Troubled star of The Beaver has ‘been through a tornado of crisis in his life’, says Foster following SXSW premiere of her film.
Jodie Foster has come out in defence of Mel Gibson following the screening of her film The Beaver, in which the troubled actor takes the leading role, at the SXSW festival in Texas.
Speaking to the LA Times, the day after The Beaver premiered to mixed reviews, Foster suggested Gibson’s difficulties were “not unusual”, implying he was a victim of the communications age.
“People have struggles in life,” said the actor-turned-director. “Most of us don’t have ours expressed on the internet. I actually don’t feel his struggles are that unusual.
“People say nasty things to cops when they’re drunk. Do I think he’s made mistakes or do I think he’s made mistakes handling his mistakes? Absolutely. He has been through a tornado of crisis in his life and all I wish for him is that he has the strength to come out on the other side.
“Whatever happens as a consequence of his actions, he’ll have to accept that. If nobody ever sees a film of his again, then he’ll have to accept that. But if you’ve ever loved anybody that has an alcohol problem, if you’ve ever loved anybody that has troubles, that’s not the biggest problem that they have. Their biggest problem is their own personal journey and their journey with their families.”
Foster has been staunch in her defence of Gibson ever since the actor’s latest travails emerged, even when the public fallout threatened to derail her film. The Beaver, the tale of a businessman who wears a puppet on his hand following a breakdown, was originally intended for release in 2009 but has been held back due to the furore.
Gibson’s problems emerged last year when tapes purporting to reveal the actor’s angry rants towards the mother of his baby daughter, Oksana Grigorieva, were posted on celebrity website Radaronline.com. Last week the actor pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence against Grigorieva. He received three years’ probation, and was ordered to spend one year in counselling, perform 16 hours of community service, and pay fines and court costs.