BY STEVE WEINTRAUB
She also talks about why she is so selective with the roles she
takes on and why she said yes to ‘The Mauritanian’.
With director Kevin Macdonald’s Guantanamo Bay drama The
Mauritanian opening in select theaters this weekend, I recently got to speak
with Jodie Foster about playing defense attorney Nancy Hollander in the film.
Written by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani and based on the NY
Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the film
tells the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained
and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Led by an
incredible lead performance by Tahar Rahim (who was recently nominated for a
Golden Globe), the movie also stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the military
prosecutor trying to convict Slahi, Shailene Woodley as Foster’s associate
lawyer, and Zachary Levi as a CIA agent. For more on the film watch the trailer or read
Matt Goldberg’s review.
During the interview with Foster, she talked
about why she’s so selective with the roles she takes on and what was it about
The Mauritanian that got her to say yes, why Kevin Macdonald was the right
filmmaker to tell Slahi’s story, how the iguanas on the base were treated
better than the prisoners, and more. In addition, she shared a fun story about
making David Fincher’s Panic Room, what she’s currently developing to direct,
and we briefly talked about the ending of Robert Zemeckis’ Contact and Carl