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Finding Foster

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Finding Foster

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Jon Foster leaps into the limelight with two new films this summer.

Jon Foster has a way of holding your attention when he speaks to you, by asking as many questions as he answers while maintaining steady eye contact. It isn't creepy or intimidating - it's hot. Maybe it's thanks to his upbringing in a transcendental meditation community in Iowa, but now he's a million miles away from all of that in the penthouse of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and it's hard not to be entirely distracted by the tattoo on his groin creeping above his waistline. He explains that it's back-to-back E's, standing for "engage" and "expand." It's a tattoo he shares with his older brother by four years, the actor Ben Foster, who, Jon good-naturedly says, "forced" him into the business at the age of 13.

Raised by very supportive parents who moved themselves cross-country twice for the sake of their children's careers, it was Ben who was the Mama Rose in his childhood, if there ever was one. "I got an agent when I was 13 but didn't really care about it all, but my brother was like, "You don't have a fucking choice - I'm making you act, and if you don't, I'm beating the shit out of you,' " Foster remembers. "And every time I try to quit, which still happens quite often, he always steps in and says, 'Nope, you have to do this. We're in this together.'"

Thanks to Ben, you can see all of Jon, minus his tattoos, in the film adaptation of The Informers, Bret Easton Ellis's seminal collection of short stories focused on the depraved lives of 1980s LA. dilettantes. "We were all naked, all the time! The makeup guy was a magician with the spray gun," he laughs. "My abs aren't real; neither are my pecs. It's all makeup, light, and shading!" As the son of a studio exec absentee father (Billy Bob Thornton) and a pill-popping mother (Kim Basinger, who played Foster's lover in the first film he starred in, 2004's The Door in the Floor - "Playing her son was cool. …

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