Dec 24, 2013
Job Interviews with Ben Foster, Star of "The Laramie Project"
In January 1985, when I living in Texas but back in Rock Island for the holidays, I applied for a job at a boys' prep school affiliated with Maharishi International University (my friend Corey from Augustana went there). They called me to campus, gave me a tour, had me teach a sample class, and I never heard from them again. Ben, then aged 4 1/2, was enrolled in the preschool, so I probably saw him during the campus tour.
In 1996, I applied for a job at Disney Studios. Ben, age 16, was then starring in the teencom Flash Forward. (It was actually filmed in Canada, but he spent a lot of time in Burbank).
In 2003, when I was living in Florida, I applied for a job at the University of Tampa. During my interview, Ben was on campus filming The Punisher.
Ben specializes in playing scruffy, craggy sociopaths (and the superhero Angel in the X-Men series). But gay audiences might know him best for The Laramie Project (2002), based on the Montana hate crime: he played Aaron Kreifels, the bicyclist who discovered Matthew Shepherd.
Six Feet Under (2003-2005): Russell Corwin, a straight guy who has sex with men.
The remake of The Mechanic (2011): a retiring hit man (Jason Statham) teach his craft to his apprentice/boyfriend (Ben).
Beat Generation murder mystery, Kill Your Darlings (2013): gay writer William Burroughs (right, with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg).