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By Michelle Lanz

Actor Viggo Mortensen speaks his mind, and doesn't care who disagrees.

In the October issue of Elle magazine, the rough and rugged actor doesn't hold back about his formative years, human rights and his new film "The Road." Widely known for his intensity, Viggo may also be the only actor who could accurately portray a brutal Russian undertaker in "Eastern Promises" and still look hot in the process.

So, what does the actor have to say for himself? Read on to find out.

On what it was like to rough it through a post-apocalypic world in "The Road""

"It was an interesting story to explore. The idea of a parent being concerned about his child's welfare and safety is universal. You wonder what's going to happen if you're not around. This takes it to the extreme."

On what experiences contributed to his worldy attitude:

"I'm very lucky my parents moved around quite a bit. Travel is one of the best anti-war weapons that there are. I've been to Iran, and if you're there you see little kids, cops, old people, cemeteries. Once you see that, you can't say, 'Oh, Iran, let's bomb them.'"

On what he thinks we're missing in the U.S.:

"I won't consider this country civilized until there is universal health care."

On his politics:

"I say all flags, all passports, even sports uniforms -- cool as they look -- are bulls---."

His son Henry, 21, might be a future tattoo artist:

"Henry used to write H's on my arm, and he wrote that one exactly like that. The next day, I drove to a tattoo parlor and had them go over it."

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