At the core of the story is Liam Neeson, who plays Michael, a Pulitzer Prize winning author who has holed himself up in a hotel suite in Paris to finish his latest book. He recently left his wife, Elaine (Kim Basinger), and is having a tempestuous affair with an ambitious young writer, Anna (Olivia Wilde) who has her own agenda.
Julia (Mila Kunis), an ex-soap opera actress, is caught in a custody battle for her 6 year-old son with her ex-husband Rick (James Franco), a famous New York artist. With her support cut off and her legal costs ruinous, Julia is reduced to working as a maid in the same upscale boutique hotel where she was once a frequent guest. Julia’s lawyer Theresa (Maria Bello) has secured Julia one final chance to change the court’s mind and be reunited with the child she loves.
Renowned actress and activist, Bello shares, “Like most of the characters in this film you don’t really understand who this character is until it unfolds towards the end. Paul is such a beautiful writer that the character keeps getting more and more complex, so in the beginning you think Theresa’s this straight arrow lawyer who’s representing Mila Kunis’ character Julia in her custody case, but then you find out towards the end that she has her own complication and pain going on”.
“Paul Haggis has been a dear friend for ten years, but we’ve never worked together, and I’ve always loved his writing, so, when I first read this, like, every other script he’s ever written, I fell in love with it and really, really wanted to do it and I’m so pleased to be here. It’s fun working with him but of course there’s this fine line between ‘friend’ who I’ve known forever, and ‘director’… and he walks that edge so beautifully. He’s incredibly supportive and has very strong vision about what he wants so, as an actor you feel very safe in that, and yet very free to express yourself,” Bello says further.
Find out who ends up with the “Third Person” when it opens June 18 in theatres from Axinite Digicinema.
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