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Posted at 4:22 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Jodie Foster finally speaks about Mel Gibson

By Jen Chaney

Jodie Foster at 2009's Women in Film Crystal Lucy Awards. (AP)

Jodie Foster -- the director and co-star of the not-yet-released Mel Gibson movie "The Beaver," and one of the actor's most loyal Hollywood friends -- has finally spoken publicly about Gibson's recent troubles involving rage-filled audiotapes and the ongoing, ugly dispute with Oksana Grigorieva.

In an interview with More magazine, Foster does exactly what one would expect Foster to do: pledges her support for Gibson and keeps her comments concise and classy.

"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling," she tells the magazine. "Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and The Beaver is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."

Whatever you might think of Gibson at this point, Foster's devotion to him is certainly admirable. One can't help but wonder what's going on behind the scenes in that relationship, but the notoriously private Foster is unlikely to open up and spill, even if she does have a film to promote.

Speaking of which, Foster is featured on the cover of the October issue of More magazine most likely as a means to promote "The Beaver." It's unclear whether the film will arrive in theaters later this year as planned; a rep for Summit hasn't yet returned an e-mail inquiring about the status of the release date.

By Jen Chaney  | September 21, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
Categories:  Mel Gibson  
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I love Jodie! Mel, not so much, but she is a loyal friend.

Posted by: talleyl | September 21, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

A cynic might point out that Foster has a strong financial incentive to try to mitigate the damage that Gibson's notoriety has already done to the movie's projected box office.

Posted by: hlabadie | September 21, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever you might think of Gibson at this point, Foster's devotion to him is certainly admirable. "
no it's not, he's hates women, gays, blacks and jews.
He's not having a "dark moment" , it's his life.

He deserves to be told publically and loudly to GROW UP!

Posted by: newagent99 | September 21, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel that the character we saw Mel Gibson portray in the "Lethal Weapon" films was closer to real life than not?

Posted by: milano99_99 | September 21, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"The Beaver"? Knowing nothing about it, I'd have to guess it's either a biopic of the Cleaver family, or porn.

Posted by: justmike | September 21, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I liked Jodie Foster before, but now I'm a bigger fan. Good person, good friend.

Posted by: cfow1 | September 22, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I think the classiest thing Jodie Foster could have done would be to say nothing. Mel Gibson isn't someone I'd want to be considered loyal to.

Posted by: Californian11 | September 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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