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Jodie Foster, 61, says male screenwriters often use rape trauma as the 'entire motivation' for their female characters... almost 40 years after she played a gang rape victim in The Accused

'For most of my career, I was always shocked that so many of the scripts that I read, the entire motivation for the female character was that she'd been traumatized by rape,' she said.

Jodie made a similar point at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, sharing: 'One of my biggest pet peeves as an actor, whenever a male writer was searching for motivation for a woman they would always just go to rape. She was joined in the group interview by (from left) Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts, Anna Sawai and Brie Larson Taxi Driver, in which Jodie is pictured with Robert De Niro, was written by Paul Schrader, while The Accused, which was based on a real case, had a screenplay by Tom Topor

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