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About (Late) Last Night: David Letterman grills Jodie Foster about Mel Gibson [Video]

May 6, 2011 |  9:16 am


Unlike his rival over at NBC, David Letterman is never one to shy away from a difficult or potentially awkward question. So when Jodie Foster stopped by the "Late Show" on Thursday night to promote her new movie, "The Beaver," which costars persona non grata Mel Gibson, it seemed inevitable that the embattled actor's personal troubles would come up.

Sure enough, Letterman wasted no time broaching the subject. "Your costar in the film is Mel Gibson," he said. "Here's a guy who seems troubled. He's had some troubles. And the troubles were happening while you were filming the movie."

Foster corrected him, claiming that Gibson's troubles arose "mostly after we wrapped."

"Did he have any inkling that he might have some problems ahead of him?" Letterman asked.

"I don't think so. No, no, no ... there was no inkling," she responded, in a way that suggested she didn't really want to belabor the topic.

But Letterman was insistent. "Can you defend what he's ..., " he asked, his sentence trailing off.

Foster's answer? A definitive, "No."

Now, it's quite possible that Foster has simply grown tired of defending Gibson and just wanted to talk about his performance -- which she praised as "wonderful" -- rather than his messy personal life. But Foster's slightly more critical tone did seem like a break from the unconditional love she's expressed in the past.

What do you think?

-- Meredith Blake