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.
“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.”
“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.