Anton Yelchin Joins Jodie Foster’s THE BEAVER with Mel Gibson

     September 10, 2009

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I know I’ve said this many times before but I think Anton Yelchin is one of the best, (if not THE best) young actors working today.  Hit the jump as I once again proclaim my love for his acting (oh, he’s a cutie for sure, but he’s just not my type in that he’s a guy) and why his new role combined with the casting of Mel Gibson in Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver” will undermine the film’s intent.

Also, the blandness of that headline is because I couldn’t think of anything that was not only dirty but also cheesy which is far worse.

Anton Yelchin is great not just because he’s talented and charismatic and has a stunning dramatic range.  It’s because I called it back at “Alpha Dog”.  Sure, he was already picking up acclaim before then for “House of D” and even “Hearts in Atlantis” but “Alpha Dog” was his major role heading into his adult years in a cast that outshined him in star-power but he over-shadowed with raw talent.  And I called it back in 2006 before “Star Trek” and “Terminator Salvation” and so my ridiculous ego is now excited for Jodie Foster’s upcoming film, “The Beaver” starring Mel Gibson.

Variety reports that Yelchin will play the son of Gibson and Foster’s characters.  Gibson plays a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet; Foster will play his wife, whom the son lobbies to get a divorce.  I know that makes Yelchin’s character out to be the villain but I can’t think of an audience that wouldn’t already be thinking “Divorce Mel Gibson.  Please divorce Mel Gibson.”  Even the Evangelicals who came out for “The Passion of the Christ” lost interest in the guy after he moved on and did “Apocalypto” or as I like to call it, “Home Alone: Lost in a Jungle”.

The film is planned for a late 2010 release if the higher-ups think it can Oscars and probably an early 2011 release if they think it’s going to win nothing but scorn and derision, especially since the script topped last December’s Blacklist.  For those that don’t know, The Blacklist is a list of the best unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood.

And now, as I will do with every story mentioning Mel Gibson, I leave you with this frame which he spliced into the “Apocalypto” trailer.

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