I don’t know why but I’ve always had a fascination with Jodie Foster. The first film I saw her in was Freaky Friday when I was about eight years old. She has unbelievably striking and beautiful blue eyes in that movie, and I think as a little boy her “tomboyish” vibe was appealing.
Then as a young adult I saw her in Nell, which was frankly a pretty bad movie. Then, of course Silence Of The Lambs, which was a great movie, one of the best films of the 90’s. She looked beautiful and her Appalachian accent in that movie gives me a hard-on every time I hear it.
Yesterday I just found out that Spike Lee bowed to the pressure and censored all of the 9/11 Truth parts of his new movie. Too bad. I was a huge fan of 25th Hour, and I thought Inside Man, which Foster was in, was passably good. Her performance was good, not great, but I don’t think the material she had to work with was all that strong. She certainly looked quite good in that role, and her vibe was exactly what business women wish they had. She has the powerful, “alpha” businesswoman quality but still managed to have a touch of flirty, submissive femininity, something mortal women simply cannot pull off.
Probably the first time I heard of Jodie Foster was regarding the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley Jr. Hinckley Sr. was a big time oil executive in Texas, and his other son, Scott Hinckley, was scheduled to have dinner with Neil Bush the night of the assassination. The Hinckley family were friends with the Bush family and had made significant campaign contributions to George H. W. Bush.
Part of what seems to me to be a cover story is that Hinckley was “stalking” Jodie Foster while she was attending Yale University, and had become obsessed with her due to her role in the movie Taxi Driver. So, the cover story is, this wasn’t a political assassination attempt by a friend of the former CIA director that, if successful, would have put George H. W. Bush in the White House. Instead, it was just a random crazy guy acting out a movie. As the news anchor said when they claimed to have found one of the hijacker’s passport in the rubble of the World Trade Center, “if you can believe that …”
I did see Taxi Driver at some point in college, although I didn’t really know who Jodie Foster was at the time, and I thought the film, like A Clockwork Orange, was overrated. Don’t get me wrong, both films are good, even excellent, but I find their reputations to be more than they deserve. Just a couple of years ago, I saw a TV edit of The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, which I thought had some very strong acting by Foster and Martin Sheen, and it was quite suspenseful, but I immediately recognized it as belonging to the string of films they made in the 1970’s trying to mainstream what amounts to child porn.
Reading about the film, I found out that the director, Nicolas Gessner, pressured Jodie Foster, then 13, to film a nude scene. She claims to have walked off the set, and her own mother suggested using Jodie’s older sister, Connie, then 21, as a body double.
A producer’s desire for “sex and violence” led to a nude scene depicting Rynn being added to the film. Foster strongly objected, saying “I walked off the set”. As a result, her older sister Connie acted as the nude double. Her mother had suggested Connie, who was 21 at the time. Following the release of Taxi Driver, the industry shared stories of Foster having conflicts during the production of The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. However, Gessner claimed Foster only regretted the scene after it was shot, and her request that it be deleted was denied by the Canadian producers.
Just like Pizzagate and QAnon, the 1980’s “Satanic Panic” may have gotten the details wrong, but in a general sense they were quite on the nose. Considering Jodie Foster has been acting in Hollywood since she was four years old, it seems quite unlikely that she wasn’t on the receiving end of the attentions of various pedophiles and perverts, which may have contributed to her seeming lack of interest in intimate relationships with men. To her credit, she ignored all of the pressure for her to be “Ellen Part Two” and make a big deal about her relationship with a woman.
Foster’s sexual orientation became the subject of public discussion in 1991 when publications such as OutWeek and The Village Voice, protesting against the alleged homophobia and transphobia in The Silence of the Lambs, claimed that she was a closeted lesbian.
These people are just nasty.
Foster is likely a genius, as she was accepted to Yale, graduating magna cum laude in 1985. Considering that university’s historical ties to CIA, it may be a bit of the puzzle of her relationship to the Reagan assassination attempt. She attended a French school and speaks the language fluently, and many French observers have said her accent and pronunciation are flawless, as good as a native speaker.
Jodie Foster is American royalty, a patrilineal descendant of John Alden, “a crew member on the historic 1620 voyage of the Mayflower which brought the English settlers commonly known as Pilgrims to Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts, US.”
I did see The Accused but when I was young and barely remember it.
I watched The Beaver, a very strange film Foster directed and starred in with Mel Gibson. Jodie Foster did possibly more than anyone to salvage Gibson’s career after his controversial remarks about the Israel lobby and their pushing for the Iraq war. The Beaver is truly a strange film, but it works. Both Foster and Gibson were excellent in what must have been very difficult and complex roles.
I had hoped to find out that Mel Gibson was the secret biological father of Foster’s two sons, but apparently instead it’s a producer named Randy Stone, described as “gay” and Foster’s “best friend forever.” Her sons look nothing like Gibson but do have at least a passing resemblance to Stone.
So as you can see, I haven’t even really seen that many of her films. I do remember as a teenager and a young man she was often on the covers of magazines I would see at the mall, and I would occasionally see an interview of her on TV. I always found her to be extremely beautiful, with a charming, feminine mystique, and a alluring voice, whether speaking in English, French, or feigning an Appalachian drawl.
Her background and Yale/CIA connections have always fascinated me, although there is probably not really all that much to it, really. Her courage in standing by her friends who were targets of antigoyimism, like Spike Lee and Mel Gibson, is admirable.
Well, that’s it I guess, just a fun post about an interesting woman who has intersected various things I’ve researched for the last twenty years.