Saturday, November 24, 2007

APPALOOSA Movie 2007 Viggo Mortensen

APPALOOSA Base Camp South of Santa Fe New Mexico.
Thank you Nancy Ann


The truck and trailers in the background with several
windows, was the self contained 'trailer restrooms' at Base Camp. The tent to the right of the truck, with the low profile mountain in the background was our 'extras holding', where we waited and ate after 'signing in' for the days work 'on set'.

The white van was our 'ride' to 'The Set' of Appaloosa.
White trailer just to the right, contained catering supplies. The tent just over Viggo's head is where the 'Principles and Crew dined. During days when 'Background' was limited, we were Welcomed and dined there on the great feast. Somewhat nicer than our regular meals of course.

The trailers to the right were used by
the 'Principles' for wardrobe change and
their make-up rituals. Sometimes a brand
'Star Coach' is used. Usually they are 'fifth wheel'
types, and towed by diesel trucks, to the Base Camps.

VIGGO MORTENSEN 'Hitch' playing soccer wearing Spurs, Backicks? with crew and 'background' as he did often at our Base Camp of 'APPALOOSA' during filming near Santa Fe NM Nov 02 2007. Thank you Nancy Ann....'Blogengeezer'

Are these the only players in this game? Did the townspeople of 'Appaloosa' play soccer in 1880? Can he jump and kick wearing spurs? Is this a soccer player wearing his spurs? or the Appaloosa Deputy Marshall playing soccer? Check back for possibly another surprise from; "Nancy Ann, 'The Doctors Wife' She cut off their tails with a carving knife" Oh wait that is from another little song/story long ago. Does anyone still recall the words to that? Just exactly what do they mean?


  • contains the latest trailer as well as commentary.

    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Very interesting, I have been watching the world 'hits' on Da Flikkers for an hour now after posting this photo, Japan has been leading the pack. They pass on the word faster, I guess. It isn't even dawn there yet. Japan must have early risers. Interesting that it has been the one and two hit readers. The bigger Viggo fan clubs have not yet found this latest 'birds nest on the ground'. Japan has been doing it with their individual readers for the most part. Good job Japan, keep it up. I'll go find more fun stuff from our 'background' friends in 'holding', The Viggo ride to APPALOOSA is not ended quite yet. How does that quote go about?

    "From the Embers...and something about..His job is to Tend the Fire and he is satisfied with that"
    great quotes from Viggo Mortensen?

    Have fun world, lifes short, enjoy it. I'll keep stiring the embers.

    5:44 PM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    The word is "Ashes" not embers, I just ran by Viggo-works and checked it out. Japan you are a bit ahead of the UK for now. (you have control of second place behind the US which is understandable. Of course the UK is still asleep. You have all day to build a good lead so that you can rest tonight. Sweet Dreams US.

    6:11 PM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    OH OH, a 'heavy hitter' in the US just found Nancy Ann's photo of Viggo Mortensen playing soccer with his spurs on, and spread the word with the email icon.
    Paul Revere's spirit lives on.
    I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Man, this is so much fun, Da Geezer may stay up all night.

    Poor UK, they are sound asleep while Japan trounces them.
    Blogengeezer will republish the stats (like on the comments below the previous post) tomorrow or Monday to see who's ahead. There is always a chance for a 'long shot' 'dark horse' to be in the final running. Canada is no slouch. Isn't this exciting?

    6:35 PM  
    Blogger squitty said...

    blogengeezer said: " "From the Embers...and something about..His job is to Tend the Fire and he is satisfied with that"
    great quotes from Viggo Mortensen? "

    Peta Yuha Mani - He Who Keeps The Fire.
    This name was given to Viggo by the Lakota people, as far as I know.

    Thank for your great potst, blogengeezer.

    1:21 AM  
    Blogger deeelight said...

    A big thank you for the pic to you and Nancy Ann from me LadyArwen and all from my website and Forum El Alma de Viggo
    Viggo really loves soccer!
    the quote you mentioned is not from Viggo but from J.R.R. Tolkien. Sometimes you can find his quotes on his website Perceval Press

    2:37 AM  
    Blogger jellyfish_11 said...

