I doubt anybody has been hoping for an end to the Mel Gibson saga more than Jodie Foster. The Academy Award winning actress and longtime friend of Gibson has been delaying the release of her most recent film The Beaver until the whole ordeal has mostly cleared. With Gibson as the star of the film, Foster faces the daunting problem of convincing people to see a film that features a mentally unstable man with a well-publicized temper. Will critics and the public forgive Gibson enough to see the film or is it doomed to Box Office failure?
We shall find out when the film gets released in the summer of 2011. The trailer for the film premiered this weekend and it presents Gibson as an apparently sympathetic protagonist who discovers a beaver puppet and uses it as a sort of therapy to get his life back together. It’s a very strange premise, but it seems like a charming enough movie from the trailer. With Gibson playing a character who is battling against the demons of his past the film may work as a successful comeback, depending on how he handles himself in the press tour. I’m thinking I will see it. Will you?
Check out the synopsis below and the trailer after that. In the comments let me know if Gibson’s presence will affect your desire to see the movie and if you think it is possible the public will overlook his troubles and forgive him.
Two-time Academy Award(R) winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award(R) winner Mel Gibson in THE BEAVER – an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.
The Beaver will be released in the U.S. in the Summer of 2011.
[Source: Apple Trailers]