Sigourney Weaver & Jason Isaacs Interview For ‘Abduction’
What would you do if you found your own picture on a missing persons website? Teen Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds himself facing this very dilemma. Setting out to uncover his real identity, Nathan quickly learns his parents are far from who they say they are. When the police, government agents and shadowy figures start to pursue him, Nathan’s quest for the truth erupts into a full-blown “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run journey with the only person he can trust, his neighbour, Karen (Lily Collins). Every second counts as Nathan and Karen race to evade an army of bad guys and Agents. But as they close in, Nathan realizes that the only way he will survive and solve the mystery of his elusive biological father is to stop running and take matters into his own hands. ‘Abduction’ is set for release September 23rd in the US, and September 30th in the UK. Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver, Antonique Smith, Denzel Whitaker, Nickola Shreli, Allen Williamson and William Peltz also star. Check out what Sigourney Weaver and Jason Isaacs had to say about the film below.
How did you find working alongside Taylor Lautner and Maria Bello? Your character really gets into the thick of the action.
Jason Isaacs: Taylor is not only a fabulous actor, and a lovely, very curious, hungry to learn guy. But he’s also an immensely physically gifted athlete. So whilst I was working on my fight for weeks, choreographing it as best I can and running it through the stunt men, I showed it to him once and he had it better than me instantly (laughs). The difficult thing for Taylor with the fight sequences in this film, I think, is to hold back, not to look like Bruce Lee. He’s so good at it, he’s so brilliant at it, he has such poise and balance, that he has to use all his storytelling skills to make us feel that he’s in danger, because he can frankly take the entire crew with his hands tied behind his back (laughs).
I’ve been a big fan of Maria Bello for a very long time, she worked with a friend of mine on ‘A History of Violence,’ so I’d watched her and heard lovely stories about her. They all turned out to be true – she’s a fantastic actress and very easy on the eye as well.
How did you find it Sigourney, working with Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins, these two young talents?
Sigourney Weaver: I love working with young people. At our theatre in New York, The Flea, we have a different young company every year. We have about fifty young actors, a very diverse group from all over. And what I love about our industry is working with all generations. We are all equals, no one is this and someone else is that; everyone is doing the same work professionally, together. I find it very exciting. So working with Taylor and Lily I just feel like the whole ensemble was just very copasetic. It was an intense movie. Everyone brought their best to it and in between set ups we’d goof around and do stupid things together, fat booth – fat photo booth (laughs). Just goofy things, you know? I really enjoyed it.
What was it like working with John Singleton on this film?
Jason Isaacs: I’ve loved John Singleton’s films, many of them, for a long time. So when the chance comes up to work with someone like that you say yes instantly, for whatever it is. ‘Abduction’ is something slightly atypical for him, I think that’s why he’s a great director, because he brings those skills that aren’t always required for the action genre – it’s about character and those details of personality that make a film live. So within the scenes me and Maria are playing with Taylor mostly, he allows us to improvise, he creates an atmosphere of play, but always focused on trying to make this thing have texture. It’s a big film, its got a certain commercial sensibility to the driving narrative, but within that he’s weaving three dimensional things. I think he’s making it richer, more watchable, and hopefully something that will bare repeat viewings – because there’s many layers of secrecy to this film.
Sigourney Weaver: I love John Singleton, he’s such a film lover and has such extensive knowledge of film. I never took a film course in my life so to hear him just talk about all these different genres and everything, he really knows his stuff. He is a director I admire and I was delighted to get a chance to work with him.
You’re busier now than you’ve ever been.
Sigourney Weaver: I know and I really like it because people go, ‘Oh, but this is a small part,’ but I really don’t think of it that way. To me it was a part that’s tricky, and I was asked to do something that I’ve never done. I actually think it’s much harder to play a small part than to carry a movie. I’ve carried a movie plenty of times, but to go in and do what you’re supposed to do and serve the movie in that way, it’s always different, you know? I enjoyed that and I found it challenging, I’ve learned a lot from it.
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