    Hi Blogengeezer,
    I'm a Viggo fan in Japan and member of Viggo-Works. I'm enjoying your reports. Really, looking forward to the movie APPALOOSA!

    I have been making a photo list of Viggo at livejournal.
    Now I would like to add that nice photo into list. They seemed being very relaxed... :) May I ask you and Nancy Ann?

    Thank you!

    3:15 AM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Japan,you are amazing, doesn't anyone ever sleep in Japan? The Sun is rising in NM and you are still 'hitting' Da Flikkers like it's the middle of your day. No wonder you are world leaders, what spirit, my Honor to you, Blogengeezer

    6:08 AM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Hi from Japan!
    Hi Blogengeezer!
    I'm Sachie from Japan.

    Tried to post a comment at your blog, but I couldn't, so I'm PMing to you via Viggo-Works

    First of all, thank you so much for your great stuffs on the filming of "APPALOOSA". From your vivid and detailed descriptions, we can see EVERY scene even from Japan You're not only a good actor but also a great writer. Am wondering why WGA didin't invite you as a member !
    YES, we all Japanese fans of Viggo have been enjoying your wonderful posts very much and checking your blog everyday...well, actually, every morning, noon, evening and night. Your posts including your commets are sooooooooooooo interesting and funny as well, especially the comments of the latest post I translated some of them for my Japanese visitors (I'm running a VM-website), hope you don't mind

    I'm looking forward to your next post

    Many big hugs from Japan,

    8:21 AM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Great going readers. You are sending a message to the world. Keep on 'hitting' Da flikkers. You are driving the activity 'count' records right on through the 'objectionable content' blogs, like a powerful ocean frieghter plowing through the waves of a storm at sea.

    9:02 AM  
    Blogger Abby said...

    You are driving the activity 'count' records right on through the 'objectionable content' blogs, like a powerful ocean frieghter plowing through the waves of a storm at sea.

    YAY! And I like the comedians who DON'T curse the best too! ;-)

    Things are often slow on the weekends, Blogengeezer, so expect that count to start jumping again tomorrow! :-) I found this photo on . I'm sure it will be posted on Viggo's and Appaloosa's IMDb pages as well! It will probably end up at and on the greatest website catalog of Viggo information for many years,, better known now as "Obsession", (appropriate name, eh?

    Hope you and yours are doing well! :-)

    1:39 PM  
    Blogger traveler said...

    Hey Da Geezer,
    Really enjoy reading your accounting of life in Appaloosa. Just wanted to correct one thing. The animal used was not a bobcat, but a cougar whose name is Casey or KC or Kasey.

    3:29 PM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Thanks for the correction Traveler. The Carpenter never saw it. The Train 'background' thought it was a bobcat. I like both and see tracks of both, when I hike in the Sandia Mountains where I lived for a time. They are to the Southwest of the movie set on the far horizon.

    4:47 PM  
    Blogger Veronica said...

    A question or two...we've seen pictures of Viggo for a while now with his goatee, but his hair is on the "short" side. In the picture you posted, it doesn't look like he is wearing a wig. Can you tell us if he wears a wig for this role, or is his hair just as we've seen it?
    Are you told the whole "story" of the movie before you start filming, or do you just get a "background" for the scene you are in?

    6:44 PM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    Hitch's hair isn't very long in the filming sequences. We were not told anything but the scene (#116) we were doing. Sometimes Rebecca would read the days script to us. 'Amazon' Elizabeth was reading the book to us for some scenes. She actually lives in the Amazon as a medical assistant. She is seen on the porch with shorter Carol during the entry scene we last worked on. 'Nancy Ann' (now famous picture) was the doctors wife, walking with the doctor in the street as 'Hitch' walks toward the front steps of Bragg's Boston House.

    7:27 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A VERY BIG thanks to you Blogengeezer and to Nancy Ann for such a wonderful candid photo of Viggo relaxing and enjoying himself by playing a sport he loves so much on the set of APPALOOSA...

