But the 31-year-old beauty soon realised the Taxi Driver legend was easy-going, and not at all like his often intensely violent screen characters.
She says, "You're intimidated (by him). You pinch yourself a lot for the first few days because you just can't believe that it's really him, but he's a really mellow guy. He's really low key.
"He's hilarious, and then, you get into the work and he's amazing. Once the cameras start rolling and you start watching him work, it's a whole new game.
"He starts turning on the gas and it gets hotter and hotter and hotter and all of a sudden, it's like, 'Oh my God, I cannot believe that I'm working with this man."11/06/2004 19:32