'The Beaver,' finally in theaters May 6th, may be the perfect role for Mel Gibson at this point in his life and career. Directed by, and costarring, Gibson's long-time friend and colleague Jodie Foster, the film tells the story of a troubled husband and father of a teenage son (played by Anton Yelchin) who, to get through serious life issues begins to use a hand-puppet ("the beaver") as means of communicating. The film has been delayed for release partly due to the controversy surrounding leaked voicemails left by Gibson directed at his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

Gibson agreed to an exclusive "no ground rules" interview with Deadline's Allison Hope Weiner, partly to discuss the upcoming film, but also the melodrama that has been his recent private life. Nothing would be off-limits; the whole saga on the table: Drunk driving, anti-Semitic tirades, separation from wife, charges of abuse by ex-girlfriend, vicious, secretly-recorded conversations leaked onto the web, custody battle for baby. After the break, read some of Gibson's most interesting answers.