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‘Eastern Promises’ to Showcase Viggo Mortensen’s JunkViggo Mortensen goes full frontal in a knife fight scene in new David Cronenberg Russian Mob flick Eastern Promises. At the premiere, Cronenberg told New York that Mortensen suggested the nudity himself when they choreographed the scene, which takes place in a bathhouse. “He said, ‘You know, it’s obvious I’m going to have to do this naked.’ And I said, ‘Great.’ That was pretty much the discussion,” Cronenberg said at a screening after-party at the Soho Grand. “If he had had this towel wrapped around him that never moved, you would’ve noticed that. But this was so real.” [Ed. note: Then where did he hide his knife??]
Viggo Mortensen: Still Chilly• Eastern Promises screening. Tribeca Grand, 2 Sixth Ave., nr. White St., 8:30 p.m. Stars Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel scheduled to attend along with director David Cronenberg. “Dinner and dancing” to follow at the Soho Grand penthouse. In the film, Viggo Mortensen’s tattoos tell the chilling story of his conscienceless character’s criminal past of unspeakable horrors and men he has killed. In real life, Viggo Mortensen’s tattoos tell the chilling story of which downtown luxury hotels have served him subpar salmon appetizers. May we all pray for the sake of our children and our children’s children that he does not add one tonight.