “Hustle & Flow” over this. I’m sorry, but that’s messed up.
In retrospect, the finest performances from actors that year were the Academy winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Capote”, Mortensen, and Heath Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”. Looking back, maybe Ledger should have won that one?
Source: Empire Online