    Looking forward to many more reports by you and anymore pictures you come across and care to share...

    7:36 AM  
    Blogger blogengeezer said...

    This picture is getting famous it seems. Thank you 'catpetal_1' for informing everyone on 'IMDB' that Nancy Ann's picture originated at 'daflikkers.blogspot'. Thank those of you for being so polite as to ask permission, of course permission is granted. A link back to 'daflikkers' would be appreciated very much. Enjoy life, it sure beats the alternative.

    8:35 AM  
    Blogger Abby said...

    A link back? You've had it, and you'll get it Blogengeezer, it's the least we can do! :-)

    10:24 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    World Readers, I am still amazed at the continued response to Da Flikkers. Although the hits have understandably fallen off after the initial excitement, The fact that the interest even remains is truly appreciated.

    Japan is still one of the heaviest hitters. The UK is still heavily interested, thank's Brit's, 'The Carpenter' was born there, read his 'characters' story, as well as Nancy Ann's 'Character', soon on this site.

    The Uk is followed in overall hit's by Canada, Australia, 'Good on Ya Mates', and Germany. What intrigues me is that France, Italy, Czech Republic, China even Bulgaria seems interested along with many more, much appreciated Nationalities.

    We really are of 'One World', no other solar systems or galaxies have responded yet, I watch for their ISP's of course.

    The newest monthly Go Stats list will be posted soon. I will be interested in seeing any changes. The single hits are still coming in heavy.

    A 'dark horse' may be coming from within the pack, coming out of the 'backstretch'. This is the 28Th of November, your 'horses' are now rounding the last turn and coming into the 'homestretch'. It's getting exciting.

    The entire crowd is rising to their feet. They are wildly cheering 'the field'. Check back as they cross the finish line, in this latest race, at 'The Downs' in Albuquerque New Mexico.

    You have driven the total count to over 11,474 as of this morning, quite amazing for a very small 'Family' category, 18 month old blog, Of which you, 'readers' have driven to #15 among thousands, registered on Go Stats.

    The return visitors are what also intrigue this author. Apparently there remains an interest. Blogengeezer will post another interesting item from Nancy Ann soon, but probably not quite as fascinating as Nancy Ann's last picture, that you have made famous all over the world. That one is hard to beat by any standards.

    Thank you World Readers, you are the greatest. 'Blogengeezer' is extremely grateful for those of you that are still posting 'links' to;

    10:35 AM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    Hello Blogengeezer!

    I am an administrator in a new Viggo fan site called Viggos Home. Here is the link to our site:

    I just want to ask you if you will allowe me to post your reports from the Appaloosa filming which you have written in the fan site? Thanks ahead!

    LB, Denmark.

    10:37 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Thank You for asking LB Denmark, You have permission, enjoy the posts, I went one further, You now have a 'link' in my right sidebar just for asking. I have a few more things of interest saved for later. Busy time, Grandkids and family from out of state visiting. Will be back posting more next week, Ya'All have fun in the meantime.

    7:58 PM  
    Blogger romarie said...

    This is strange, I've posted a comment 3 days ago and at today I don't see it...what's appen? The comment don't arrived or what?

    3:14 AM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    Thank you very much, Mr. Blogengeezer! I have already posted the link and I'm waiting to see what the other members say. They will get very surprised, I guess.

    Oh, it must have been so very exciting to meet Viggo! I have a feeling that he is a very cosy and friendly person.

    Love LB_Denmark

    3:53 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    When I told of a close race, I had no idea it would come out like this. Italy came from behind to an amazing position, tied with the UK, much higher in the pack than expected. Japan came in above Canada, which was surprising considering the translation difference. Also look at the 3 way tie between Canada, France, and Denmark. Germany, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Switzerland, and Belgium, were in a very surprising 5 way tie. The Netherlands and Australia also tied. Refer back to the previous post with stats from last month to see the changes that took place. World readers, you are truly incredible. This is the 1st hours of the month and things can change rapidly.

