A Dangerous Method (2011) Poster


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The age difference between Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender is 19 years, just as it was between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
In preparation for his role as Sigmund Freud, Viggo Mortensen read everything he could find on Freud and even visited his actual home (now a museum) in Vienna. In an attempt to capture aspects of Freud's personality, Mortensen smoked his own Danish grandfather's cigars that he kept in his grandfather's personal cigar case over the course of the shoot.
David Cronenberg (an atheist of Jewish heritage) said that he had to teach Viggo Mortensen to "walk like a Jew".
According to Keira Knightley, at first she didn't know how to play her character's hysteria. When she read some of Spielrein's notes she noticed the woman described her condition as being like "a demon or a dog". Knightley then started to pull faces and contacted David Cronenberg through Skype to show him the results until they both agreed on one.
The apocalyptic dream, described by Jung may refer to the beginning of World War I (1914-1918). During World War I Jung was drafted as an army doctor and soon made commandant of an internment camp for British officers and soldiers. Swiss neutrality obliged the Swiss to intern personnel from either side of the conflict who crossed their frontier to evade capture. Jung worked to improve the conditions for these soldiers stranded in neutral territory; he encouraged them to attend university courses.
Christian Bale was in talks to play Jung but he was never formally attached to the project and eventually left due to scheduling conflicts.
David Cronenberg's third film with Viggo Mortensen.
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Christoph Waltz was initially cast as Freud, but dropped out in favor of Water for Elephants (2011). Had he stayed, it would have been his second collaboration with Michael Fassbender since their work on Inglourious Basterds (2009).
Matthias Schoenaerts auditioned for a role, the audition went well and the casting agents wanted to call him back, however, he had pledged his commitment to Bullhead (2011) and so had to let the opportunity slip.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The final scene, where Jung stares, conflicted in his chair next to the lake, is in many ways identical to the final scene in The Godfather: Part II (1974).

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