A sharp short bob, a Sunday dress, warm greetings to everyone who was introduced as if they had known each other for a while, and the constant swirling of her chair, two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster is that Hollywood royalty who doesn’t act like one. The actress, who has won a Golden Globe under the Best Performance By An Actress In a Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture category for The Mauritanian, is friendly and answers some hard questions with utmost honesty.
In a video roundtable interview — which Bombay Times was a part of — Foster spoke about her latest character Nancy Hollander, a feisty lawyer fighting the case of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Salahi, in filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s upcoming feature film on the aftermath of 9/11, titled The Mauritanian. In our brief chat, the actress touches upon topics ranging from her love for India and wanting to come back to how she is mesmerised by Tahar Rahim’s portrayal of a man wrapped in faith and goodness. An excerpt from that conversation:
A lot of your scenes in the movie are with Tahar Rahim — right from those intense moments to filming in an eight-by-eight prison cell. How was it shooting in a confined space? And what do you think of his portrayal of the character?
I think Tahar is amazing. I mean, what an extraordinary actor! I knew him from A Prophet; he was extraordinary in that, and I’ve been watching him ever since. When I heard that he was going to play Mohamedou, I was all in, and I just thought that was such an amazing choice. Yes, it’s an intense portrayal. And I think it is very true to who Mohamedou is. In real life, Mohamedou is just this amazing being who was able to go through fear and terror with humanity. That he was able to take his faith and become a decent, loving, affectionate, joyful and happy person. That’s an extraordinary lesson.
News Source: ETimes