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Viggo Mortensen: Lay off the pope

Viggo Mortensen says he doesn’t have a plan. It’s a funny thing to say midway through a conversation about a movie called “Everybody Has a Plan,” a low-budget Argentine thriller that Mortensen produced and in which he plays two roles, as a pair of twin brothers. (Yes, it’s in Spanish, but this isn’t some postmodern-flavored stunt, à la Will Ferrell's “Casa de Mi Padre.” Mortensen spent much of his childhood in Buenos Aires and speaks fluent Spanish, along with English and Danish, and can get by in several other languages. Are you surprised?)

Mortensen’s non-plan looks a lot like a plan to me, although maybe not an entirely conscious one. He has used the worldwide fame he earned for playing Aragorn (son of Arathorn) in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy to declare his independence from the celebrity economy and follow his own idiosyncratic career path, which has included painting, poetry, music and three films with David Cronenberg, including an Oscar-nominated turn as a brutal Ukrainian mobster in “Eastern Promises.”

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