The actor revealed that he loved filming Bel Ami with an all-star cast, singling out Pattinson as particularly talented.
"It was a great cast. The three women were Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci. And, Robert Pattinson is terrific," Meaney told Collider.
Meaney added: "[Pattinson's] a very, very good young actor. For him, it was an important step away from the whole Twilight thing."
Pattinson previously said that he worries whether he will continue to be successful when the Twilight series ends.
His Bel Ami co-star Ricci previously praised Pattinson as "a lovely human being" and also teased that he's a "good kisser" as well.
Bel Ami is based on Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel about a young journalist's rise to prominence.
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