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Viggo Mortensen over-excited in airport

Viggo Mortensen was interrogated by airport security officers after becoming overly excited about a soccer goal at the weekend.

The actor is an avid fan of the sport and was watching an important San Lorenzo match on his laptop while he was waiting to board his plane at Washington Dulles International Airport on Sunday.

Viggo's fervent celebration of a goal ended up with him being questioned by security - with officers ordering him to calm down.

"I screamed GOAAAAAAL with all my soul, and started jumping around the place like a frightened deer among the passengers and their suitcases," he wrote in a column posted to San Lorenzo's website.

"People can't understand why am I screaming 'PIPI!' [a player's nickname] over and over again, and whether it's because I've pi*sed myself or maybe I got hurt someway (sic)."

Viggo grew up in Argentina and the decisive match had a big impact on him. The star was warned that if he repeated the overzealous behaviour, he could get removed.

"In the last extra 4 minutes added by the referee, two police men grab me and take me away from the computer, saying 'Sir, what is WRONG with you???' The cops ask for my passport and boarding pass, they ask me lots of questions. I tell them that it's OK, that I'm sorry, that I'm watching a soccer match and my team has just scored a very important goal and the match is about to end. And while they're asking me all these things and revise my papers all I'm trying to do is to look over their shoulders at the laptop screen, to see if the match ended with a 3 - 2 score," he added.

"The match ends and I want to scream for victory, but I know that's not a good idea right now with these guys searching me. Finally, they let me go and warn me that if I start screaming again I won't be allowed to board and they'll kick me out of the airport (sic)."

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