Jodie Foster glad of 'raw' Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster star in this story about a depressed toy company CEO who wears a beaver handpuppet in an effort to communicate more effectively with his wife and two sons. Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin also play supporting roles.
June 16th, 2011

Jodie Foster is thankful for Mel Gibson's "raw" portrayal of a man suffering a breakdown in 'The Beaver'.

The actress directed the troubled star - who last year was recorded threatening his then girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva - in the forthcoming project, and is glad he understood the character, who spends much of the film conversing through a beaver hand puppet.

She said: "I think he understood the complexity of the character and really understood a film about a man who's suffering and who is struggling and wanting to change and wanting to be different than he is - the self-hatred of it.

"I am grateful that he was willing to be so open to playing something in such a raw way.

"I've known a lot of people who were depressed and there was a lot of depression in my family. I think the film explores it without looking at it like a disease movie."

The two-time Oscar-winning star - who also takes a major role in the film - reveals she was attracted to the movie because she is a fan of "psychology" in families.

She added to The Scotsman newspaper: "I'm sure I will make another movie that has nothing to do with family. But I love psychology. I will always love psychology and the basis of psychology is family."