The Interview, about Gibson’s new film “Father Stu,” took an interesting turn when Mel Gibson’s handler cut it short after “The Slap” came up
Everyone in news and entertainment has been obsessed with Will Smith’s slapping of Chris Rock during the Oscar’s. However, Mel Gibson’s handler seemed to think that the topic should be off limits.
During an interview with Fox’s Jesse Watters about Gibson’s new film, “Father Stu” (in theaters April 13th,) the legendary actor was prepared to discuss what it means to suffer and find God’s embrace. This is how the interview started. However, Watters decided to ask about “The Slap.”
From the New York Post:
“I was wondering if you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, if you would’ve been treated the same way, Mel,” asked Fox News host Jesse Watters Friday evening. “Have you ever thought about that?”
After slapping Rock during the show, Smith was allowed to remain at the ceremony, receive an Oscar for Best Actor and even earned a standing ovation from the crowd when he accepted it.
Although Gibson laughed, finding the question amusing, the voice of his handler can be heard saying
“Um, thank you, Jesse. That is our time,”
Which signaled the end of the interview.
Although this amusing part of the interview takes place around the 5:50 mark, the entire interview is quite worth watching. Gibson offers thoughtful insight not only into his movie, but into struggle, the human relationship with God, and human nature at various points.
You can check out the interview in its entirety here, or skip to the 5:50 mark to see Jesse Watters ask about “The Slap”