Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Aniston, and others gathered in Beverly Hills this Oct. 14 to praise the star at The 25th Annual American Cinematheque Awards

By EW Staff
October 21, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

”Mel said if I accepted responsibility and embraced that part of my soul that was ugly — hugging the cactus, he calls it — I’d become a man.”
—Downey on friend Mel Gibson

”His beautiful brain knows no off switch. It knows no caution tape. He is crazy brilliant and brilliantly crazy.
—Jodie Foster, who directed Downey in 1995’s Home for the Holidays

”Robert is one of those rare actors who has had so many beginnings and so many endings and then beginnings again and then a little jail time and a couple of Oscar nods and then rehab.”
—Jennifer Aniston joked from the stage, then rejoined boyfriend Justin Theroux in the crowd