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Toronto Film Festival: Viggo Mortensen on his happy 'homecoming' playing twins in Spanish

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There’s no denying Viggo Mortensen’s total intensity and rawness as an actor, in The Road, The Lord of the Rings, and as a muse in David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and last year’s A Dangerous Method. In Everybody Has A Plan, his fourth Spanish-language film, helmed by Argentinean first-time feature writer-director Ana Piterbarg, the handsome blue-eyed actor wraps his arms around a dark, gritty role worthy of Cronenberg: identical twins. The movie just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“We had a fantastic [premiere] screening,” said Mortensen on Sunday, his longish, salt-and-pepper hair parted, sitting next to Piterbarg, and switching between English and Spanish. “Which was a relief because it was the first time we showed it to a non-Spanish language audience. They got it, every little laugh, the nuances.”

In the movie, Mortensen plays both Agustin, an uncomfortably middle class Buenos Aires doctor and husband, who Mortensen called “arid, dry, unlovable,” and Pedro, Agustin’s scroungy, wild, estranged twin brother, who has lived outside the city in the swampy Tigre Delta since he was a teenager, and who Agustin hasn’t seen in at least 10 years. When Pedro makes a surprise visit to his brother, he reveals he’s terminally ill, and Agustin leaves his cushy, frustrating life to assume Pedro’s, full of criminals and seething, scathing violence. READ FULL STORY

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