Jodie Foster: Mel Gibson brings 'lifetime of pain' to 'Beaver' performance

March 16, 2011 at 1:37 PM ET

The Hollywood Reporter /

In a few hours, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster's much-hyped/delayed film "The Beaver" will finally screen at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. People who watch the film won't just be seeing a professional performance, but some of Mel Gibson's channeled pain playing out onscreen.

"God, I love that man,” Jodie Foster told the The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

Foster has steadfastly defended Gibson as his legal battles with ex Oksana Grigorieva played out in public, and she continues to be his one-woman publicity machine. “He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is,” she to THR. “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.”

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