There’s been a great deal of discussion over how Summit Entertainment will handle Jodie Foster’s new film The Beaver ever since audio of Mel Gibson’s hate-filled tirades towards his ex-girlfriend ended up online. There’s always cause for concern when the audience sees your lead actor and can hear him saying the words “You look like a fucking pig in heat and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers it will be your fault.” It also doesn’t help if your crazy, racist lead actor is playing a character who treats the Beaver puppet on his hand like a living creature.
But Summit is pressing ahead and have now released the first official image from the film along with the official synopsis. Hit the jump to check it out along with news about when the film may be hitting theaters.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Beaver. You can read a more spoiler filled synopsis here.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award® winner Mel Gibson in THE BEAVER – an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life.
Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.
According to Deadline, Summit is planning to release the film in spring 2011. The studio (wisely) decided not to put it in for an awards-qualifying run and have decided that Springtime for Gibson is the best decision. The trailer for the film is set to be released tomorrow.
Personally, I’m glad they’re not burying the film and sending it straight to DVD. It’s an interesting premise and I still think Gibson’s a good actor. I think as long as moviegoers are mature enough to acknowledge that they don’t have to like someone personally in order to appreciate their art, then The Beaver will do fine. Of course the question then becomes, “How mature is the American moviegoing public?” A recent CBS/Vanity Fair poll found that 76% of respondents said Gibson’s personal troubles would have no effect on whether they would see one of his movies. We’ll see if that’s true when The Beaver hits next spring. Click here to see the first poster.