Jodie Foster has shared some behind-the-scenes details about the role that scored the Hollywood star her first Oscar nomination.
In a new interview with the UK edition of OK! magazine, the 58-year-old reflected on her 1976 film Taxi Driver, in which her stellar performance as child sex worker Iris landed her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.
But Foster, who was 12 when the movie was filmed, revealed she had to undergo extensive psychological tests prior to starring in the Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama to ensure she would not be left traumatised.
“People thought I was too young to play the part of a prostitute and people — lawyers, that is — in the government of California, wanted to make sure I was psychologically ready. I had to do some tests,” she told the publication.
“For me, it’s a film which was a kind of transformation in the cinema, it was the golden age of American films, it was an arthouse film and I was very proud to be in it. It was destiny, it was fate and I was very lucky.”
Forster has opened up about her controversial role in previous interviews, saying on The Graham Norton Show in 2016 her character made many “uncomfortable” on set.
“I was 12 years old and had made more movies than anyone else on the film at that point,” she recalled. “They were very uncomfortable about my character. Nobody knew how to direct me.
“Scorsese would say something like, ‘Unzip his fly’ and just start laughing and not know what to do, so he would hand it over to [co-star] Robert De Niro and then Robert would tell me what to do. And he was even more ‘Robert De Niro’ then, even quieter and more strange.”
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