As a mother of two in real life, Oscar winner Melissa Leo says despite a brilliant script, the new kidnapping drama “Prisoners” was a very difficult film to confront.
“Prisoners” tells the compelling tale of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), a father who goes to unthinkable extremes trying to extract information from a suspect in order find his 6-year-old daughter and her friend who go missing on a cold, damp Thanksgiving Day in Pennsylvania.
The film also stars Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Detective Loki, the lead investigator on the case, and Dano as Alex Jones, a mentally-challenged man who is the first person arrested in connection with the case. Leo plays the pivotal role of Alex’s protective aunt, Holly Jones.
“I love my work and I dive into it, but with Holly Jones, she was hard to walk toward,” Leo told me in a recent interview. “Paul Dano and I did a lot of scenes together, and both him and I agreed that it was far hard to walk toward the project than doing it."
Leo said a huge presence who helped her on the set was director Denis Villenueve.
"When you are there shooting, you have your comrades and you’re being guided, especially by a someone like Denis (Villenueve), who was one of the most trustworthy, safest I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with," Leo said. "He was so appropriate with what he was asking of us.”
According to Box Office Mojo, "Prisoners" earned more than $10.8 million at the box office over the weekend for a second-place finish. The film, which opened at No. 1 last week, has earned more than $38.5 million in North America so far.
Leo is also celebrating her recent win at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where she won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the FX sitcom "Louie."