Martin Scorsese and Jodie Foster


Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese turns 80 years old on Thursday, Nov. 17, while his “Taxi Driver” star and fellow director Jodie Foster celebrates her 60th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 19. These are just the latest milestones achieved by the famous pair.

Let’s test how much you know about their long, often intertwined careers in the movie industry with the following quiz.         

1.    “Taxi Driver” was the second time the two had worked together. Scorsese had previously directed Foster in what 1974 film?     

2.    Martin Scorsese has amassed 14 Academy Award nominations throughout the years, while Jodie Foster has earned four. Which won the most?   

3.    Infamously, John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, did so because of his obsession with Jodie Foster and her teenage prostitute character in “Taxi Driver.” True or false, Hinckley is distantly related to Martin Scorsese.                                                           

4.    Both Scorsese and Foster were honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Who got theirs first?                                                               

5.    Martin Scorsese once taught future Oscar-winning writer-director Spike Lee at NYU. Lee later directed Jodie Foster in what 2006 film?             

6.    Foster starred in 1990’s “Catchfire” for co-star and director Dennis Hopper. Which of Martin Scorsese’s frequent collaborators has an uncredited supporting role in the comedy-drama: Harvey Keitel, Scorsese’s mother Catherine Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio or Joe Pesci?                                     

7.    Scorsese is famed for his critically acclaimed gangster movies. What non-Scorsese mobster movie was Foster’s immediate follow-up to “Taxi Driver”?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

8.    Scorsese and Foster almost worked together in another film, but the period piece’s 20-year journey to the screen caused the actress to ultimately drop out. Name the 2002 movie.       

9.    In 1992, Foster won an Oscar for the previous year’s “The Silence of the Lambs.” At the same ceremony, her “Taxi Driver” co-star Robert De Niro was nominated as best actor for the third time in a Martin Scorsese movie. What was it?                                                                                         

10.    Martin Scorsese came to Albany and Troy in 1992 to shoot “The Age of Innocence.” Which one of his main actresses, Michelle Pfeiffer or Oscar-nominated Winona Ryder, had been the first choice for an iconic role in another director’s movie a few years before but turned it down because the script was “evil,” paving the way for Jodie Foster to make the part her own? 



1.    “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”                                                                                                                                                                               
2.    Foster won two Oscars, both lead actress statuettes for “The Accused” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Scorsese only has one for directing “The Departed.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
3.    False, but according to several genealogy websites, Foster and Hinckley are ninth cousins once removed. But Hinckley’s family tree is apparently connected to many famous folks, including, amazingly enough, Nancy Reagan.                                                                                                                   
4.    Scorsese got his star in 2003, Foster in 2016                                                                                                                                                                   
5.    “The Inside Man”                                                                                                                                                                                                             
6.    Joe Pesci                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
7.    “Bugsy Malone”                                                                                                                                                                                                               
8.    “Gangs of New York”                                                                                                                                                                                                      
9.    “Cape Fear”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
10.    Jonathan Demme cast his “Married to the Mob” leading lady Michelle Pfeiffer as FBI agent Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs,” but she turned him down because in the movie “evil won in the end.”




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