Jodie Foster is out promoting herÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â her thirdÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â film as director,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “Beaver”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â – which featuresÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Mel Gibson among its cast. AndÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â since any film’s publicity push comes with interviews, what better a time to ask her to weigh in on the Gibson fiasco? (Which thanks to Charlie Sheen feels kind of long ago, right?) But still, Gibson is yet to offer any sort of mea culpa, so we’re left to see something – anything – redeeming about the man from Foster.
Foster, while talking about her film to The Hollywood Reporter, seems content to shout Gibson’s praises:
“He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, 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. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life.”
About Oksana-Gate: Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â “We talked about it all the way through, about what was going on in his life. I don’t think he told me until it was something he couldn’t handle by himself.”
Those crazy calls: “I knew about that. He was upset. Then, on the last day of reshoots of Mel, it all came out.”
And on standing by her Mel: “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.”
I’m all for standing by your friends, but I’m still hoping for some sort of “yeah, he sounded like a maniac on those calls, I get it.’
And I really want to hear from HIM. I hope when he does interviews for this film he has the sense to understand that he’s going to be asked about it. (He doesn’t have a good record for responding to questions about his behavior.)
C’mon Mel, it’s time to talk. Stop relying on your friends to stand up for you. Stand up for yourself.