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Jodie Foster -- too boring for indie film? Let her tell the story

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Jodie Foster‘s made a bunch of independent movies, she said, and she ran an independent film company -- so why doesn’t she act in more of them?

‘I don’t think I’m well suited for them,’ she said on the red carpet Friday night at the Independent Spirit Awards, where she was to present an award with ‘Hurt Locker’ star Jeremy Renner. Her very linear way of storytelling is ‘kind of boring’ for indie movies, which are ‘more circular, defying genres instead of sticking to them,’ she says.

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‘I like doing films that are about solitary characters. I like a singular journey, as an actress -- I like a linear portrait, and those things aren’t hugely ‘indie movies.’’

She’s in post production on ‘The Beaver,’ which she directed. It stars Mel Gibson and should come out this fall. Gibson, she says, ‘can do anything.’ (Good thing, because the film is about a guy who walks around with a beaver puppet on his hand.)

‘He is crazy and wild, he has that wildness and the madness, but he is also an incredibly disciplined storyteller.’

-- Amy Kaurman and Christie D’Zurilla

Video credit: Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times

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