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Trailer Watch: Fluent Spanish Speaker Viggo Mortensen in 'Everyone Has a Plan'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 7, 2012 at 6:09PM

Viggo Mortensen has a whole second career as a Spanish-language actor. During his childhood, his family relocated from New York to Argentina (with stops in Venezuela and Denmark in between), where he lived until age 11, going to grade school in Buenos Aires and acquiring fluent Spanish. In 2011, Mortensen returned to his theatre roots in a Madrid production of "Purgatorio." Now he stars in Ana Piterbarg's "Everyone Has a Plan" ("Todos Tenemos un Plan"), which was recently at the Cannes market. Watch the trailer below -- no English subtitles!
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Viggo Mortensen in "Everyone Has a Plan"
Viggo Mortensen in "Everyone Has a Plan"

Besides writing poetry, painting and taking pictures, movie star Viggo Mortensen has another career as a Spanish-language actor. During his childhood, his family relocated from New York to Argentina (with stops in Venezuela and Denmark in between), where he lived until age 11, going to grade school in Buenos Aires and acquiring fluent Spanish. In 2006 he starred in "Alatriste," and in 2011, Mortensen returned to his theatre roots in a Madrid production of "Purgatorio." Now he stars in Ana Piterbarg's "Everyone Has a Plan" ("Todos Tenemos un Plan"), which was recently at the Cannes market. Watch the trailer below -- no English subtitles!

Mortensen plays Augustin, a disillusioned man living in Buenos Aires. Upon the death of his identical twin brother Pedro, Augustin sees the perfect chance to start over. He assumes his dead brother's identity, and goes to live in the Tigre Delta region of Argentina where the brothers spent their childhood. But Augustin has no idea of Pedro's past involvement in the criminal underworld, and finds himself inheriting a dangerous and corrupt life that he thought would bring him fulfillment.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.