Jodie Foster reveals she had to undergo psychological testing for Taxi Driver movie

Jodie Foster reveals she had to undergo psychological testing at age 12 to play child prostitute in groundbreaking film Taxi Driver


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Jodie Foster has revealed that she had to undergo extensive psychological testing to land her breakthrough role in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

The film caused controversy for the casting of then 12-year-old Foster as a child prostitute.

Speak with OKAY! Magazine, the actress, 58, told how she attended sessions with a UCLA psychiatrist to make sure she didn’t get emotional scars.

Hard: Jodie Foster has revealed she had to undergo extensive psychological testing to land her breakthrough role in the 1976 film Taxi Driver

Hard: Jodie Foster has revealed she had to undergo extensive psychological testing to land her breakthrough role in the 1976 film Taxi Driver

She said: “People thought I was too young to play the role of a prostitute and people lawyers in the California government wanted to make sure I was psychologically ready. I had to do some tests.

“For me it was a movie that was kind of a transformation in the cinema, it was the golden age of American movies, it was an arthouse movie and I was very proud to be in it.

“It was destiny, it was destiny and I was very lucky.”

Backlash: The film sparked controversy over the casting of then 12-year-old Foster in the role of child prostitute

Backlash: The film sparked controversy over the casting of then 12-year-old Foster in the role of child prostitute

Backlash: The film sparked controversy over the casting of then 12-year-old Foster in the role of child prostitute

Jodie was nominated for an Academy Award for Taxi Driver, but was beaten by Beatrice Straight.

Taxi Driver told the story of Bickle (Robert De Niro) who took a job as a taxi driver and dreamed of violently cleaning up the streets of New York.

It is widely regarded as one of the great American films. It has been ranked as the 31st best film ever made – along with the Godfather Part II – by the British Film Institute and 47th best by the American Film Institute.

Hollywood blockbuster: Taxi Driver told the story of Bickle (Robert De Niro) who took a job as a taxi driver and dreamed of violently cleaning up the streets of New York

Hollywood blockbuster: Taxi Driver told the story of Bickle (Robert De Niro) who took a job as a taxi driver and dreamed of violently cleaning up the streets of New York

Hollywood blockbuster: Taxi Driver told the story of Bickle (Robert De Niro) who took a job as a taxi driver and dreamed of violently cleaning up the streets of New York

In July, Jodie was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award Palme d’Or at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival.

The Silence of the Lambs star has been honored with many accolades throughout her long and prolific career, starting in the early 1970s.

Some of her early appearances include a small role in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore with Ellen Burstyn in 1974, Bugsy Malone and more recent appearances in this year’s The Mauritanian.

Congratulations: In July, Jodie was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award Palme d'Or at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival (pictured)

Congratulations: In July, Jodie was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award Palme d'Or at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival (pictured)

Congratulations: In July, Jodie was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award Palme d’Or at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival (pictured)

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