Viggo Mortensen said his sexuality is ‘none of your business’ (Picture: Getty)
Viggo Mortensen has said not to ‘assume’ anything about his sexuality as he defended his new film role.
The actor directs and stars in Falling, a drama about a homophobic elderly man (Lance Henriksen) who is reunited with his adult gay son after he shows signs of dementia.
The Lord of the Rings star, who is in a relationship with a woman, Ariadna Gil, plays the son but understands why some might have an issue with it.
He told The Times that the debate is a ‘healthy’ one to have however he ‘didn’t think it was a problem’ when he cast the roles.
Viggo went on: ‘People then ask me, “Well what about Terry Chen, who plays my husband in the film, is he a homosexual?” And the answer is I don’t know, and I would never have the temerity to ask someone if they were, during the casting process.’
The Green Book actor continued: ‘And how do you know what my life is? You’re assuming that I’m completely straight.
Viggo stars with Lance Henriksen in the film (Picture: Perceval Pictures)
‘Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. And it’s frankly none of your business. I want my movie to work, and I want the character of John to be effective. So if I didn’t think it was a good idea I wouldn’t do it.’
The actor also has adult son Henry with ex-wife Exene Cervenka.
Recently actor Wentworth Miller quit his role in drama Prison Break and vowed never to play a straight character again.
Additionally Colin Firth gave his thoughts on straight actors playing gay characters in the wake of his role in Supernova, in which he and Stanley Tucci play a married couple.
The actor with son Henry and partner Ariadna Gil (Picture: Getty)
He explained to Attitude magazine: ‘I don’t have a final position on this. I think the question is still alive. It’s something I take really seriously, and I gave it a lot of thought before doing this.
‘Whenever I take on anything, I think it’s an insufferable presumption. I don’t really feel I have the right to play the character.
‘That’s always the starting point. What do I know about this person’s life? How can I presume to set foot in this person’s lived experience, let alone try to represent it?’
Stanley said meanwhile: ‘Anybody should be able to play any role that they want to play – that’s the whole point of acting.’
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