First Look: Mel Gibson as Walter in Jodie Foster's The Beaver
No, this is not a joke. Mel Gibson isn't filming another "The Colonel" prank. This is an actual, real movie being shot where Mel Gibson stars as a man who runs around (both literally and figuratively) with a beaver puppet on his hand that he treats like a live animal and his friend. Kind of like Lars and the Real Girl except with a beaver puppet instead of a sex doll. It's called The Beaver and it's being directed by Jodie Foster as well. These photos come from Splash News where they got a few shots of Gibson shooting on set in New York. I didn't realize the beaver would look so goofy, but alas, that's all part of the fun. This looks hilarious.
The Beaver is about Walter (Mel Gibson), troubled father and husband and CEO of a stalling toy company [who gives voice to] The Beaver, a glove pupper that Walter finds, starts to wear without pause, and adopts as a kind of avatar through which he carries out all of his communication. Almost all of the dialogue given to the lead actor throughout the entire screenplay will have to come from the Beaver, and be delivered in what screenwriter Kyle Killen describes as a "crisp English accent." I didn't even realize this was already shooting, so expect to see it next year. Summit Entertainment will be bringing this film to theaters sometime in 2010.
Reader Feedback - 32 Comments
Haha looks great. I'm not the type to let actor's personal lives in the way of enjoying their movies, so I'm still a fan of Mel Gibson. This just looks too good not to be funny
Rorschach90 on Sep 29, 2009
how does this look hilarious..?
Tarnish on Sep 29, 2009
funny, Mel Gibson holding a stuffed beaver. #2 Tarnish read about the plot it might make you laugh.
Xerxex on Sep 29, 2009
Great to see Gibson back in action. He may do whatever he likes irl. I dont care. He is still an awesome actor and director.
Shige on Sep 29, 2009
Why am I reminded of Mr. Garrison and Mr. Hat? And why does "just thinking about all the crazy stuff he's going to be doing with a frickin beaver puppet on his hand, no?" sound so wrong right now? xD Glad to see Gibson back. Yeah, he went a little crazy IRL, but he was always one of my favorite actors.
SuicidalOptimist on Sep 29, 2009
He's drunk again and he's stealing kids toys!
Crapola on Sep 29, 2009
This script is phenomenal. It goes a lot farther than I ever thought it would. I can't wait to see Mel Gibson give himself over to this.
Fuelbot on Sep 29, 2009
Fuck the bastard looks old now
Steve on Sep 29, 2009
Is the beaver supposed to be Murtaugh?
Alex T. on Sep 29, 2009
The script is indeed awesome. But fuck Mel Gibson.
Shane on Sep 29, 2009
Mel is BACK. 🙂
Pickle on Sep 29, 2009
I hope this is a complete comedy or else it looks (and still kinda does) really stupid.
Richard on Sep 29, 2009
The beaver puppet is cute, lol. Looks funny.
Sabes on Sep 29, 2009
Haha this will be interesting. Interesting choice for him to come back to after all these years of not acting. Mel Gibson is an amazing director and actor. People who dislike him are just jumping on the judgmental elitist bandwagon. Can't wait to see this.
Guy on Sep 29, 2009
Lol. This totally suits him. Mel Gibson is still a cool ass director/actor.
lamb of pierre on Sep 29, 2009
Well, a Beaver on hand is worth two in the Bush...Or something like that?
Mega Jet Jaguar on Sep 29, 2009
I agree. fuck Mel Gibson. however, I am for anything that makes him look ridiculous. 😛
dave13 on Sep 29, 2009
Mel Gibson is the greatest.
sean on Sep 29, 2009
I'm going to agree with #2. your not alone, this looks terrible. Seems to me that it's nothing more than a gimmick that would be more suited for Jim Carey (which I still wouldn't see, because he makes terrible films with the exception of eternal sunshine and the truman show).
Steven on Sep 29, 2009
Hmmmm is it me or does Mel look like he's got a lil down syndrome in the 3rd picture?
Madnezz344 on Sep 29, 2009
I'm going to have to agree with #6 about the Mr. Hat reference haha. this seems pretty humorous.
Redstrine on Sep 29, 2009
Just looks like a drunk Mel Gibson (again) running around with his hand shoved up a stuffed toy's ass. Mel sucks as a comedy actor. This movie already stinks.
lookslikeshit on Sep 30, 2009
Does anyone else find it ironic that Jodie Foster is directing a movie called "The Beaver?"
Russell on Sep 30, 2009
i cant believe this guy was thinking of making a new mad max film
Colin on Sep 30, 2009
He should make another Lethal Weapon. I want to hear him say he's "too old for this shit". He looks it.
snickers on Sep 30, 2009
Mel is homophobic, right?And Jodie is a lesbian, right?
Ambient on Sep 30, 2009
Why would Jodie Foster, an outed lesbian, want to work with Mel Gibson, a devout traditionalist Catholic who believes all gays/lesbians will burn in Hell?
Acadian Canadian on Sep 30, 2009
@ #15 - Guy Gibson stars in a film that will get released before this called "Edge of Darkness" written by William Monohan, who wrote The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven and Body of Lies, and directed by Martin Campbell who did Casino Royale and who will be working on The Green Lantern next. It's slated for January of 2010 right now. ---------------- While the idea of a guy with a beaver on his hand does seem really funny on the surface, it doesn't seem like it will work through a whole film. But this is Gibson and Foster, and I doubt either of them would have taken on the project if it didn't pique they're interest. I, for one, trust Jodie Foster to make just about anything. She does good work. Besides... Obviously this isn't going to be a straight-up comedy. This also appears to be the writer's first film, though if you google "Kyle Killen" you can find a couple of short stories written by a young writer with that name that are quite good and feel similar in tone to what this film is. So yeah, I'm gonna guess that this will turn out to be better than most of you are predicting. But then, all you have to do is just disagree with the popular opinion on this site and chances are you're right. I've never seen such a concentration of people who are interested in film and yet are so totally ignorant of how they're made.
Squiggly_P on Sep 30, 2009
He should come back to Aus and make another film.
DiR3ct on Oct 4, 2009
Eagerly awaiting Mel's next flick, "Mad Max Applies for Social Security."
JanetK on Oct 5, 2009
I think this just could be one I definitely check out. Bytheway, Foster and Gibson have worked together before and both have great comedic timing. Hope you have a puppet on your hand when you get yours (SS) JanetK, if still there of course. Enjoy the movie for goodness sake!
Irish Lass on Jun 2, 2010
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