Jodie Foster is once again sticking up for her longtime friend Mel Gibson, calling him "the most loved man in the film business."

At the 17th Annual Elle Women In Hollywood event at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills last night, Jodie not only gushed about her "love"ly friend, but confirmed his cameo in the upcoming The Hangover 2.

"He really liked the humor in that first movie so I'm glad he'll be in it," Foster told Extra at the event.

Jodie then admitted that Mel was going through a "rough time," with his ongoing custody dispute with baby mama Oksana Grigorieva, but at least he still has one thing going for him. "He is incredibly loved by everyone that's ever come into contact with him or works with him. He is truly the most loved man in the film business, so, hopefully that stands for something."

He may be loved by studio executives, but I think the public perceives him a little differently. So they may no longer love him if that starts to affect their box office draws!