Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' delayed until May
February 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' delayed until May

Mel Gibson isn't ready for a big-screen comeback just yet — the release of his new movie, "The Beaver," has been delayed.

The dramedy, which stars Gibson as a troubled man who tries to get his life back on track with the help of a beaver puppet, was set to hit theaters on March 23 but is now due out on May 6, with a wider release on May 20, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Summit Entertainment switched the date to accommodate the schedule of Gibson's director/co-star Jodie Foster — who will be shooting the movie "God of Carnage" in the spring — and to provide alternatives to anticipated summer blockbusters like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Thor."

Prior to its major theatrical release, "The Beaver" will premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 16.

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  1. Jason

    The Beaver cost 20mill to make it will make 80 million at the Box Office. Get over it Atheist Libs, that's just the way it is. At least you guys have that sick pervert Roman Polanski's movies to fall back on.

    February 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. toya

    And what's the point??

    February 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. toya

    The beaver? Hummm...

    February 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JustSomeGuy

    All you people defending Mel and saying you're going to see the Beaver... yea. You're all insane Mel fanboys and girls. There's no other explanation. Nobody, not even people who think Mel is a good actor, would in their right mind bet that this film will be good. If you see this movie, you're a Gibson fanboy and a racist. Period.

    February 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gillian W.

      @JustSomeGuy: You're lack of logic and coherence on this matter is monumental. Did your parents ask you to run away when you were a child? Please try to educate yourself or at least study up on a topic before you comment in such an unconvincingly tendentious fashion.

      February 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toya

    Ignorance is the substantiation of a brittle mind!

    February 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris

    So THE BEAVER is going to be released during the summer and will "go up against" PIRATES! AAAAAAAHAHAHAHA

    This is SO PLANNED. This movie is AWFUL (I've seen it already) and the reason it's being moved is so it can "get buried" by REAL MOVIES....this way, the poor sales can be blamed on something OTHER THEN Mel's inability to act or make a come-back.

    Game over GIBSON. You finished yourself in Hollywood. I guess the years of racism and hatred that you spew finally caught up.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ chris

      Shut up, NGGER.

      February 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      Can't wait to see "The Beaver." Rumor is that Mel may get nominated for an Oscar based on this performance. All the anti-Mel sentiment is so over the top lately that it has become utterly ridiculous and inane.

      February 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JR

    I think its a good idea to give the public an extra 2 months to get over their hate of Mel. Sorry.....not enough time......this Pr-ck is done.

    February 9, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • beatrice

      Mel is far from done. For starters, he is a fantastic director and a billionaire so he does not need to rely on acting roles. More importantly, Jodie Foster is immensely talented and I highly suspect that "The Beaver" will be quite good despite your misplaced ridicule and fatuously moronic statements to the contrary.

      February 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mel Fan

    Mel is a cool guy, great actor and producer. You all are just a group of mental midgets and NGGERS.

    February 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ivan Bial

    Delay it for 110 years..I will not be in the audience.

    Moreover, I will not watch his movies on cable even if they are free.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • grace1

      Something tells me that nobody will miss you Ivan. Are your parents siblings by any chance? LOL!

      February 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DogNuts and beer

    Dont worry about the naysayers Mel. We know that girl was a NGGER and u just called it like it was. Best of luck with your new movie!

    February 9, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Harv Weinstein


    February 9, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. D

    He's a good actor, so is Charlie Sheen and Tiger Woods is still going strong...who cares if they're not all together in their personal life, they are good at what they do, and it doesn't affect their work, so what?

    February 9, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • @ D

      You do realize Tiger hasn't won anything since that incident, right? He's also no longer #1, not even #2...

      February 9, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. DramaMomma

    Somehow I still find it hard to believe that he just hit his wife just out of the blue for no reason...When a B!tch gets hit, there's a reason...just like that crazy woman beating her black husband and ran into a tree-yeah sure he wasn't cheating 😉

    February 9, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ellen

    Mel Gibson should be blackballed from the industry! His behavior is disgusting!. We now know what a great actor he was...too bad we know the truth, Mel.....go to hell

    February 9, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • trust_agent

      Sounds like you believe everything you read and hear Ellen. Are you a big fan of Radar Online? Please try not to be so completely fatuous and attempt to discern between gossip and reality once in a while. 😉 Must be frustrationg to be so completely gullible and unable to actually think for yourself. Get a clue and please stop glibly copying other people's half-baked opinions just so you can attempt to be relevant in some capacity. You're welcome for the free advice...

