After Liam Neeson stepped out looking frail in July, fans were concerned for the Taken actor. But worry no more: It was all for his role in upcoming film Silence.
According to the 63-year-old, he lost 20 pounds per director Martin Scorsese’s request. “Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which [costars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield] did as well,” Neeson explained to Entertainment Tonight and other press at the 4th Annual Los Cabos International Film Festival. “I know Adam went to the extreme. He’s an ex-Marine, and when he’s given an order, he follows it through. He was like something out of Auschwitz.”
Garfield also took the role seriously. As previously reported, the Spider-Man actor not only dropped 40 pounds, but was so engrossed in this transformation that it had a negative impact on his relationship with now ex-girlfriend Emma Stone. “He’d been in a dark place for months, getting into his role,” an insider told Us of the actor, who filmed alongside Neeson and Driver in Taiwan for months.
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Silence follows two 17th century Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel. Silence is expected in theaters in 2016.
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