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Monday 19 March 2018

Viggo: I had to chain-smoke cigars

Viggo Mortensen had to get used to smoking cigars for his role as Sigmund Freud
Viggo Mortensen had to get used to smoking cigars for his role as Sigmund Freud

Viggo Mortensen has admitted he had to get used to chain-smoking cigars on the set of A Dangerous Method.

The Lord Of The Rings star appears opposite Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley in David Cronenberg's new film about the friendship between Sigmund Freud and fellow psychologist Carl Jung, in which he plays cigar lover Freud.

Viggo revealed: "I enjoyed it after a while. I had good memories from childhood of grandfather smoking a lot of cigars, so I didn't mind the way they smelled and everything.

"But it took a while to get used to smoking that many a day. He smoked 20, 22 big cigars a day. In photographs of Freud, you almost never see him without a cigar, in hand, in his mouth, even when he's with kids, social situations and family situations. Certainly always when he was reading or writing or lecturing, so I had to do it.

"It took a little getting used to, I was a little dizzy the first couple of days, but then it became fun."

In the film dream analyser Freud refused to reveal his dream to protege Jung, but Viggo was happy to reveal his recent dreams.

The 53-year-old actor said: "I dreamt I was way way out to sea. It must have been some southern or Caribbean locale, it was warm and it was pleasant, and I had no sense that I would drown or sharks or anything. It was great, so I thought I could stay here for ever. It was very pleasant."

He laughed: "I think it means I'm happy!"

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