Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jodie Foster proud of movie 'The Beaver'

Jodie FosterJodie Foster proud of movie 'The Beaver'

"We know the movie's not for everybody," Jodie Foster said over breakfast not long ago, referring to her third directorial feature, "The Beaver."

The comedy-drama stars Mel Gibson as Walter Black, a suburban family man whose paralyzing depression leads to a personality split: A blunt-talking, Cockney-accented beaver puppet becomes his alter ego and coping mechanism, much to the amusement and consternation of his family and co-workers — and eventually to his own horror.

"The film has a strange tone to it," said Foster, who co-stars as Walter's befuddled wife. "It's challenging for an audience because it starts out on a light note and has a very high-concept tone in some ways, and little by little it sort of becomes darker fairly quickly."

The unusual premise is certainly one marketing challenge (the film's initial concept leaned more heavily on the comedy, with Steve Carell attached at one point). And there is, obviously, the dilemma of Gibson himself, who has become persona non grata to audiences turned off by his well-publicized temper and a string of bad acts.



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