      February 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BeaverLover

    Great...2 hours of Mel Gibson with his hand stuffed in a beaver.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  16. trust_agent

    Tiger Woods is back on the tour. Charlie Sheen got a raise. Eliot Spitzer has a show on CNN. No doubt that Mel Gibson is far from finished so never mind the premature obituaries.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cluetrain

    Is any famous individual's career ever truly over? No one is done; "done" is just another way of saying the comeback hasn't started yet. Rest assured that Gibson will be back...

    February 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. phillipe

    Mel Gibson doesn't need the Hollywood machine to get back on his feet. He's already succeeded quite brilliantly "outside the system."

    February 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sandra1

    What's the difference between a mosquito and Oksana Grigorieva? One is a bloodsucking parasite, the other is an insect

    February 8, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. dan

    I would not see this film because it seems like a dumb idea for a story not because it has mel gibson in it. I hope he gets help and turns his life around. To all you high and mighty people out there, everyone makes mistakes. I hope he has a comeback and rebuilds his career because he is a great actor. However, I think mad max 4 would be the movie to help your career, not the beaver.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Annoyed Conservative Christian

    I can't wait to see Mel get his life back on track with the help of a beaver puppet!

    February 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. To this particular CNN "monitor"

    FYI, a number of my blogger friends and I have noticed that on specific nights and times our comments are being "filtered" for no good reason. We have been keeping track and we WILL be complaining to CNN about you by reporting that you only post comments you agree with and that our posts are being withheld not because of anything offensive, but due to you suppressing our free speech. It should not be difficult for them to find out who works on these specific nights and times and monitor what you are doing! If people are not allowed to voice their opinion on subject matter, why even have this website???
    You need to find a new line of work!!

    February 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessica

      Your first ammendment rights do not include the ability to post whatever you want on a private website. They include public forums such as town squares and your own blog, but blog owners and news websites reserve the right to refuse service. all you have to do is read the Rules of Conduct.

      February 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. MJ

    I will see this film because he is a great actor and I never miss Mel Gibson or Jodie Foster films.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jeff

    Jodie Foster must have the patience of Job. The producers could have avoided the controversy and cast Craig Ferguson in the lead. He loves working with hand puppets.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Daniel

    who cares if he is a anti-semite, who cares if he hates women, blacks, yellows and oranges. I don't go to watch his movies because of those things, but because he is a good actor, helping people escape into an a 1:30 minute fantasy.

    That being said, I will not be going to see a movie about a bieber puppet.

    Go Mel!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  26. brian

    You should all become like me. A perfect man. Sure I live with my parents sure im almost 40 yearsold. Sure im still a virgin but im perfect. Text me and I will tell you my secret. 513-348-9068

    February 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Superhiro

    Nobody is without sin, so everybody, stones away!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Superhiro

      Spoken like a true idiot. Maybe your mom should pay more attention to you.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  28. michael

    Alot of people came down hard on mel for his Movie about christs crucifiction he is the only one to have had the guts to make that movie yes he has alot of personal problems but who doesnt as it says let him without sin cast the first stone

    February 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bill Bixby

    A little beaver would help any man get his life on track.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Eilene Dover

    @ Silverado...Geesh! Do you know how to read? PLENTY of people want to watch Mel act. The guy's got problems but don't we ALL! So what are YOU?...PERFECT? You're probably racist yourself! Moron!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Who cares

    Who really cares what Mel did to that Russian gold digger. Many people make mistakes and beat their meat or their wives now and then. Get over it already. This is America, the land of the free and the forgiven. Michael Vick is a perfect example. Mel makes people money, and cash is king in Hollywood!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. jojosnow

    Love the John 8:7. Something we should all live by! Keep it up wayne martin.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  33. mikie

    Amen 'thinker'.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jeremy Polston

    He may be a moron as a person, and I will never support what he has done, but, he is one of the best actors of all time, period. He can do comedy, drama, action, you name it. He can get into any role and make it pop. I cant even tell you how many of his movies that I own because of the FACT that theyre GREAT movies.. Signs isnt great but I like the story. I hope he does have a comeback and returns to making award winning movies. I also hope he learns to keep his mouth shut and correct his ways. The thing was most likely blown out of proportion and we heard what the TV wanted us to hear. Im sure many people have said things exactly like what he said when they were enraged, it happens. Some, yes, he needs to change his opinions but most of what he said was due to rage. Get over it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mondongo

    You keep slappin' them hoes Mel. I'm with ya'

