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Viggo Mortensen: 'I’ve been wanting for some time to be in an Argentine movie'

Saturday saw Viggo Mortensen deliver a Screen Talk at the BFI London Film Festival, talking about his career-to-date and his latest film Everybody Has A Plan [pictured].

Award-winning actor Viggo Mortensen delivered a Screen Talk at the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday in which he discussed his latest role in Ana Piterbarg’s Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan) as well as highlights of his film career.

Mortensen – who spent the first ten years of his life in Argentina – plays identical twins in Piterbarg’s film, which was screened at the festival. He said he was attracted to the project because although he had worked on three Spanish-language films before, this was the first one in which the dialect was easy and familiar.

“I’ve been wanting for some time to…be in an Argentine movie,” Mortensen commented. “Not just because of my personal connection to the community but because Argentina is a country that has a very good reputation, deservedly so, for producing very good actors, theatre, movie actors and good directors.”

To introduce Mortensen’s career retrospective, moderator and London Film Critics’ Circle chairman Jason Solomons played a clip from Sean Penn’s Indian Runner (1991) – which Mortensen said he hadn’t seen since its premiere – followed by scenes from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007).

Mortensen said he doesn’t normally look back on his work, but while recently watching the Lord of the Rings films back-to-back, he noticed flaws in his accent for the character Aragorn.

“[I wanted him to have] a Western British sound, different kinds of r’s…[and make it] gradually change, and by the end of the second movie and into the third movie, I wanted [Aragorn’s] speech to change,” he said. “I had that intention and I tried to stick to it. But every once in a while, I would slip.”

Immediately after the Screen Talk, Mortensen flew to Istanbul to continue filming the thriller The Two Faces of January alongside Kirsten Dunst.

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