Jodie Foster Standing By Mel Gibson During “Dark Moment”

In the October issue of More Magazine, Mel Gibson’s longtime pal and collaborator Jodie Foster opens up about taking up arms for the actor as he wages war in a public relations nightmare of epic proportions.

Jodie was steadfast in her support of Gibson when asked for her thoughts on the actor’s racist, misoygnistic, and expletive-filled telephone tirades against Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva — the mother of his youngest child.

“[He] is the easiest, nicest person I’ve ever worked with. The second I met him, I said, ‘I will love this man for the rest of my life,’” Jodie tells More.

“When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and ‘The Beaver’ is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”

Of course, Jodie has a blockbuster reason to remain on Team Mel. She is directing and co-stars with Mel in the upcoming movie, The Beaver, which sees Mel playing a depressed man who finds hope in a beaver hand puppet.

More also spoke to Mel about his friendship with Jodie.

“We’re pretty tight. She’s a really kind and compassionate human being, and you don’t say that about too many people,” he told the mag. “Before, she was like a buddy who would stick up for you. Now that she’s a mother, she’s like a mother who would stick up for you.”