Award winning film star, Ben Foster, has been wowing his audiences, with his sensitive and versatile performances, since he was 16 years old. His recent roles have been as diverse as playing a cowboy in “3:10 to Yuma”, an astronaut in “Pandorum” and an Iraqi war veteran in “The Messenger“. Choosing to play such differing roles should ensure that he is unlikely to be typecast!
Like a growing number of celebrities he practises Transcendental Meditation. No matter how early in the morning the film shoot starts, Ben is always up in time to fit in a session of meditation beforehand, as he finds it enhances his creativity and boosts his energy levels. Ben learnt Transcendental Meditation as a schoolboy and has always valued the technique.
Ben finds the film making process fascinating and says: “It’s so abstract what we do, because it’s about feeling and that’s so elusive. In a very basic way reading the script, you know 100 times, it slowly starts to reveal itself. You start seeing patterns and levels that weren’t apparent and that maybe the writer didn’t intend, and you’re connecting in your own way and it [the film] starts unfolding.” Look out for Ben’s latest film “The Mechanic” (released January 2011). As ever he gives a great performance and adds a quirky intensity to the role. May you continue to bring great strength and depth of understanding to your future roles, Ben.