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Cannes Video: Gibson Talks Foster's The Beaver, Acting, Directing, But Not His "three-ring circus"

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 19, 2011 at 11:30AM

Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).
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Mel Gibson walked the red carpet at Cannes, shunned the press conference, but sat down for his only U.S. Cannes interview with a friendly interlocutor, Variety editor Tim Gray (on video below).

Gibson talks about seeing Jodie Foster's The Beaver for the first time with an audience at Cannes and his return to acting after an eight-year break playing a character who finds an unusual way of surviving depression: "It's spiritual in a weird way," he said. "We all go through things that are hard to bear. You've got to get through it." And he plans to return to directing: "That's my favorite job standing up," he says. Anything else about his life to discuss? "Life? You don't want to hear about my three-ring circus," he replied.

This article is related to: Festivals, Headliners, Independents, Video, Cannes, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Summit, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.