Jonathan feels the sting
Hugo (Julian Mineo), the outof-control child, was whacked by the hot-headed Harry (Alex Dimitriades).
Lapaglia says Hugo ‘‘ absolutely’’ should be disciplined, but a slap is not the answer.
‘‘ It’s the parents who need to discipline the child. They’re the ones who should be slapped,’’ he says.
The Slap comprises eight one-hour episodes, each told from the perspective of one of the main characters. The shock of the slap forces everyone to look at their lives, which they do in hour-long vignettes.
Lapaglia, 42, confesses he was an attention-seeker as a child, but his memories of punishment are not from his parents but from school.
‘‘ In primary school I was terrible,’’ he says. ‘‘ I don’t think I was particularly well behaved in high school but I started to apply myself.’’
Being naughty in primary school meant being disciplined the old-fashioned way, often with a smack.
Lapaglia remembers slaps he received as a high school student in South Australia. ‘‘ That was an all-boys school run by the brothers. How very Christian, right?’’ he says. After high school he studied medicine. He then became an emergency-room physician before starting his acting career. The Slap, ABC1, Thursday, 8.30pm