Liam Neeson: Bayona is a real cinema talent

(130911) -- TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 (Xinhua) -- Actor Liam Neeson attends the press conference of the film "The Third Person" during the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 10, 2013. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng) (axy)
(130911) — TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 (Xinhua) — Actor Liam Neeson attends the press conference of the film “The Third Person” during the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 10, 2013. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng) (axy)

Actor Liam Neeson finds Hollywood director JA Bayona a bit like Oscar winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese.

Neeson, who features in Bayona’s directorial “A Monster Calls”, says the filmmaker “eats, sleeps and drinks movies”, read a statement from the makers.

“Bayona is a real cinema talent. Occasionally, you get to work with directors who are steeped in the love of what they do, and Bayona is one of those. He’s a walking film encyclopedia. He’s a bit like Martin Scorsese in that way,” Neeson said.

“He’s also very sensitive. He takes care of, guides, and nurtures his actors and that’s what I always hope a director will do. He allows you to experiment, so you both can get at the truth of what a scene is – and he will try for as long as it takes. I love working with a director like that,” added the “Taken 2” actor, who worked with Scorsese in “Silence”.

Distributed by Focus Features, “A Monster Calls” is a fantasy drama film which also stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Geraldine Chaplin.

“A Monster Calls” will release in India on Friday.

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