Viggo Mortensen at home in first Argentine film

Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:10pm EDT
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By Luis Andres Henao

TIGRE, Argentina (Reuters) - Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen, best known as Aragorn in the "Lord of the Rings" films, says he never felt as comfortable as he does now while shooting his first Argentine film in the country where he was raised.

The Danish-American actor lived until age 11 in Argentina, where he learned fluent Spanish and developed a fanatical devotion to the San Lorenzo soccer club. He returns often to the South American country, where he says he feels at home.

"I've been in lots of shoots, more than 40 movies, but I've never felt this comfortable," Mortensen told Reuters on the set of his new film, "Todos Tenemos un Plan" ("Everybody has a Plan").

"In 'Lord of the Rings' we were working together for years so there was a bond created. But very quickly I've had the same feeling here," he said, adding this was partly because the crew had to shoot for two months outdoors during the inclement Southern Hemisphere winter, which brought people together.

"But also because I was raised here. There are a lot of memories. I look around and the way people speak, talking to the crew each day, it's as if I were with my people," said Mortensen, who let a scruffy, salt-and-pepper beard grow for the film.

"Everybody has a Plan" tells the story of a middle-aged man who returns to the wooded islands along Argentina's Tigre river delta after a long absence. Desperate for a new start, he impersonates his late twin brother, only to discover that his sibling was part of a criminal gang.


Mortensen compared his latest work to other films about criminal underworlds including David Cronenberg's Oscar-nominated "A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises," which earned him a best actor Oscar nomination.   Continued...

<p>Actor Viggo Mortensen speaks at a ceremony where actor Dennis Hopper was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>