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High Praise for Jone’s Performance in Croneberg’s Antiviral

In an interview with Karim Hussain today – to discuss his contributions to The Theatre Bizarre (including the directorial effort “Vision Stains”) – we had to ask about his recent experience working with director Brandon Cronenberg (son of David) on the upcoming film Antiviral, which recently wrapped shooting in Toronto.  

Hussain served as the director of photography on the thriller and used an exciting comparison to describe the film’s leading man, Caleb Landry Jones.

The story concerns a world in which viruses from sick celebrities are sold to fans. One man becomes injected with a virus and races against the clock to find a cure.

“Antiviral was fantastic and Brandon Cronenberg is a brilliant director,” said Hussain.  “Very, very different from his father even though this film might have some traditional Cronenberg themes in it.  We just finished shooting that film, I’m super stoked.  The lead actor, Caleb Landry Jones, who was in X-Men: First Class and The Last Exorcism, I think he’s going to be a very, very surprising actor.  He delivers a performance that’s, for example, on the level of Christian Bale in The Machinist or Daniel Day Lewis in his early films.  Caleb blew us away in this very original, science fiction horror film.  The movie is also about something regarding celebrity status and, of course, there’s body horror in there too.”

Jones is joined in the film by Malcolm McDowell and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method).

We’ll have more with Hussain very soon!