Okay—I know I’m late with my blog today but I just spent two hours trying to find pictures of Viggo Mortensen’s tattoos in the new movie Eastern Promises. I saw it over the weekend and was not only impressed with the nude steam room fight scene (more on that later) but the Russian prison tattoos sported by the characters. This is the only pic I could find that showed anything at all.
Anyway, great flic with lots of action (read that blood, violence and mayhem--my kind of movie.) There's a nude fight scene in a steam room that's quite interesting. I may have to get the DVD when it's released so I can examine it in pause mode, but I digress. Anyway, here's what Mortenson said about the scene:
"Slippery, painful, embarrassing," says Mortensen of the gritty nude punch-up. "I'd be lying if I said it was just another day of work. I knew that it would be at times awkward and a little vulnerable and that it would be painful. Obviously I couldn't wear pads for clear reasons. It wasn't as bad as it could have been but it's not like I was primping in the corner to look as best as possible for the next angle or something!"
Believe me he looked good from every angle.
Which brings me to a tidbit regarding another craggy-faced actor. Daniel Craig.
Evidently, he's buffing up for a nude scene of his own in the next James Bond movie. He says he's willing to do a full-frontal nude shot.I say more power to him! He also admits he's not a fitness nut and the only thing that keeps him motivated (besides the obvious) is his pint of Guinness after each workout. So, let's just imagine that great beach scene in Casino Royale minus the suit:
Lest you think I've gone off the deep end this morning, here's some media news that's not nearly as interesting to ponder as Craig and Mortensen nude, but may be of interest.
For fans of James Marsters: CBS’ “Without a Trace” kicks off its sixth season tomorrow (Thursday) on CBS. James Marsters, Spike on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” begins a recurring role as a detective.
A story in today's WSJ
says the newest craze to hit Japan is reading and writing novels on cellphones. It's big business--with over six million mobile members buying $200 million dollars worth of book and comic-book services a year. The books are said to be simply plotted and not richly written, but hugely popular. One drawback--a writer who says she's written eight novels on her phone got carried away last month and broke a blood vessel on her right little finger.
Doesn't anyone in Japan have a computer anymore?
And last but certainly not least, at last weekend's RMFW conference, my very good buddy Vicki Pierce showed up with a t-shirt sporting cover of my third book, The Watcher, and the logo: Anna Strong is my hero! I wish this picture showed the tee better, but it was really a thrill for me that she went to the trouble to have it made. To Vicki-- thank you.