Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster; AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

So…guess this means Jodie Foster isn't hoping to win any popularity contests anytime soon. Or feminism contests. Or gay rights contests. Or those promoting civil rights of any kind. And lets not forget anti-domestic violence.

In other words: she's sticking up for Mel Gibson. Again.

Hey, now that her problems are all taken care of, it's time to move onto someone else's.

A longtime pal of Mel's, Foster was one of the few celebs to go public with her support of the thesp in the wake of his infamous Jew-hating, sugartitted rant several years ago, and in a new interview has once again—this time in the wake of completing a suddenly indefinitely postponed film with Gibson—risen to his defense.

In an interview with More magazine, conducted several months prior to Oksanagate, Foster called Gibson 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.'"

Lest you think that an unfair barometer of Foster's feelings toward Gibson, the magazine contacted the actress after tape upon tape (upon tape) of vile, misogynistic and generally hateful vitriol was released from his leaked voicemails.

Credit to Foster, she didn't change her tune.

"When you love a friend, you don't abandon them when they are struggling," she told the magazine.

"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."

It's bound to be a rough job. But someone's got to do it. Apparently.

One thing they can never take away from Mel Gibson? His ability to contort his mug into all these Crazy Faces!

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