More on Casting Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster and Jonathan Demme Didn't Want to Make Silence of the Lambs Together at First
Orion

Finally, Orion Pictures asked him to take another meeting with Foster, rather than signing Dern. He said they argued that Foster had just won an Oscar for The Accused, and that Dern was much less well-known.

He agreed to meet Foster, but was still determined not to hire her — until he watched her exit down the hallway.

“And I thought about how much she loved that part, and how much my partners at Orion wanted her in that part, and I was like, “ehhhh, I’ll go with her.”

He added: “Look what happened. I fell madly in love with her,” Demme told Anderson.

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