It seems like a rare bird these days, but Liam Neeson is making a movie that doesn’t find him employing a special set of skills to immobilize faceless baddies. The actor has reteamed with his “Gangs Of New York” director, Martin Scorsese, for the filmmaker’s long brewing passion project, “Silence,” and the title doesn’t just refer to the Shûsaku Endô book being adapted for the big screen.
“[Scorsese] gives 200%. All he requires is that you give 100%. He’s intimidating,” Neeson explained at the Los Cabos Film Festival (via Variety), adding that he lost twenty pounds for his role. “He requires absolute silence on the set — if he hears one tiny sound, it shatters it for him.”
Co-starring Andrew Garfield, Tadanobu Asano, and Adam Driver, the film follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and spread the gospel of Christianity.
“Silence” arrives in theaters in 2016.