Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'He's so incredibly loving and sensitive'

the-beaver-mel-gibson.jpg"Loving" and "Sensitive" may not be the first words that come to mind when the name Mel Gibson is dropped. Come to think of it, it probably wouldn't be the last words either. But for Jodie Foster, those are the exact descriptors she chooses to describe her close pal.

Foster covers the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, getting candid about her relationship with Gibson on both a personal and professional level.

"He's so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is," she says. "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."

The minute she met him was actually back in 1994 on the set of "Maverick," but the duo has teamed up most recently to co-star in Foster's latest flick, "The Beaver." A film that it's director insists is not mainstream.

"It does have mainstream actors, but that's not this film," Foster explains. "I don't need to make those kinds of movies because my career as a director is a personal spiritual path. I don't need to succeed in that way in order to have an identity. I already have one."

The film originally was intended as a comedy, with "The Office's" Steve Carrell attached in the lead role and Jay Roach slated to direct. After the disaster that was "Dinner for Schmucks," we're thinking Foster had the right idea in choosing a different route.

"I wouldn't have been interested in doing the movie as a comedy in any way," she says. "A man with a puppet? Who cares? The thing that makes it interesting to me was the psychological dimension of his trouble, the fable quality to that."

A role that she says Gibson nailed.

"The performance he gave in this movie, I will always be grateful for," she gushes. "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."

"The Beaver" is set to debut at SXSW Wednesday (Mar. 16) with a limited nationwide release in the U.S. on May 9. We're sort of intrigued to see Gibson's performance, will you be checking out the movie? 
Photo/Video credit: Summit Entertainment
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