    Country Count
    United States 40 (47.06%)
    United Kingdom 8 (9.41%)
    Italy 8 (9.41%)
    Japan 5 (5.88%)
    Canada 4 (4.71%)
    France 4 (4.71%)
    Denmark 4 (4.71%)
    Germany 2 (2.35%)
    Bulgaria 2 (2.35%)
    Lithuania 2 (2.35%)
    Switzerland 2 (2.35%)
    Belgium 2 (2.35%)
    Netherlands 1 (1.18%)
    Australia 1 (1.18%)

    4:59 PM  
    Blogger romarie said...

    Many thanks from all El Alma de Viggo members for all your reports and for this new pics (I hope is possible to repost) and, please give Ann my best thanks for sharing so generously her's pics.
    I can assure you that in Italy there are many people that read your report with great interest.

    8:19 AM  
    Blogger ColetteHera said...

    Cool with the photos coming up now.

    Thank you blogengeezer.

    9:31 AM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    So you are making statistics over all the international Viggo fans. That sounds funny. I wonder how many fans Viggo has all over the world. I'm not even sure 50,000 is the correct amount. We might be more than we think.

    We are both Europeans, Americans and Canadians in Viggos Home.

    12:08 PM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    It looks like Japan is grabbing a handfull of 'throttle' and 'rollin it on'. The USA is usually much farther ahead, which is understandable. The field changes as Earth rotates through the sunshine. Keep on 'hitting' on DaFlikkers.blogspot, people of the World. Enjoy

    Country Count
    United States 83 (39.90%)
    Japan 33 (15.87%)
    United Kingdom 18 (8.65%)
    Italy 16 (7.69%)
    France 10 (4.81%)
    Czech Republic 8 (3.85%)
    Netherlands 8 (3.85%)
    Lithuania 7 (3.37%)
    Canada 5 (2.40%)
    Germany 5 (2.40%)
    Denmark 5 (2.40%)
    Argentina 3 (1.44%)
    Switzerland 2 (0.96%)
    Bulgaria 1 (0.48%)
    Bahrain 1 (0.48%)
    New Zealand 1 (0.48%)
    Sweden 1 (0.48%)
    Australia 1 (0.48%)

    4:51 PM  
    Blogger jellyfish_11 said...

    Thanks for adding photo!
    I love that... not only because Viggo was there.
    Thank you again for your permission to use 1st photo.
    I would like to line up new one with that as a set.
    2007 November: Appaloosa - Snap

    I hope both you and Nancy Ann don't mind. :)
    And sure, I'm enjoying with you and all around the world.

    7:06 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    I had no idea that this could ever happen. A total upset in the 'hits' on DaFlikkers.blogspot from around the world.
    Last update: 15:04:57
    Next update: 15:04:58

    Country Count
    Japan 138 (56.56%)
    United States 41 (16.80%)
    Germany 13 (5.33%)
    France 8 (3.28%)
    United Kingdom 8 (3.28%)
    Italy 8 (3.28%)
    Denmark 6 (2.46%)
    Spain 5 (2.05%)
    Czech Republic 4 (1.64%)
    Lithuania 4 (1.64%)
    2 (0.82%)
    Canada 2 (0.82%)
    Netherlands 1 (0.41%)
    Ireland 1 (0.41%)
    Sweden 1 (0.41%)
    Bulgaria 1 (0.41%)
    Australia 1 (0.41%)

    2:11 PM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    Thanks Mr. Blogengeezer!
    I really think it's funny and nice that we have an eyewitness and local reporter close to Viggo. Next time you see him will you please wish him an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from a fan in Denmark, please! And of course from the rest of the members in Viggos Home fan site. We all enjoy what you're telling us about filming Appaloosa. I can't wait to watch the movie one day. I love westerns. And Viggo is a very good cowboy.

