JODIE FOSTER loves Berlin for
its museums and architecture. But that doesn't mean she can't
enjoy a brat and a beer on the subway.
Not a single head turns when Jodie Foster blasts into the outdoor
café at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles. No eyebrows rise when
she sits down at a table in the middle of a packed alfresco dining
patio, and I pull out a tape recorder for our interview. Not one
eye stares as she begins taking me through an hour-long journey
into one of her favorite cities: Berlin. It seems strange that one
of the most famous actresses of her generation could blend into a
midday lunch crowd, with not one person, not to mention paparazzi,
But, then again, maybe it's not so strange at all. Foster has
always disappeared into her characters, from her Oscar-winning
turns in The Silence of the Lambs and The Accused to this month's
airborne psychological drama, Flightplan. On this sunny day, she
could just be another young LA woman with energy to burn, all of
her considerable life force focused on the city that has become
such a passion that, she says, she has in her bedroom "a very
famous photograph of the Russians planting a flag on the Reichstag
when they took over Berlin."
Foster recently returned to Berlin to film parts of Flightplan
after numerous visits in the past. "I have to say it is actually
the most exciting city in Europe," she says. "I'm a big fan of
Paris, and I've spent a lot of time in Rome, but Berlin's got
something going on. It's this new excitement about the future and
possibility. I love the city - I could blab on about it forever."
And with that, she's taking me through Berlin without taking a
breath, oblivious to the oblivious world around her.
How much has Berlin changed since your first visit?