Martin Scorsese's Silence: First image of Liam Neeson appears online showing actor's 20-pound weight loss

He told the press: 'Martin requires this level of dedication and I think it pays off'

Jack Shepherd
Monday 16 November 2015 11:55
Comments

Filming on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film Silence - his first since the infamous Leonardo DiCaprio starring The Wolf of Wall Street - finished in May earlier this year.

Since then, only two official images have been released: the first of which showed Andrew Garfield knocking heads with Shinya Tsukamoto.

Now, thanks to the powers that be, the first image of Liam Neeson’s Father Cristóvão Ferreira has become available, illustrating the actors 20-pound weight loss for the film.

Neeson in Silence

“Martin requires this level of dedication and I think it pays off,” the 63-year-old said while referring to his weight loss at the Los Cabos Film Festival, according to Collider.

“Martin wanted us all to look a bit more gaunt, which Adam [Diver] and Andrew did as well. 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.

Speaking about being on set, Neeson revealed how the director can be “intimidating.”

“He’s legendary — so as a performer you have to get over that. I had to get over that… He requires absolute silence on set, like everybody has to stop work when he’s giving a direction or explaining a scene. I mean everybody — the guy that’s painting 400 yards away has to stop. If he hears one tiny sound, it’s shattered for him so he commands that respect. He commands that silence and especially for this film it was necessary.”

Production took off to a shaky start as Taipei was hit with a 6.1 earthquake that left Neeson terrified in his 15th-floor hotel room: “It was terrifying. The world started to shake.”

The actor walked all the way down to the ground floor before realising the frequent tremors don’t affect the local residents at all.

Silence will hit cinemas in 2016.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in