    4:59 PM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Perla has sent you a link to a blog:

    Ciao - Io sono la nuora di Blogengeezer. Sono la sposa del suo primo figlio. Quando avevo 7 anni, il mio padre, madre e 3 fratelli siamo mossi da NY per vivere in Apulia (San Severo)con la famiglia per 8 anni. Spero un giorno di portare le mie due bambine e marito a vedere la bella Italia!

    Blog: Da Flikkers
    Post: APPALOOSA Movie 2007 Viggo Mortensen

    5:03 PM  
    Blogger LadyArwen said...

    Ciao Perla, l'Italia ti aspetta a braccia aperte quando vorrai venire con la tua famiglia!
    Thanks again Blogengeezerfor the new pic and report
    Greetings from Italy, from Abruzzo, not so far from Puglia :-)

    1:43 AM  
    Blogger romarie said...

    DAll'italia un saluto alla nuora di Bloggenzir: ti aspettiamo :-)

    4:19 AM  
    Blogger Veronica said...

    Thanks for the newest addition. Is filming completed now, or are they doing interior work somewhere else?

    Really looking forward to this movie next year; it looks like a lot of fun.

    Are you working on that "journal" (of sorts) for Ed? Will that be posted or printed somewhere when it is finished?
    Enjoy your holidays. Peace on earth. Isn't it wonderful how people with a common interest can be united world-wide?

    5:14 AM  
    Blogger romarie said...

    Allora vi aspettiamo in Italia Perla, intanto ti mando un abbraccio da Modena.
    A big hug from Modena for Perla and her family

    10:16 AM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    Please can I also post your link in another new fan site which I've just become a member of, Vïggos Fantasy:

    I prefer to ask politely before I post something so I don't do something wrong.

    4:37 PM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Nancy Ann will have her new website
    back up soon and the 'background journals' will most likely be linked from there. She was so kind to aquire them, so I asked her to handle the publishing 'link'. Thank you all for the interest.

    5:50 PM  
    Blogger Suzanne said...

    Hi Blogengeezer

    Just in case you are interested... a link to Three Blind Mice- cutting off their tales with a carving knife....


    6:24 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Ah yes, the old 'Beatles' song "Oym Enerry the 8th oy am". His daughter, Bloody Mary, ("apples don't fall far from the tree") sounds like someone we have running for President in 2008?

    I read that many small printers and scribes sent out small easily concealed 'news' (papers) during those times by writing 'rhymes' as code so that the authoritarians could not decipher what the 'street' people were talking about. It continued through the second world war as the Jews were being persecuted throughout Europe.

    8:20 AM  
    Blogger Suzanne said...

    It wouldnt surprise me if that happened (coded rhymes). A lot of it went on in paintings too.

    Some rhymes just reflect social times- for example 'Ring a ring of roses, a pocket full of posies, Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down' is about the epidemics of plague over here in the 17th century. There is one small village near me called Eyam where they isolated themselves from the outside world to stop the spread of plague. Most of them died. So sad. This is a link if you are interested ..

    9:31 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Suzanne, thank you for the links to the interesting history of England. That's where The ship Captain, 'The Carpenter' was born.
    My favorite fiction 'based on history' books, are about the Royal Navy. Master and Commander started me and I have been hooked for quite some time now.

    About the interesting link, the little village of Eyam lost over 3/4th's of it's population but the Quarantine prevented the spread of the 17th century plague to the immediate area outside. Good move.

    I wonder if it would ever work today when the time comes. I suspect that 'political correctness' would prevent it being implemented, thus ensuring that whatever 'plague' arose, it would be devastating?

    10:55 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Ed Harris was on the Jay Leno show last night promoting APPALOOSA. The short 'trailer' was of a showdown in front of the jail. Looks like some good stuff. Looking forward to Saturday and it's release here in ABQ NM. See you at 'Da Flikkers'.

