Oscar nominated and Lord of the Rings actor to appear at Glasgow Film Festival

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Viggo Mortensen, who starred in films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence and 28 Days is coming to Glasgow to talk about his career to date.    

The actor, director, musician and artist will be discussing his life both in front of and behind the camera at a show featuring part of the Glasgow Film Festival.  

Viggo made his screen debut alongside Harrison Ford in smash hit thriller Witness in 1985.  

But he is best known for playing the character Aragorn in the three Lord of the Rings movies which were released between 2001 and 2003 with the franchise raking in nearly £3billion globally making it one of the highest grossing film series ever.

The American, who’s now 65, also received best actor Oscar nominations for his roles in Eastern Promises (2008), Captain Fantastic (2016) and Green Book (2019)

After the in-conversation event, that takes place on the 3rd of March, the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) will host a UK premiere of his epic new Western, The Dead Don’t Hurt, which he both directs and stars in alongside Vicky Krieps, Danny Huston and Scottish-born actor Solly McLeod. 

Fans of the actor, as part of festival’s popular morning retrospectives, are also invited to a free 35mm screening of the previously mentioned classic, A History of Violence.

Other highlights of this year’s programme include a familiar face in the filmmaker Ben Wheatley who will make a welcomed return.

On the 1st of March, he’ll introduce a special 15th anniversary screening of his debut feature, Down Terrace – a dark and hilarious journey into the gritty British underworld.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the man himself. 

 Ben Wheatley (image: GFF)

Tickets for Viggo Mortensen In Conversation, Down Terrace and all other events at GFF24 have just gone on sale to GFT Cinecard holders this morning (Friday 26 January) and will go on general sale at 11am on Monday (29 January) via https://www.glasgowfilm.org/home and the GFT Box Office. 

Elsewhere and among the UK premieres that the GFF will screen are Bleeding Love, starring Ewan McGregor and his daughter Clara McGregor, Bucky F*cking Dent directed by and starring David Duchovny and La Chimera by Josh O’Connor. 

The festival will close with the world premiere of Janey, which follows Scottish stand-up legend Janey Godley as she embarks on her final live tour due to her cancer diagnosis. 

Janey Godley (image: GFF)
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