The Dead Don’t Hurt : Exclusive Video Interview with Viggo Mortensen & Vicky Krieps

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Not many people realize that Viggo Mortensen’s career as an actor stretches back to way before Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Ever since that pivotal moment in his career, he’s been a go-to actor for filmmakers like David Cronenberg and others, including his starring role in the Best Picture winner, Green Book, in 2018.

The Dead Don’t Hurt is Viggo Mortensen’s second film as a writer and director after 2020’s Falling, and it has him exploring the Western genre with a story set during the Civil War. Besides writing and directing it Mortensen also plays Danish immigrant Holger Olsen, who meets Vivienne Le Coudy, played by Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Corsage), who he convinces to return to his home in Elk Flats, Nevada. When Holger is drafted into the war, he leaves Vivienne behind to deal with a corrupt mayor (Danny Houston) and a rancher (Garret Dillahunt) whose son Weston (Solly McLeod) starts to pursue Vivienne, much to her disgust. Years later, Holger returns and has to deal with the new dynamic in the town as he accepts the job of sheriff and starts dealing with the repercussions from his absence

Cinema Daily US spoke with Mortensen and Ms. Krieps over Zoom earlier this week about making a Western that includes an important female role, and how Mortensen implemented the immigrant experience into The Dead Don’t Hurt to separate it from the Western films that came before it.

The Dead Don't Hurt

©Courtesy of Shout! Studios

Director/Screenwriter:  Viggo Mortensen

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Vicky Krieps, Solly McLeod, Garret Dillahunt, Danny Huston, W. Earl Brown, Ray McKinnon

Producer: Regina Solórzano, Jeremy Thomas, p.g.a., Viggo Mortensen, p.g.a.

Production Co: Talipot Studio, Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Perceval Pictures, Polyphony Digital 

Distributor: Shout! Studios

Rating: R (Violence|Some Sexuality|Language)

Genre: Western, Drama

Language: English 

Release Date (Theaters): May 31, 2024

Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes

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