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Viggo Mortensen Couldn't Resist Traveling McCarthy "Road"

Jan 23, 2008

Viggo Mortensen says that although he already had a full plate of projects this year, he couldn't pass up the chance to play the father in the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Oprah Book Club selection) post-apocalyptic tale "The Road," with Charlize Theron.
Viggo Mortensen Couldn't Resist Traveling McCarthy

Viggo Mortensen Couldn't Resist Traveling McCarthy "Road"

"I was not planning to do another movie because I have enough to do promoting these other two movies ("Appaloosa" and "Good"), and I have two art shows, too. I've got to prepare one show for Iceland in May and one in Denmark in October," says Mortensen, who is an accomplished photographer. 'The Road' is just too good to pass up. Maybe after that I'll take a break."

Despite feeling the demands of a busy schedule, Mortensen claims he's happy to help promote the Ed Harris-directed Western "Appaloosa," especially after how much work Harris put into the project. "I didn't envy the position he was in having to play one of the leads and also direct everyone and himself. It was a pretty tall order," notes Mortensen. "Sometimes it was hard for him, but I think he did an excellent job and got good performances from everyone. It looks and feels like it could at least be a good movie, if not a very, very good movie. It's a really beautiful story and pretty funny in some places."

MEANWHILE: Internet rumors have been floating around that Mortensen will be portraying Edgar Allen Poe, but he sets the record straight. "I've heard that from a few people, and it's news to me. Somebody decided to put it up there, and then the rumor spread. It sounds intriguing, but I have no plans to do that." Got that? Nevermore.

LARGE AND IN CHARGE: Country star John Rich of Big & Rich is very much large and in charge on CMT's "Gone Country" reality show debuting Friday (Jan. 25), reports Carnie Wilson.

"John is no host. He is our leader, the one who spearheaded this whole thing, creatively and musically," says Wilson, who joins the eclectic crew of Bobby Brown, Maureen McCormick, R&B singer Sisqo, former "American Idol" semi-finalist Diana DeGarmo, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and Julio Iglesias Jr. in the competition to turn out a hit country song.

"John takes us to some pretty interesting places, teaches us and makes the final decision on who wins. And we really wanted to learn from him. He is on fire right now, and I was just fascinated with him, every time he picked up a guitar and every word he had to say." She adds, "I don't know how they're going to edit that show, but you're going to be hooked. I know what went down, and Big and Rich are hard core players, they're hard core partiers, they're just 'livers' -- that's not even a word -- but they love where they are. They love their town, they love their peers, and they love music. It was a great thing to be a part of."

THE INDUSTRY EYE: "Hannah Montana" regular Emily Osment's character, Lilly, on the hit Disney Channel show is tone deaf and unable to carry a tune in a bag, but in real life Osment has finally found her voice. The title song Osment recorded for the movie "The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It" became an unexpected chart-topper on Radio Disney, and she reports, "I have been working on some stuff on my own. I'm really just writing now, so it's just in the basic stage."

Osment has the Disney telepic "Dadnapped" due out later this year. "I did that about three months ago in Salt Lake City," she says. "We spent about two months with yogurt and water guns. I play a girl whose parents have separated, and her dad writes all these books about a teenage superhero that all the kids are into, but she wants nothing to do with them. She feels like her dad cares more about him than he does about her. She's like, 'What about me? Why don't you ever notice me?' It's sibling rivalry, in a different way."

GOOD SPORTS: While this year's Super Bowl players are -- well, maybe -- staying in training for the big game, it's time to relax for NFL stars such as the Minnesota Vikings' Darren Sharper. Sharper partied, minus his close friend and main squeeze Gabrielle Union, at New York's Spotlight club recently when Diddy hosted DJ Clue's birthday party there, then it was off to Roomservice to see Steve Aoki spin.

Love or hate CNN pundit Lou Dobbs, you can't deny the success his daughters, Hillary and Heather, have had as equestrians. Dobbs's 19-year-old Harvard student daughter, Hillary, has been awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy by the United States Equestrian Foundation and will be honored at a USET Olympic Benefit Feb. 8 at the International Polo Club.


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