Viggo’s tipping new star
US actor Viggo Mortensen has compared rising Australian star Kodi SmitMcPhee to legend Marlon Brando after working together on The Road.
Mortensen, 50, and SmitMcPhee, 12, play the father and son in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 post-apocalyptic novel.
Mortensen, who is in Melbourne tomorrow to promote his new movie Good, was full of praise for his ‘‘selfconfident, daring and kind’’ co-star.
‘‘He’s an incredibly talented actor, beyond his years,’’ the star said.
‘‘To me he was doing things, mostly just out of instinct and sheer raw talent, that actors like Montgomery Clift or Marlon Brando pioneered.’’
In Goodhe stars as a ‘‘good’’ German who unwittingly helps the Nazis.
Mortensen will answer questions after a screening of the film at the Nova cinema in Carlton on Thursday.
Back for Good: actor Viggo Mortenson, who starred in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in Sydney yesterday. Picture: RENEE NOWYTARGER