The actor has spent most of his career playing sexy, danger-prone leading men, but his 2012 Golden Globe nod recognizes a character that is far more brain than brawn. In A Dangerous Method, Mortensen outshined Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley as Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis. While the doctor is commonly thought of in his later, frail and failing state, director David Cronenberg sought to cast the 50-year-old "handsome, masculine, and humorous" Freud. Well played, director.
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