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Jodie Foster Pays Tribute to Anton Yelchin, A ‘Rare & Beautiful Soul’

Foster directed the actor in 2011's "The Beaver."

Anton Yelchin in The Beaver

Jodie Foster, who directed Anton Yelchin in her 2011 film “The Beaver,” has commented on the up-and-coming actor’s untimely passing in an accident outside his home early this morning. In a statement provided to Indiewire, she called the 27-year-old a “rare and beautiful soul” she was honored to have worked with. Read her full statement below.

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“Anton… What a rare and beautiful soul with his unstoppable passion for life. He was equal parts serious thinker and the most fun little brother you could ever dream of. I am so honored to have been able to direct such a deep actor, so committed and genuine. I will forever be grateful for all of those little exchanges we shared, his contagious enthusiasm, his questions, his company. My heart breaks for his mom and dad who were a part of every anecdote. He carried their love into everything he touched.”

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“The Beaver” also starred Mel Gibson, Foster herself and Jennifer Lawrence, who Yelchin also co-starred with in “Like Crazy.” The film premiered at South by Southwest in 2011 and was released later the same year.

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