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Viggo gets props - and brings props -- at Toronto film fest screening

Viggo Mortensen takes roles of twin brothers in the Spanish language "Everybody Has a Plan," and brings visual aids to introduce his Argentine mystery to packed festival screening.

Viggo gets props – and brings props -- at Toronto film fest screening

Viggo gets in deep water in Everybody Has a Plan
Viggo gets in deep water in Everybody Has a Plan

Viggo Mortensen learned Spanish when he was a kid, growing up in Venezuela and Argentina, and in Everybody Has a Plan – an atmospheric thriller set in the Delta, in the Tigre, of Argentina – Aragorn of Lord of the Rings speaks the language effortlessly, sin efuerzo.

Mortensen, who showed up at the Monday afternoon public screening to introduce the film with his director, Ana Piterbarg,  stood before the 500-seat-plus crowd and said “the story takes place here,” and then unfurled a blue and white Argentine flag. “And it’s about this,” and he holds up identical rag dolls. That’s because Mortensen plays twin brothers in the pic, one of whom still lives in the delta, raising bees for honey and consorting with criminals. The other is in Buenos Aires, a doctor, whose wife is leaving him, and whose world is falling apart. When the country twin is killed, the city twin assumes his identity and his island home, not knowing the mess he’s getting himself into. Suspenseful, mysterious, the audience was into it. And into Viggo, of course.

Look for  U.S. release, from Fox International, early in 2013. Here's the trailer:

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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