At his photo shoot a week later, he�s lost the Mohawk and is gamely posing in a pair of tight white jeans. After taking a few shots, the photographer points out what everyone has been quietly discussing since Foster showed up on the set: �That�s a big package you�ve got there, Ben!� Not even attempting to feign embarrassment, he flashes everyone a smile that�s more than mischievous and a little less than menacing. In less than 20 minutes he�s successfully seduced three gay men and a lesbian.
In his upcoming film 30 Days of Night, due in October, Foster plays a drifter living in a darkness-draped Alaskan town invaded by vampires. While the rest of the town seeks ways to flee, his character is looking for a way to join their ranks. The movie, based on the graphic novel of the same name, costars Josh Hartnett and was produced by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi.
�It�s a stone-cold horror film�with intelligence. It was completely terrifying when we were rolling and a great laugh when we weren�t,� he says. �Vampires at the craft services table; victims in various states of death, smoking cigarettes�every day was fucking Halloween.�
The six-week shoot in New Zealand was far from a harrowing experience. �New Zealand is everything you�ve heard�the most beautiful landscape anywhere, period. And then to be able to work with my friend [Hard Candy director David Slade] on a vampire movie every night was just excellent.�
Often characterized by casting directors as �moody� or �intense,� Foster was looking to play a lighter role until 3:10 to Yuma presented itself: �I�ve played a lot of damaged, violent people and was hoping for some sweeping romantic thing, but Yuma came up, and you can�t really pass on playing cowboy with Russell Crowe.�
In the remake of the classic 1957 Western film, released in September, Foster plays a bloodthirsty gunslinger, and though his approach to his character may not seem obvious, it completely clicked with director James Mangold�s vision. �All of the research I did for this role was looking at glam rockers. I saw the whole thing as one big rock �n� roll musical. And the fact that the costumer had done videos with Lenny Kravitz before, it�s just what felt right,� he says.