Viggo’s tip­ping new star

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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

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