Actor Mel Gibson attempts comeback with 'The Beaver'
Bizarre comedy has real-life parallels to Gibson's life
Actor Mel Gibson has largely lost all favor with his U.S. fan base. Accusations of abuse of his former girlfriend, an estranged life and large family, as well as a series of drunken mishaps has irrevocably tarnished Gibson's good guy image with the motion picture-going public. Gibson is laying it all on the line with a bizarre new comedy, "The Beaver," directed and co-starring old friend Jodie Foster.
The bizarre comedy 'THe Beaver' has many parallels to Mel Gibson's real life. The film is about a middle-aged man who undergoes estrangement from his family until he adopts a puppet for a friend.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In "The Beaver," Gibson plays Walter Black, a lonely man who is depressed after being abandoned by his family. He begins communicating through the wooly puppet of the title, which he gives a personality and a British accent. The film is rumored to be surprisingly good, despite its inauspicious premise.
Some say the timing of its release is not ideal for the 54-year-old Gibson. Katla McGlynn, a comedy critic for The Huffington Post, said after he had spent "half of 2010 showing the world how crazy he can really be", Gibson had now been made to look "just as crazy as a talking beaver puppet."
The film is set to be released next year in the spring. It was originally due in theaters this fall, but was delayed amid "a number of reshoots" and "Hollywood whispers about tension on set", the L.A. Times reported.
Earlier this year, New York magazine's Claude Brodesser-Akner wrote that the film's producers "privately admit that even they don't know what to do with the Jodie Foster-directed movie." He added: "Imagine all the interviewers asking, 'Mel, have you ever felt like you were going crazy?'"
Gibson was dropped by his agents, William Morris Endeavor, after the telephone recordings of his alleged racist remarks about black and Hispanic people emerged. He threatened his model girlfriend with physical violence, with whom he has a baby daughter.
The actor has also previously said he suffered from manic depression and alcohol abuse. He prompted controversy in 2006 when he made anti-Semitic remarks after being arrested for drink-driving.
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