Written by Staff Writer
Maverick Viñales is considered one of the great escape artists of Argentina, but when he was recently forced to cancel a 14-day tour through the Andes Mountains, he pulled out all the stops.
It started when ticket sales for his 2017 tour of the countryside began looking weak. “I was anticipating speaking to many girls after the first show; I had assumed that something would be coming our way,” says Viñales in an email interview with CNN Travel.
After his announcement, there was an outpouring of support. People had donated not only tickets to the tour but also money to help pay for transportation.
A one-off performance of the hit show “Parodia.” Courtesy Maverick Viñales
Although he was already six months pregnant, he pulled out of the tour. That left him and his team without any income for a few months.
However, Viñales needed to bring in money somehow.
Even with a broken hand — after an attempt to parachute out of the plane he was on — he managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars by acting in the movie “Parodia.”
“I wanted to answer all the bad reviews,” he says. “I wrote a script for the movie. I am named the star and helped to shoot it in Uruguay.”
So how does he survive while making movies?
“In this business, one cannot plan,” he laughs. “You cannot plant a coca leaf and say ‘That’s it for me’.”
Maverick Viñales uses a leaf to smoke weed in his latest movie. Image Credit: Lujan Garcia