"Beaver" maker Jodie Foster sees more directing ahead

Mon May 2, 2011 1:34pm EDT
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By Kelley Shannon

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Most people look forward to their 60s and 70s as retirement years, but Jodie Foster expects to be acting during that time of her life in something of a career rebirth.

The actress, who began her career as a child, sees her new film drama "The Beaver," which she directed, land in theaters on Friday, and she told Reuters that for the next decade, she will likely focus on directing more than acting because she finds that the parts she gets offered in middle-age just aren't too interesting.

"I think I'm looking more forward to the stuff I'll play in my 60s and 70s," Foster, 48, said in March at the South by Southwest festival in Austin where "The Beaver" premiered.

The Oscar-winning actress also finds herself in roles that require her to be heavily involved in promotion "on the cover of a magazine...which I'm not that interested in."

She would rather be behind the camera right now, exploring topics in films that have an edge or themes that may be complex, much like "The Beaver."

"These are really the years for me to direct," she said.

Foster's third and latest foray into film directing is her first time behind the camera since 1995's "Home for the Holidays." Her other directing effort was 1991's "Little Man Tate." Both movies were well-received, if not universally liked, and so far "The Beaver" has won mostly good, early reviews coming out of South by Southwest.

The Hollywood Reporter called it "a risky bet that pays off solidly," and said it "survives its life/art parallels to deliver a hopeful portrait of mental illness that while quirky is serious and sensitive."   Continued...