Mel Gibson Cuts Off Interview on Will Smith Slap


Every celebrity seems to have weighed in. “The Slap,”But Mel Gibson is one of the few Hollywood stars that hasn’t given his take on the altercation between Will SmithAnd Chris Rock. However, that’s not for lack of trying — it seems like his publicist is trying to keep him out of the situation. 

Gibson’s Publicist Ends Interview After The Actor Gets Asked About The Oscars

Gibson appeared recently on Fox NewsPromote his new movie Father Stu. Inevitably, the conversation turned to this year’s Oscars, and anchor Jesse Watters said, “You understand it probably better than a lot of people, with your career. I was wondering if, you know, you had been the one that jumped up out of his seat and slapped Chris Rock, if you would have been treated the same way, Mel?”

The actor laughed at the question but, before he could respond, his publicist intervened and said, “Hello Jesse, thank you — that’s our time.” Watters didn’t give up, though, asking, “Have you ever thought about that?” Gibson’s publicist replied, “Thank you, Jesse. Uh, we — that is our time.” 

Gibson’s Controversial Past

It seems like Watters’ question was a reference to Gibson’s own complicated and scandalous past. In 2006, the actor was charged with driving while impaired and he launched an anti-Semitic tirade at the officer who arrested him. 2010 tapes showed Gibson shouting racist remarks at Oksana Gregoryieva, his ex-girlfriend. 

Grigorieva also charged Gibson with domestic violence. A restraining order was obtained to protect Gibson and their daughter. Gibson pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery offense and the investigation was dropped. 

Will Smith get it? ‘Blacklisted?’

Smith, an actor and director, has spoken often about being blacklisted from Hollywood. Many believe this is Smith’s fate in the wake of the Oscars controversy. It’s already been reported that many of his projects, including Bad Boys 4And the Netflix movie Fast and loose, were put on hold. 

Gibson has still made movies since his 2000s controversies. He was even nominated as Best Director for the film “The Last Jedi” in 2016. Hacksaw Ridge. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture category. 

While it would have been interesting to hear Gibson’s take on “The Slap”Smith and the possible fall-out Smith are facing, Smith’s publicist was smart to keep him out of it. Gibson is already a controversial celebrity; it is important to keep him from causing a PR disaster.

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