That was before Gibson's "Tapegate" rants and racial slurs aimed at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Since then The Beaver has been sitting on the shelf as Summit tries to decide if, when and how to release it. When More followed up with Foster, she said:
"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling. 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."
At this point, the idea of Oscar and Gibson inhabiting the same universe is absurd. Come on. Gibson could get the best reviews on the planet and SAG and the Academy would still give him the cold shoulder. Believe me, he really is persona non grata in Hollywood. Sexual infractions are often forgiven (Charlie Chaplin, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen). This is about racism and anti-semitism--two things that the Liberal Academy cannot abide. Gibson will likely get the opportunity to star and direct movies again-- he's still popular with many moviegoers. But an Oscar campaign or nomination? Never.
[More Jodie Foster photo by Peggy Sirota]