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Foster refused to defend Gibson on 'Late Show'

Mel Gibson’s most vocal supporter has had a change of heart — sort of. While his longtime friend and “The Beaver” co-star Jodie Foster still extols his on-screen work, she declined an opportunity to defend the actor’s off-screen life during a Thursday night visit to the “Late Show.”

“Your co-star in the film is Mel Gibson,” host David Letterman began. “Here’s a guy that seems troubled. He’s had some trouble and seems troubled.”

Foster nodded along as Letterman described Gibson, but tried to shift the subject away from any non-movie talk.

“No, there was no inkling (of Mel’s problems to come),” she said. “But he’s wonderful in the movie. He’s extraordinary in the film, I have to say. People are amazed by his performance — beautiful and raw, very dramatic and funny, too.”

Foster has long praised Gibson’s performances, as well as the man behind them. When his reputation suffered after the release of recorded outbursts, claims of racism and allegations of domestic violence, Foster told “The Hollywood Reporter” that he is “so incredibly loving and sensitive …. 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."

But the director-actress was far less eager to promote Gibson's personal side while promoting their film on the “Late Show.”

Foster still referred to the star as a very good friend, but when Letterman asked if she could defend him, she didn’t even allow the host to finish the sentence before replying, “No.”

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