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Exploring life’s ‘darker corners’

Foster addresses grief and loss in ‘The Messenger’

“We all try to gloss away the pain, we all try to protect our hearts,’’ says Ben Foster, who plays a soldier (below) who notifies fallen comrades’ next of kin in “The Messenger.’’ “We all try to gloss away the pain, we all try to protect our hearts,’’ says Ben Foster, who plays a soldier (below) who notifies fallen comrades’ next of kin in “The Messenger.’’
(Oscilloscope Laboratories via AP (Below); Tina Fineberg for The Boston Globe
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By Judy Abel
Globe Correspondent / November 15, 2009

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NEW YORK - Something is weighing on Ben Foster. The 29-year-old star of the military drama “The Messenger,’’ which opens Friday, smiles easily and jokes readily unless he’s talking about himself. Then he gets pensive, pursing his lips as he slowly winds through complex thoughts and unanswerable philosophical questions. (Full article: 1167 words)

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