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Jodie Foster Calls Mel Gibson a 'Beloved Actor'

Director/actress Jodie Foster praised her co-star Mel Gibson at the SXSW film festival premiere of their dramedy "The Beaver."

"He's perhaps the most beloved actor I've worked with in my entire life." Foster told "Extra" about working with Gibson. "Everybody loves Mel."

In the quirky film, Gibson plays a man battling mental illness, who only communicates with his worried family through a beaver hand puppet.

Foster said about his role, "He makes it easy because he's such an amazing director. So he kind of brings that perspective as an actor and helps the actors as well. Just made it easy."

The actor missed the premiere in Austin because he was turning himself in to the authorities as part of his plea deal on a misdemeanor battery charge.

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