BEN FOSTER (Matt "Axe" Axelson) was most recently seen in
David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, alongside Rooney Mara and Casey
Affleck, and John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane
DeHaan and Michael C. Hall. The Village Voice noted about both performances that
"Foster dazzled as the young William Burroughs on the edges of the Beat
true-crime tale Darlings, then impressed even more as a kindly deputy trying to
keep the peace in Saints, a performance that evokes the young Gene Hackman in
its understated masculine authority."
In an Indiwire survey of critics, Foster's work in Ain't Them Bodies Saints
was ranked the Best Supporting Performance of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Earlier this year, Foster made his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin and
Tom Sturridge in a revival of Lyle Kessler's play Orphans.
In 2009, Foster starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton in Oren
Moverman's The Messenger. The film, a moving portrayal of one soldier's journey
to re-assimilate after his turn in Iraq, was an official selection at the 2009
Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Peace
Film Award at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Grand
Special Prize for Best Film at the 2009 Deauville Film Festival. Foster reteamed
with Moverman in 2011 to co-star in and produce Rampart, which tells the story
of a veteran police officer who gets caught up in a corruption scandal. Foster
portrays a homeless man at the center of the scandal.
In 2007, his portrayal of outlaw and a cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in
James Mangold's 3:10 to Yuma, earned Foster rave reviews. Of his performance,
Todd McCarthy of Variety noted that Foster "puts the kind of indelible imprint
on this juicy role that, in earlier eras, allowed such thesps as Lee Marvin,
Richard Boone, Dan Duryea, James Coburn, Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef, Strother
Martin and others to immortalize themselves in the annals of Western villainy.
He is a mad delight to watch." The cast received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Foster's additional credits include Fernando Meirelles' 360, Baltasar
Kormákur's Contraband, Braden King's Here, Simon West's The Mechanic, Nick
Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, Brett Ratner's blockbuster X-Men: The Last Stand, David
Slade's 30 Days of Night, Florent-Emilio Siri's Hostage and Barry Levinson's
Liberty Heights, which marked his film debut.
On the small screen, Foster portrayed Russell Corwin for three seasons on
HBO's critically acclaimed drama Six Feet Under, which won the 2004 SAG Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He was also a part
of the Primetime Emmy-nominated HBO telefilm The Laramie Project. Foster
appeared on several episodes of the cult hit Freaks and Geeks as the mentally
handicapped student Eli, and Foster's lead performance in Showtime's Bang Bang
You're Dead garnered him a Daytime Emmy Award.
Foster is currently shooting as the lead in Stephen Frears' biopic of Lance
Armstrong, for Working Title Films.