Jodie Foster had to see a psychologist before she could be allowed to appear in Taxi Driver. Martin Scorsese avoided an X rating for Taxi Driver by making the blood look more brown than red. Martin Scorsese took over a key role for an injured actor in Taxi Driver. New York was dirty in the 1970s; that is, after all, one of the central themes of Taxi Driver. Martin Scorsese described Taxi Driver as a \"feminist\" film.