Felicity Jones wore handmade wigs to perfect cancer victim character

Director J.A Bayona knew he wanted to cast Felicity Jones in A Monster Calls after watching her in 2011 movie Like Crazy.

Felicity Jones wore intricate handmade wigs to perfect her role as a cancer sufferer in new movie A Monster Calls.

Directed by J.A. Bayona, A Monster Calls tells the story of young Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), who tries to deal with the terminal illness of his mother and the attacks by local school bully Harry (James Melville). One night, Conor encounters a "monster" (Liam Neeson) in the form of a giant humanoid yew tree, which has come to tell him stories and soon begins to help Conor fix his unhappy life.

For her part playing Conor’s mother, Jones took it very seriously, carefully and sensitively researching the illness and meeting with women affected by cancer to help her prepare for the role.

And as the Theory of Everything star couldn't shave her head due to her other film commitments, Bayona turned to hair experts to create the perfect wig, assembled hair by hair.

"It was a very good wig," he told WENN. "You can only use those wigs once because they were so delicate that every time you took them off they were destroyed.

"We created, like, 12 wigs that were handmade hair by hair. It was insane. It took 10 days for every wig to be completed. The make-up artist did an extraordinary job."

Bayona also revealed that he knew he wanted to cast Jones in the challenging role, after watching her performance in 2011 film Like Crazy.

"I was very impressed by her performance but at the same time she's so beautiful," he explained. "I knew that the mother (in my film) would have to go through that process of degeneration physically.

"Before being a sick person, she is a mother, so I wanted to get that sense of beauty that her son sees in her. Even though she's destroyed physically there's an aspect of beauty that we kept for the character."

A Monster Calls has already begun hitting cinema screens.

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