Although it won none of the four Oscars it was nominated for
at the time, the film about an obsessed, lonely Vietnam veteran
with insomnia who drives his taxi through the streets has since
been hailed by critics as one of the best movies of all time.
Foster, who was just 12 years old when she was cast as a young
prostitute, said she had watched the movie again a few days ago.
"It's funny seeing yourself so young and yet you have the same
gestures and the same voice, and the same physical patterns,"
Foster told Reuters. While many around her were concerned about
the young actress taking on the role of a prostitute, Foster
said she took on an "instinctual" approach. “I didn't think
about it too much. I read the script, I loved the script and I
played the character and that was that."
The 40th anniversary was marked with a screening on Thursday at
the Tribeca Film Festival in New York which De Niro founded in
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