After being asked a question regarding Will Smith, Mel Gibson’s interview ended uncomfortably.
The actor-director was talking about his upcoming picture, Father Stu, when the topic turned to Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards event last Sunday (27 March).
“You probably understand it better than a lot of people, with your career,” Fox News anchor Jesse Watters observed. I was wondering if you would have been regarded the same way if you had leapt out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, Mel?”
Gibson can be seen grinning and pointing at the camera in this video. His publicist’s voice can be heard saying, “Hello Jesse, thank you – that’s our time,” clearly seeking to avoid a media frenzy.
Watters tries again, this time asking, “Have you ever considered that?” “Thank you, Jesse,” Gibson’s PR says again. “Uh, uh – that is our time,” says the narrator.
Smith punched comedian Chris Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, in what has become one of the most talked-about moments in Oscars history. After Rock made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, the event occurred. She has previously spoken openly about her alopecia diagnosis.
Following the backlash, the actor resigned as a member of the Academy, although he still faces disciplinary action.
He also apologized to Rock, who said he was “still processing” what had happened during his first stand-up act since the incident on Wednesday (30 March).
Gibson was arrested in Malibu in 2006 for alleged drink-driving and made anti-Semitic statements to a police officer, for which he later apologized, claiming that the remarks were “blurted out in a moment of lunacy.”
For a brief period, the actor was blacklisted by Hollywood, but in 2017, he was nominated for Best Director for his work in Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield.