One of my favorite films of 2016 is director J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls. The film is based on the award-winning children’s novel by Patrick Ness (who also wrote the script) and follows 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) as he attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Liam Neeson plays the aforementioned monster, Sigourney Weaver fills the role of his grandmother, and Toby Kebbell plays his father.
With the film now playing in limited release and expanding into more cities January 6th, I recently spoke to Felicity Jones and Lewis MacDougall about the film. They talked about when they first realized it was going to be such a special movie, what it was like on set, memorable moments from filming, their reaction to seeing the finished VFX, and a lot more. Check out what they had to say in the video above. For more on A Monster Calls you can read Adam’s glowing review or click here for all our previous coverage.
Felicity Jones and Lewis MacDougall:
- When did Felicity decide she wanted to be in every movie this fall?
- Did they realize when making A Monster Calls that it would be such a special movie?
- What was their reaction on seeing the finished VFX?
- Do they have a day or two they’ll always remember from making the film?