Friday before last, I suggested you all check out NAMI’s interview piece with Jodi Foster. NAMI got a sneak peek at The Beaver, Foster’s new film with Mel Gibson about a man – and his family – struggling with depression, and Katrina Gay, NAMI’s Communications Director, talked with Foster about the film.
At that time, I didn’t have any information about a release date for The Beaver, but it seems the film premiered at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas last Wednesday, March 16, 2011.
Oddly enough, that’s the same day Foster’s co-star, Mel Gibson, reported to the El Segundo Police Department and was booked, fingerprinted, mug-shotted, and released as part of a plea deal that:
[...] resulted in him being on probation for three years and attending a year of domestic violence counseling. (Yahoo! News / Associated Press)
Apparently, this isn’t new trouble for Gibson: It stems from a 2010 misdemeanor battery charge that alleges Gibson struck Oksana Grigorieva, his girlfriend at the time and mother of the daughter over whom the two are currently engaged in a custody battle.
Still, it’s…interesting press given its timing with The Beaver‘s premiere, nonetheless. I wonder what impact, if any, it will have on the film’s success.
(Special thanks to Chato B. Stewart, author of Psych Central’s Mental Health Humor, for the story heads up!)
Image Source: Released by the El Segundo Police Department