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Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Birthday: 29 October 1980, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Birth Name: Benjamin A. Foster
Height: 175 cm

Ben Foster was born October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, restaurant owners. His younger brother is actor Jon Foster. His paternal grandparents were from Russ ...Show more

Ben Foster
[Talking about meditation practices] It's always difficult. To feel, rather than to think, to tap in Show more [Talking about meditation practices] It's always difficult. To feel, rather than to think, to tap into that source and let it come through you. It takes courage. Because we feel it and then we get scared and we analyze it. We live in this thought web, we identify things and put them away and distance ourselves from them. But to be completely present? That is source, that is art, that is spirituality. And meditation is a way to defy fear and experience that source. *Laughs* I know this is all esoteric and weird. Hide
[when asked if he'd be up for singing and dancing in a film] I hope so! I'm hoping someone will let Show more [when asked if he'd be up for singing and dancing in a film] I hope so! I'm hoping someone will let me, 'cause I think everything is a dance. I mean, my favorite movie is All That Jazz. I just eat it up. Hide
[on director Nick Cassavetes] Nick is magic. He doesn't tell you what he wants, he allows. And as lo Show more [on director Nick Cassavetes] Nick is magic. He doesn't tell you what he wants, he allows. And as long as you're taking chances and he feels that you are being truthful to yourself, then you can do no wrong. Hide
When X-men came around, it was a vacation. Like living in a theme park for six months. I got to fly Show more When X-men came around, it was a vacation. Like living in a theme park for six months. I got to fly around and kick bad guys' asses. Hide
[when asked for acting advice] [...] be bad. Give yourself permission to be terrible and celebrate t Show more [when asked for acting advice] [...] be bad. Give yourself permission to be terrible and celebrate that 'cause it's really about moving through a room in the darkness, and you're bumping into furniture. It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's- that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself. Be terrible, because you're gonna find something gorgeous and stunning that will sustain you for the rest of your life. Hide
[on preparing for his character in Liberty Heights (1999)] The big goal for me was just to get the m Show more [on preparing for his character in Liberty Heights (1999)] The big goal for me was just to get the mental state of mind, this kind of pure innocence. My generation is pretty jaded, pretty cynical. Everything happens really fast. Too much, too fast. So I got all the Life and Look magazines from '54 to '55, stuff that would be at the family's house, on the coffee table. I listened to all the Columbia years of Frank Sinatra, stuff that would probably be on the radio. I talked to my grandmother and looked through her photo album. I talked to my dad. Hide
[on acting and his role in Alpha Dog (2006)] "It is cathartic. You do learn a lot. This part in part Show more [on acting and his role in Alpha Dog (2006)] "It is cathartic. You do learn a lot. This part in particular was a lot of realizing where man's weaknesses, where my weaknesses, are. The best direction that Nick gave me was, "you're a fast car that doesn't handle well." So I just went for it. But if I try to over-intellectualize it, my heart leaves it. Because when I was in it, I was possessed." Hide
[on getting the part in Liberty Heights (1999)] "It was so surreal just to audition for it to begin Show more [on getting the part in Liberty Heights (1999)] "It was so surreal just to audition for it to begin with. When I got the call I was passed out. I was at my family's house, just taking a break from my apartment, and my mom came and knocked on my door. I said, "Leave me alone!". She said, "No, wake up!" I had drool down my face, I picked up the phone, and my manager said, "You got it!" and I proceeded to do a parade around the house in my underpants for a good couple hours." Hide
(On wearing wings for the part of "Angel" in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)) Angels don't sit, apparen Show more (On wearing wings for the part of "Angel" in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)) Angels don't sit, apparently, so they just kind of pose and stand or sleep on couches face-down. Hide
I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacri Show more I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice. Everything else is an illusion. I'm not trying to preach here. I can't tell anybody anything. But I will say, if you're available to them, there are so many great secrets in the world, so many signs. It's when we stop for a moment and listening that the world gets interesting. Hide
(On creating his characters) "Every role, every gig, you have to find a quality and you have to love Show more (On creating his characters) "Every role, every gig, you have to find a quality and you have to love the person. Not just like him, but love the person so you can care about what they care about." Hide
[on his movie Big Trouble (2002)] "It was more of a crappy farce than a black comedy. I took the job Show more [on his movie Big Trouble (2002)] "It was more of a crappy farce than a black comedy. I took the job so I could work with such a great director. But in the end, it ended up living up it its name. I've learned that calling a film a black comedy is like the kiss of death." Hide
[re role in play "Orphans"] I hadn't been pursuing theater actively. This was really the first play Show more [re role in play "Orphans"] I hadn't been pursuing theater actively. This was really the first play that I'd read to be considered before. Reading it was like holding something electric in your hands. The language is deceptively simple and aggressive. There was this feeling of seizure: "I don't know if I can do this.' Hide
[on his Jewish upbringing, in Iowa] There was a Catholic church that got renovated, and they put a J Show more [on his Jewish upbringing, in Iowa] There was a Catholic church that got renovated, and they put a Jewish star on it and called it Beth Sholom. That was our temple... [while I'm not] that religious, Judaism has put a great deal of spirituality in my life which I value deeply. Hide
You spend all day thinking about something and considering. For example, the movie, The Messenger (2 Show more You spend all day thinking about something and considering. For example, the movie, The Messenger (2009)...(exploring) grief, loss, the inevitable. Something we all go through. Something we all have experience with. Making the phone call, receiving the phone call that a loved one is no longer with us. You spend all day considering that - it's hard to shake. It's natural. I think it's normal. I would be worried about people who could turn that off. Power to them. I'm grateful for every experience, every film that allows a period of time to consider that and to feel these presented questions. But it takes a while. And, hopefully, if you do ask these questions and you are truthful with yourself, you meet yourself along the way. Hide
[Discussing his role in Hostage (2005)] In the novel, my character was written as a 400-pound, 30-ye Show more [Discussing his role in Hostage (2005)] In the novel, my character was written as a 400-pound, 30-year-old massive force. Since I am not that, I had to find a different direction. I based my character on a serial who saw his parents die and now has a fetish for little girls and watching people die. Hide
The heat around young actors burns out. Natural ability and magnetism only get you so far. The rest Show more The heat around young actors burns out. Natural ability and magnetism only get you so far. The rest is hard work. Hide
Ben Foster's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (35)
Ben Foster Ben Foster'S roles
Spacker Dave
Spacker Dave

Medivh
Medivh

Sebastian Abney
Sebastian Abney

Matt 'Axe' Axelson
Matt 'Axe' Axelson

Russell Corwin
Russell Corwin

Eli
Eli

The Stranger
The Stranger

Will
Will

Charlie Prince
Charlie Prince

Steve McKenna
Steve McKenna

Bertrand Zobrist
Bertrand Zobrist

William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs

Berke Landers
Berke Landers

Glenn
Glenn

Mars Krupcheck
Mars Krupcheck

Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery
Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery

Tanner Howard
Tanner Howard

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong

Warren Worthington III
Warren Worthington III

Patrick Wheeler
Patrick Wheeler

General Terry
General Terry

Jake Mazursky
Jake Mazursky

Bower
Bower

Roy
Roy

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