Mel Gibson & Jodie Foster Premiere “The Beaver” In Cannes

Posted Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:59 PM GMT

Their new film “The Beaver” has gotten off to a rough start here in the States, but Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster looked to be in good spirits all the same during the 64th Cannes Film Festival today.

The “What Women Want” hunk and the “Panic Room” star showed up to promote the flick’s premiere at the Palais des Festivals along with celebrities like Bar Refaeli, Doutzen Kroes, Naomi Campbell and her beau Vladimir Doronin.

During a press conference earlier in the day, Jodie was asked about her association with Gibson, especially considering his penchant for scandal.

She explained, "I can't excuse Mel's behavior. Only he can explain that. But I do know the man that I know. He's been a friend for many, many years, and as a friend, he is kind and loyal and thoughtful, and I can spend hours on the phone with him talking about life. And he's complex, and I appreciate his complexity and what his complexity brings to his work."

She also mentioned that Mel got a great look at himself while working on “The Beaver.” "Anything that you do that you obsess about and think about and give that much to, for six months of your life in his case and for years in mine, allows you to look deeper at yourself and at the people around you, at the effect of what you do, and that has to have kind of a therapeutic, cathartic end."

"I think he's proud of what he's shown, and I think he wants people to see that side of him. And he's an incredibly private man, so what he shows on the screen is as deep as you could possibly get, and that's our way as actors of telling people, 'This is who I really am.'"

Enjoy the pictures of Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (May 17).

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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