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    What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

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    What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Eugene on Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:08 pm


    ....When you love somebody, you don't just walk away from them when they are struggling.For example, Mel is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. He's not saintly, and he's got a big mouth, and he'll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew, the minute I met him, when we were making Maverick, that I would love him for the rest of my life. He's a real person, not a cardboard cutout, but he has troubles. I will always be grateful for the performance he gave in The Beaver. He brought a lifetime of pain from a severe alcohol problem to the character that I knew was part of his psyche.

    I think we forget how much we know. It was a funny thing, not having directed for a while, to direct The Beaver. I found there was a lot that I brought to the table that I had forgotten about. When I direct, I have the biggest grin on my face, because I can't believe they pay me to do it!

    Turning on and off is easy for me. I have a little ritual of a light beer to turn me off work at night. I don't want to wake up at 3am thinking about the film I'm working on. I love my job, but I don't need to keep working after six.

    Being typecast has worked for me. I tend to play characters that come up against adversity and figure out a way, through their wits and tenacity and skill, to get out of it. I've never been the ingénue. Like my characters, I have been looking for answers all of my life. A lot of my questions are about my fears in my life. I'm not sure I'm an incredibly brave person, but I'm just no good at playing weak. I do dark dramas.

    I now realise that acting wasn't a stretch for us kids. All of us had jobs of some sort. Everything was about the family, keeping the family going, surviving. I have no regrets about what people call my "lost youth" spent in studios. When I was a kid, we didn't have long lenses and kid actors didn't make $10-million.

    Movies were in my blood. When I went to Yale to do a BA in Literature (she graduated with honours in 1985) I had hoped an Ivy League education would lead me to think that acting was dumb, but it has always been there and I think it will never go away. It does not take intelligence to be an actor - it's an emotional and physical process.

    I keep my private life a closed book. I pretty much live like everybody else with a house and a car and a drive. It's simple and I like it. Having been a public figure since the age of six, I am sure that much of it is inbred. I've never talked about my personal life. It just kind of trivialises it when you see it in print.

    I don't make movies so that I can do flashy, juicy performances. I have to find something in the story that's part of my progress, part of this little train I'm on.

    Celebrity doesn't bother me. People are kind of "over" me now. They are more interested in Brad and Angelina, and that's just fine.

    The price you pay for celebrity is like sticking pins in your eyes . . . getting dressed up and putting on make-up and photo shoots. I'm not really a clothes-and-make-up person. To me, that's just work.

    Being a public figure can keep you tremendously shallow. There's a life of ease that's offered to you, where you never have to make a plane reservation or know how much a quart of milk costs and you can go to a different party every night. Or it can turn you into the opposite, which is somebody who is fiercely grounded and responsible because that feels real to you. I guess I fall into that category.

    Having a gun in the house doesn't make you feel safer. They bought me one on Silence of the Lambs because I had to learn to shoot, but when the film was finished I took it to the police station and told them to destroy it. I got a dog instead. You can't fire a dog in the middle of the night.

    I'm an atheist but I absolutely love religions and rituals. Even though I don't believe in God, we celebrate pretty much every religion in our family. The kids love it, and when they say: "Are we Jewish?" or "Are we Catholic?" I say: "Well, I'm not, but you can choose when you're 18. But isn't it fun that we do seders and the Advent calendar? - ©Marianne Gray

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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  silverline on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:30 pm

    I like this article. Thank you Eugene. Jodie seems very down to earth. hugs
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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Artful_Dodger on Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:34 am

    The coolest of the cool. Smile
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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Mario on Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:11 pm

    I've seen that on Google news. Once again this strange kind of "interview". And it sounds like the JF answering robot.
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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Artful_Dodger on Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:18 pm

    As long as the robot means the same as JF I'm okay with that. Smile
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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  silverline on Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:24 pm

    It sounds like a collection of some of the most recent interviews, nicely put together. But she sounds cool and down to earth and it is all issues she has widely discussed.

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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Artful_Dodger on Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:12 pm

    Yes. glass
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    Actress Jodie Foster has helped re-start the search for ET

    Post  Eugene on Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:23 am

    The Oscar winning actress, who appeared in the sci-fi film ‘Contact’, was among those who donated over $200,000 to the SETI institute.
    Budget cuts had forced the Californian-based science programme, which has been searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, to switch off their high powered antenna scanning the skies for radio transmission.
    The $50m Allen Telescope Array had to be put into ‘hibernation’ effectively ending the quest to make contact with alien life forms.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024253/Actress-Jodie-Foster-helped-start-search-ET.html#ixzz1UaZBPEcY


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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  silverline on Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:55 pm

    Cool news. Thanks. sm75
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    Re: What I've learnt: Jodie Foster

    Post  Artful_Dodger on Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:33 pm

    I love that movie. Thank you JF!

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