Washington (ANI): Actor Viggo Mortensen"s 43 tattoos, which has
been flaunted in his latest film Eastern Promises, were so real
that Russians really thought he was a Mafia heavyweight. The
48-year-old star, who spent four hours in the make-up chair to get
the tattoos on his body, plays a Russian gangster in the new
thriller. The Lord of The Rings star realised that it was worth it,
when he saw the looks of terror on Soviet youths in a London
"They were looking at my hands and suddenly stopped talking," Contactmusic quoted Mortensen, as saying. "It was right when the
(Alexander) Litvinenko (former lieutenant colonel of the Russian
Federation's Federal Security Service) poisoning happened in 2006,
and I looked very shady. So I got up and left. They were probably
freaked out," he said. The actor revealed that he travelled through
Russia and met with real gangland bosses to research for his role.
He also said that he meticulously studied the Mafia's tattoo art to
make sure his latest role was as real as possible.