Actress and director Jodie Foster spoke out on Wednesday to defend actor Mel Gibson. She also stood up for her choice of casting Gibson in the lead role for her movie The Beaver, despite his legal troubles which had pushed back its release date. "Obviously all sorts of stuff happened after the film was finished," she said after the movie's premiere at Austin's South by Southwest arts festival, reports the Vancouver Sun. "I certainly have no regrets about him being in the film and his performance." Foster also told People, "At this particular place, the most beautiful part of Mel, I think, is onscreen.” She added, "People will see the movie, and they'll see what an incredibly deep and committed performance he gives, and hopefully they'll have some insight into who Mel is as a human being." The Beaver is set to hit theaters across the United States in May.