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sean

    Didn't even knw he had a movie in the works? I don't even watch the movies he has made I boycott everything Mel Gibson. I wish him no ill will and hope he's getting the help he needs.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      That's a very contradictory statement, Sean. A boycott is a form of ill will.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. oh please

    who would see a movie with leather face drunky mouth

    February 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. JustSomeGuy

    Lol, that would be hilarious mypresidentismulato

    February 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Eric

    I could care less about Mels personal life. He does his job well. Would you refuse surgery from a great doctor with a bad past?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mypresidentismulato

    The beaver is about cheap jews

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silverado

      You must be poor and struggling with money to say that. I've noticed it's the poor and tragic who say such things.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  41. JustSomeGuy

    The Beaver?..... Really? The Beaver? ...Starring Mel Gibson? A movie with Mel Gibson about a Beaver puppet? Am I the only one who finds that to be the stupidest idea ever conceived?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      No, you're not the only one. In fact, silly me, I thought this was going to be a "Leave it to Beaver" update and that Mel was going to play the part of Ward Cleaver. Boy, am I disappointed!

      February 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Wayne Martin

    Did you hear they're pushing Mel Gibson's movie back? here's scoop and a trailer

    February 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Honestgoofy

    I will go see this in the movie theatre and guarentee it will not be empty. mel Gibson is an incredible actor and regardless of his troubles in his personal life, he will give a wonderful performance that only Mel can give.

    All of the Mel haters need to get a life and worry about thier own lives. Like the John 8:7 verse in the Bible says, "... "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at..."

    February 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  44. thinker

    Oh no! I like mel gibson movies! I must be a racist, anti-semetic, woman abusing d-bag! Oh my! I had no idea! Thanks for informing me! I almost put on my white sheets and was gonna punch my wife in the face, Thank God there's people with real logic to help me realize who I really am.........

    February 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Victor

    "Summit Entertainment switched the date to accommodate the schedule of Gibson's director/co-star Jodie Foster — who will be shooting the movie "God of Carnage" in the spring — and to provide alternatives to anticipated summer blockbusters like "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Thor."

    Did it occur to them that it will probably get swallowed up by said summer blockbuusters? Seems to me the people at Summit don't want anything to do with Mel making a comeback.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sally

      @Victor: Movies get their release dates shifted around all the time so not exactly sure what you are implying here. Must be so sad to have such a hard on for Johnny Depp at your age. Do all your friends know that you collect action figures of "Pirates of the Caribbean" in your infinite amount of spare time?

      February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Superhiro

    Also Mel.... You're betting your comeback on a movie called "The Beaver"? Which is indeed about you being crazy and talking to a beaver puppet? Who told you this would revive your career? Who? I want a name.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessica


      February 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Superhiro

      Wrong beaver. He knows what women want.

      February 9, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • allison huelo

      Sometimes it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.

      February 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Obviously, Superhiro is a SuperDoofus. Talk about an ignoramus without the slightest idea of what he is talking about.

      February 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Sahari

    I'm a Jodie Foster fan, and am looking forward to seeing the movie. As far as Mel Gibson is concerned, I send him healing love for the wound he carries around in his heart.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  48. B=Dog

    Nobody Cares Mel.... There is no comeback this time.... The only people who want to see a movie staring a racist, antisemitic, woman abusing D-Bag.... are racist, antisemitic, women abusing D-bags.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrsakk

      Get over it a man makes a mistake and what he has to pay for it the rest of his life GET OVER IT MEL IS COMING BACK WHEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT GET OVER IT.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lev

      Yes jrsakk he does have to pay for it for the rest of his life. no comeback.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silverado

      Nobody wants to watch his racist ass anymore. He is a LOSER even his agent dropped him.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • John p W.

      Still love ya mel. Yes you said some very stupid things and although I don't believe your a true racist, you have alot of making up to do to alot of people. You've proven to the world your a great actor, director, etc, now prove to yourself that your a great man. Do something spectacular, make the world reconsider who you are, not because of what you say, but what you can do that's worthy of praise.

      February 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      The amount of vitriol and hyperbolic condemnation levelled at Mel Gibson by pusillanimous haters like yourself is truly mind boggling. Must be nice to be so perfect. 😉

      February 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Couldn't have said it better myself...Gibson is a thing of the past - thank goodness!

      February 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessica

      how, pray tell, is he not truly a racist? i dont remember if he said anything about anyone other than the Jews.

      maybe racist isn't the right word, but bigot sure might be. and true, there are probably plenty of other racists and bigots out there in hollywood but most of them have the decency to keep their mouths shut about it

      February 8, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |

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