While actor-filmmaker Jodie Foster was earning her first Oscar nomination at the age of 13 for Taxi Driver, Clooney, around 15 at the time, wasn’t allowed to watch the movie, he shared, reports people.com.
“I wasn’t allowed to see that one. She was allowed to be in it, but I wasn’t allowed to watch it,” Clooney said in an interview for the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. The explicit violence in Taxi Driver was considered controversial when it was released.
Director Martin Scorsese has since revealed the MPAA originally gave the film an ‘X’ rating, before scenes were altered to appear less gory.
While Foster, 12 then, played a young prostitute, filmmakers went through great lengths to protect the actor from the explicit dialogue and action.