Mel Gibson got Winstone's advice for The Beaver

May 15th, 2011

Mel Gibson asked Ray Winstone for advice on his accent for 'The Beaver'.

In the new comedy movie, Mel plays a clinically depressed man who uses a beaver puppet with a British accent to communicate in the film, and director Jodie Foster has revealed the actor modelled his voice on his 'Edge of Darkness' co-star Ray.

Jodie said: "Mel did a movie 'Edge of Darkness' with Ray and he kept calling him during the shoot and saying, 'How would I say this?' It was very specifically Ray Winstone and sort of Michael Caine on speed . I'd love to take the credit for Mel's performances but he was amazing from day one."

Jodie has also admitted Mel's recent troubles - including pleading guilty to a charge of battery relating to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva earlier this year - had adversely affected the movie.

She told Total Film magazine: "We did change the release date three times so that right there has already affected the film. Would I have liked it to come out for his Oscar consideration? Absolutely. It's incredibly hard on him - so much that it's impossible for him to talk about it.

"It's been difficult for marketing to figure out how they're supposed to present the movie. I don't envy them."