Playing your own twin brother in a film, is a party trick that has put many a meal on the Van Damme household table. And it’s a trick that Viggo Mortensen has also now picked up.
This is of course alongside the other trick that the American/Danish actor already possesses: being completely fluent in Spanish. And Mortensen will be putting all of this and more to use in Everybody Has a Plan, the new thriller from acclaimed Spanish writer/director Ana Piterbarg.
We’ve featured this trailer before, but that was the international version, lacking the English subtitles that this new version now has. And if you’re like me, and the full extent of your Spanish was learned from Manuel on Fawlty Towers, then a lot of the story nuances may have been lost the first time round.
“Everybody Has a Plan” tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living in Buenos Aires, a very frustrating existence. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.
While the trailer does give away a little bit too much about the film for my liking, there’s no denying that Mortenses appears to be in top form here. He’s really been honing his craft over the last couple of years with his collaborations with David Cronenberg, and this seems to just be more of that dramatic intensity. Except in Español!
Last Updated: September 12, 2012