Stone: Lively will go a long way
Blake Lively is like a young Meryl Streep, according to Savages director Oliver Stone.
The blonde Gossip Girl beauty plays a hippie in a love triangle with two men in the film, about a war between marijuana growers and a Mexican drug cartel.
"A good actor will be thinking, feeling and questioning, and Blake was one of the most aggressive, in terms of questioning everything in the script," Oliver told Collider.
"She's very elegant and sophisticated. She reminds me of a very smart Meryl Streep, at that age. She could go all the way. She's got the chops."
Oliver also had high praise for Blake's co-star Salma Hayek who plays a drug cartel boss.
"I didn't even see another actress. I wanted Salma. I wrote her a note in Europe and just said, 'You're the one!' When Universal said, 'Is she tough enough?,' I said, 'Sweetheart, she's tough!'."