Last action movie with Liam Neeson. Memory in theaters today. Directed by the legendary Martin Campbell, the film stars Neeson, Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Taj Atwal, Ray Fearon and Harold Torres.
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“Memory follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), a skilled assassin with a reputation for careful accuracy. Caught in a moral quagmire, Alex refuses to do a job that violates his code and must quickly track down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI Agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first,» reads the official synopsis. «Alex is built for revenge, but with his memory starting to falter, he’s forced to question his every move, blurring the line between good and evil.»
Jonathan Sim of ComingSoon spoke to Memory star Monica Bellucci on the film, her intriguing character, and working with Martin Campbell.
Jonathan Sim: You play Davana Silman in Memory. What was it about this film that made you want to join this project?
Monica Bellucci: I wanted to work with Martin Campbell because I think he really knows how to create magic when he goes off camera and suspense and work with Liam Neeson because he is an amazing actor and I really enjoyed working with him and . Very generous, you know, not only a great actor, but also a wonderful person. To play this character, Davanu Silman, she is the CEO of a hedge fund that invests in many different ventures, and she asked her lawyer to hire a hitman to kill witnesses who could prove her son is a sex pervert and she is not. . does not want this information to come out in order to protect her son, as well as herself and her business.
She is described as a born sociopath, but very smart and charming, but also cold and manipulative. In some aspects she is a monster, but in others she is human, and I am interested in playing this duality. With this role, I wanted to break the mold that I’ve been cast aside so many times in my life. So I put on weight, put on makeup, all of which contributed to creating a completely new character for me. Even I have to say that aging also helps to open up new possibilities.
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As a woman in this industry, how has the system affected you and how were you selective about the roles you chose?
Well, I’m European, so I’ve never been part of Hollywood. All I have to say is that in Europe, actresses have the opportunity to have a long career. I think of Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baie or Charlotte Rampling. I mean, really, Judi Dench. [laughs] So I think there are really great opportunities for actresses in Europe for a very long career. Of course, all this was impossible, like it was 20 years ago, but now everything is changing, and, you know, women have much more respect for themselves and us, and even in the film industry, things are really changing.