Jodie Foster doesn't typically wear her heart on her sleeve, but when The Hollywood Reporter interviewed her about her 'Beaver' co-star Mel Gibson, Foster teared up and unleashed a Gibson love-fest the reporter was not expecting.

"God, I love that man," Foster said about Mel. "The performance he gave in this movie, I will always be grateful for. He brought a lifetime of pain to the character that we've been talking about for years, that I knew was part of his psyche and who he is. It's part of him that is beautiful and that I want people to know, too."

The pair first met filming 'Maverick' in 1994 and have remained close ever since. The Gibson of Foster's world seems worlds away from the serially abusive ranter Gibson has proved to be in the past several years.

"He's so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is," Foster says about the actor. "He is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he's not saintly, and he's got a big mouth, and he'll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life."