Jodie Foster has played a hero on the big screen plenty of times, but this week she got a chance to do it in real life.
It happened Thursday after her friend and fellow actress Jamie Lee Curtis got into a serious car crash. Jamie was a passenger in a black Yukon SUV driving in a busy part of Venice, California, when the car crashed into a BMW.
The accident was so serious that Jamie and two other people had to be taken by ambulance to the emergency room. Ultimately Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t hurt too badly and was released from the hospital, but in the scary moments after the crash she placed a phone call for help — directly to Jodie Foster.
Jodie showed up almost immediately, witnesses said. There wasn’t a whole lot she could do to help, but sources say she comforted Jamie as they waited for the ambulance.
The timing was almost a little too perfect for Jodie Foster. Next week she appears in Elysium, the sci-fi action movie vying to be the summer’s blockbuster hit, and the car crash rescue of Jamie Lee Curtis seems like the perfect bit of publicity.
Jodie stars as the antagonist in Neill Blomkamp’s movie, a rare female villain in a summer blockbuster. In fact, the original role was written for a man, Blomkamp said in an interview with EW.com.
“I thought, ‘That would be f–king awesome, but there’s just no way,” Blomkamp said about putting Foster in the role. “But then, within, like, a day I had a meeting with her and she said, ‘I want to play it.’ I was like, ‘Holy sh-t!’ ”
Ironically, one of the other female villains in a summer movie — Helen Mirren in Monster’s University — was also a role originally written for a man.
But while she’s playing a bad guy on the big screen, Jodie Foster is still a real-life hero to Jamie Lee Curtis.