Mortensen attends a news conference to discuss “Green Book” at the Toronto International Film Festival. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
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Danish-American actor Viggo Mortensen says he was nervous at first about playing a burly Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx in comedy-drama "Green Book," unsure whether he could portray the character convincingly. The 59-year-old, best known for "The Lord of the Rings" and "Captain Fantastic," also had to gain weight for the role of Tony Lip, who is hired to drive black pianist Don Shirley, played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, on a concert tour of the segregated U.S. Deep South in the early 1960s.Inspired by a true story, the movie has garnered early talk of an Oscar nomination since winning the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award this month.
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