"The reason they're still around is that they hit something kind of primal and they operate on the simplest possible level: there's action and there's consequence and there's action and there's consequence. That structure allowed me to just push her actions almost to the point where I was daring myself and the audience to lose sympathy with her.
"The strange thing is that you never do. It's something to do with the fact that she's a woman, it's something to do with the fact that the initial assault is so horrific, and its something to do with Jodie's performance, she loves to dare herself to explore that kind of territory. Basically this woman is thrown out of heaven and finds herself in some kind of purgatorial landscape (New York City in a heat wave) and she becomes something else, something reprehensible really."
Working alongside Foster on the project was the chief reason that Jordan signed on. "She's one of the best actresses in the world, she's so bright and she's so un-starry, her approach to the part was so bloody physical that it was just a joy to watch. It was her playing the role and us exploring it together that made me want to do the film."
Asked if he had any reservations about making the film Jordan replies candidly, "Oh totally, yeah. Oh, of course I did. I had moral reservations about it. I had to think long and hard before I said yes. It's the kind of film that could have been made by a more glamorous shoot-em' kind of film director, and I didn't know whether anybody would even want me to push it in the direction I wanted to push it in. Thankfully they did.
"I normally write my own scripts and so I thought this would be an interesting chance to step away from that for a bit here. I really wanted to make this as a kind of character filled horror movie. Or a film about a monster inside a woman."
(The Brave One opens nationwide on Friday, September 14.)