    9:06 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Suzanne has left a new comment on your post "Sarah Palin Rocks ABQ NM": (I moved it here with the rest of the 'APPALOOSA' comments)


    Long time no speak.. Suzanne from Appaloosa days. Ive just been to see the film - was it you I saw there fixing the sign above the hotel!!
    Re; "No Suzanne, I was on the ground holding the ladder, they only let the insured crew do 'the stunts"

    As a Brit I have to say I enjoyed the film - but it wasnt so much a western ( cowboys, indians, mexicans, bank robber etcetc) to me, more a buddy movie/romance with a twist which just happened to be set in the Wild West. You can so tell Jeremy Irons and Timothy Spall are English, although their acting was good. Who was the woman with Viggo? They seemed to get on very well on screen!

    Anyway a thumbs up from me!

    Re; from Blogengeezer, the woman is Renee Zellweger. I miss the old westerns as much as you do Suzanne. The atmosphere in the USA today (Politically Correct) is such that no one (Indians, Mexicans or Cowboys?) can be portrayed as above or below any one else. The old westerns are the last of the great ones. Kind of like showing the old film 'ZULU' on prime time? :>) Thank you for returning to Da Flikkers. Hope to have more flims in the works soon. Cheers Lovey!

    3:46 PM  
    Blogger Suzanne said...

    Yes, there was a group of you fixing the sign and you were the one standing with the ladder! It must be great fun to see yourself on scren and not have to worry about the publicity and oscar nominations!

    ps I didnt mean Renee - who I thought had a tough time with her character-she said there was no background to work on, so I guess she had to wing it. No I meant the other one- who played a whore....

    well I keep an eye on your blog even if I dont post, but just thought I'd tell you I thought I saw you up there on the screen, all the way over the pond!!

    4:35 PM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    Suzanne, thank you for the comment. this is the IMDB link for Appaloosa if you would like to see some of the cast listed. Hope this helps find the girl you mentioned.

    9:47 AM  
    Blogger LB_Denmark said...

    Hi Mr. Blogengeezer!
    How are you?
    I'm sorry I haven't been in here for some time. I've been very busy with a lot of different things.

    I'm looking so much forward to see the movie.I can hardly wait.

    I've always loved westerns ever since I was a child in the 1960's and watched the western series "Laredo". I have forgotten the names of the actors/actress' in "Laredo".

    11:07 AM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    lb Denmark thank you for your comment and welcome back. Hope you like our Appaloosa. I found one link to laredo TV series on IMDB. Hope it helps you a little. Stop in again some time.

    3:31 PM  
    Blogger Abby said...

    I just saw it.

    First of all, the theatre was PACKED!

    Very good, very good movie!

    It is a wonderful adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel. True to the story in every way. I really liked it and am looking forward to seeing it again!

    I listened to what Allie had to say in the room before the big shootout. I think it's the truest thing ever said. And should have been said in many westerns prior to this. As a whole, I thought Renee Zellweger's character was portrayed and written even better than it was in the book.

    When she said those words, I thought, "Gee, they are finally 'humanizing' us. We aren't perfect, we aren't derelict either, we are just human." This is the first step to true, social equality!" SQUEEEEEEE!!!!

    It is obvious to me that Ed really loved this book. He has said so in interviews, but it's obvious from the movie. I thought he did a GREAT job (as did Robert Knott) adapting the book to the screen and portraying the essence of very complicated characters, and providing action and tension, within a two hour time frame.


    1:16 PM  
    Blogger Blogengeezer said...

    It has been 4 years since we filmed Appaloosa. Japan has suffered a major calamity. Elizabeth Gabel has had a few other projects. The film industry in New Mexico is on the rocks. The financially distressed state is re-considering the lavish taxpayer funded payouts that returned far less than 'dreamers of the arts' reported. Temporary jobs are Not the bedrock of society.

    Interestingly enough, the number of hits to this site, coming from around the world, has still been noteworthy. They are approaching 60,000. Not bad for a little family blog with NO gratuitious sex, which a vocal portion of the Hollywood Idol driven USA is shamefully obsessed with.

    Interest is still very high in Conservative family values. It is fun to re-read of our days 'on set'. Thank you World for your continued interest. We have worked on several less noteable TV projects, and maybe more films will come up in the future. Thank all of you again :>)

    8:59 AM  

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