Indiewire talked to Ben about his upcoming releases, prepping his directorial debut with Oren Moverman, and his acting range.
Indiewire: You’ve managed over your career to deftly straddle both indies and Hollywood fare. Which world do you feel most comfortable in as an artist?
Ben Foster: There are different strengths and weaknesses, but I feel like it would be unfair to generalize it as it usually is by saying “Well, you gotta do one for them and one for you, gotta pay rent, wink, wink.”
Actors are incredibly well paid, less so in the last five to 10 years, but it really comes down to who are you working with, is what makes the project. If you have more toys it doesn’t make it a better movie, and just because you don’t have a trailer doesn’t make it a more authentic film. It’s who are you working with and how do you communicate with one another.
Foster acts like a badass in real life. As Dispatches was walking into the darkened theater, Foster was walking out at a fast clip, and he didn’t slow. He just kept getting closer and closer, until he was up in my face. I called him on it. “I’m sorry,” he demurred, as if he wasn’t. “I just don’t like to watch my own films.” Dispatches flashed back to other great young actors I’ve met over the years who had similar bravado—Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger. I felt the chill of greatness.