Editor's note: Mortensen called from Spain, where he is putting together some books for his publishing house, Perceval Press.
"It was a nice surprise. I was very happy to hear about Javier Bardem too. I'm kind of an adopted son over here [in Spain]; I work here a lot, so I was with their camp and we were all very excited, not professional, jumping around. I'm sorry to see David Cronenberg and the others in 'Eastern Promises' not to get to go along for the ride. I'm sure they know I kind of represent everybody. And whatever happens that night doesn't matter -- just having the movie be named in there ... it's like a soccer match: At the end of the night, it'll be 'Eastern Promises,' 1; the world, 0."
On the Oscars happening: "I imagine they will. I just wish the corporations that are at odds with the writers -- there's a few wealthy individuals spending a lot of money doing [publicity] against the WGA, and it's working, making them look like party poopers.... I just wish they'd spend that money doing what they have to do, which is fair compensation. It's something they're going to have to do eventually -- why not do it now? If the Oscars are threatened, they will be the ones to blame.... I will not cross a picket line, so I hope they get it solved so I can go. I know my mom would like that."
-- Elena Howe, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer