Most people in Hollywood haven’t stood behind delicate flower Mel Gibson (mostly for fear that he’ll whip around and punch them), which makes it even stranger to hear Jodie Foster say she loves Mel Gibson in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is,” Foster says of Gibson, who was charged with misdemeanor battery last week. “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. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life.” Gross things our nephew would do? Foster must have some pretty intense relatives if she’s comparing Mel to a teenage troublemaker.
Having directed Gibson in the upcoming The Beaver, Foster sees the actor with rose-colored glasses that no one else on the planet has access too. “God, I love that man,” Jodie says, growing misty-eyed. “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.” What could be more beautiful and cause someone more pain than being a famous person who assaults his girlfriend and calls Jewish people “oven-dodgers”? Mel’s like a sonnet in human form! As if Jodie doesn’t already seem totally disconnected from reality, she also likens the drama around Gibson…to the media debacle surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan, which was done for Foster’s benefit. Look, Jodie, if we all agree to still see your movie despite Gibson’s prominent role, would you please stop talking like you’ve lost your mind. Oh really? Great! We assumed so.
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