The Beaver is about to premiere at SXSW, and with it, a new rash of publicity about Mel Gibson begins. The Hollywood Reporter kicks things off with an interview with Jodie Foster, the film's director and longtime friend of Mel. Exactly like the last time she talked about Mel, she is standing by her man, down to the highly implausible "he is the most loved man in the film business" nonsense. "He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive," Foster says. "He really is. He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he’s not saintly, and he’s got a big mouth, and he’ll do gross things your nephew would do. [Ed Note: And gross things a racist, scary, mouthbreather would do!] But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life ... I know him in a very complex way. He’s a real person; he’s not a cardboard cutout. I know that he has troubles, and when you love somebody you don’t just walk away from them when they are struggling ... God, I love that man ... The performance he gave in this movie, I will always be grateful for. He brought a lifetime of pain to the character that we’ve been talking about for years, that I knew was part of his psyche and who he is. It’s part of him that is beautiful and that I want people to know, too. I can’t ever regret that.” Well, if Mel Gibson pulls off a comeback, you know who started it. [HR]
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