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It had been Foster who first suggested Jordan to direct "The Brave One,” and the producers were immediately on board with the idea. Downey recalls, "Joel and I have been huge fans of Neil's work for a long time. Obviously, he's an incredible filmmaker and he is known for exploring complex, sometimes dangerous topics in a compelling way, so we both thought it was an amazing idea.”

"We sat down with Neil and talked about the script and our ideas for where the movie should go, and we were very much on the same page,” says Silver. "He had a great sense of the characters and brought so much to the development of the story. He's just a great talent.”

Foster comments, "I think Neil is fascinated by the moral dimensions of characters. His movies tend not to be easy black and white stories because the human animal often does things that cross the line and all of his films have dealt with that in different ways. I honestly have never worked with a director who is so intensely primal and organic in his choices and every choice he makes is about the characters.”

"I like characters who are confronted by things that lay between darkness and light, characters who have to cross moral boundaries,” states the director, who offers that "The Brave One” presented him with an opportunity to delve into several of the subjects he finds most intriguing, as well as to work with an actress he calls "an icon of the American cinema.”

Jordan remembers, "When I read the script the first time, I found it to be so compelling. Then I reread it several times, and each time I found something new. One of the most fascinating things was that it had a woman in what is normally a male preserve, and picturing Jodie as that character made it doubly so. The thought of working with her in this role just added to my compulsion, but even that was just part of the attraction. There were so many things in the mix, so many ideas contained in the story: there was the idea of this woman on the radio being this disembodied voice drifting through the city; there was the idea of danger found within the city she knew and loved; there was the idea of two different responses to injustice, one being a legal one and the other being individualistic acts of revenge. Which is right, which is wrong? Is either of them entirely right? When I looked at all of those elements, I realized that if I couldn't make something out of this, I must be getting either very old or very tired,” he laughs. "So I told them that as long as I had the freedom to mold the story and make the characters live and breathe, I was in.”

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