*This Friday the 13th, spend your day with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, in the financial thriller, ‘Money Monster!’
The legendary, Jodie Foster, who directed Americas cutest on-screen siblings, sat down with EURweb and talked morals, algorithms and big money checks.
EURweb: Kyle (Jack O’Connell’s character) wants to use his big inheritance to buy a piece of the American dream. What did you spend your first big figure check on?
Jodie Foster: Kyle is the every man. He had a job, he worked hard, he saved his money, took care of his mom, and he listened to this guy who said, ‘this is the right thing to do,’ and then he got screwed. I think that’s a rage people have. He’s part of a generation who thinks…they did the right thing, so they should get the right results, and then those results aren’t available to them.
My first check…I’ve been working since I am three, so I was always a little anxious about money. I’m sure I had no terrible reason to be anxious, but if I didn’t work it was a big deal to my family, because I was the provider and I had to think about bills. My mom used to pawn something for Christmas and then she would spend the rest of the year buying it again and then she’d pawn it again. The first thing I spent my own money on, as opposed to the family coming together, was when I was 20 and had just finished a movie (‘The Blood of Others’), so I organized a trip to India. I went to a travel agent, I was there every day. It was something that I did on my own and it was after a really difficult movie. I felt like this was something I lived through, all this pain, so now I’m going to do this.
EURweb: Lee Gates (George Clooney’s character) is a fast talking, flashy, financial TV host advising viewers on stocks and investments…Do TV people have a moral responsibility to their audiences?
Jodie Foster: Every citizen has a moral responsibility and to make people better and not worse. By virtue of making themselves better and not worse, but we get confused about what that is. For example, Lee Gates thinks he wants to be valuable, so he’s like, “if I make 20 more dollars on this stock, I’m 20 more dollars valuable.’ We have this problem with accounting value with how much we’re worth on the market. It just shows you how bad we feel about ourselves.
EURweb: ‘Money Monster’ talks about the stock market, conspiracy and algorithms. For most people algorithms sound like mythical creatures, can you explain what an algorithm is?
Jodie Foster: I know what it is, but I’m not sure how it works. I have absolutely no math aptitude, I believe something bad happened to me. I don’t know, maybe something fell on my head, as a child. There is a part of my brain that can’t understand a number. If you ask me what a eight plus six is, I can’t tell you and I’ve learned that many times in school. So, it’s like something is wrong with me.