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Sunday 20 April 2014

Jodie: Mel still had fun on set

Jodie Foster said Mel Gibson played a practical joke on her

Jodie Foster has pointed out that Mel Gibson had a good laugh with her on the set of his latest film The Beaver, despite his personal woes.

The actress revealed that he played a practical joke on her during a kissing scene they filmed in the shower. He leant over to make his face go red, she revealed.

She said: "Then he starts going 'She's an animal! Look what she did to my face! She's an animal!' All day. That's what I got all day."

But it was no joke when Mel ended up with a bloody head filming a scene where he and the beaver puppet of the title get into a fight. The scene called for Mel to use the puppet to smash a lamp over his head, but Jodie said the prop guy didn't properly score it.

"He smacked his head open and lots of blood came pouring out," the actress said. "But he did finish the take."

Though most of Mel's personal trauma happened before he started filming, he was in the middle of a custody battle with his then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva when he had to return to the set to film his final scenes. Yet Jodie said Mel was a pro that day.

"That's what we do for a living. It's focus. But, there's a lot of pain in his face and I'm so grateful in some ways that he is as deep a person as he is. He has lived through a lot of struggle in his young life as well as now. He brings all of that depth of feeling to what he does on screen and I'm really grateful to what a deep person he is," she said.

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