DRAMA series The Slap, in which a naughty child is slapped by an adult not related to him, has recharged a divisive issue.
When, if ever, is it OK to use slapping as a disciplinary measure? Jonathan Lapaglia (below), who plays Hector, has firm views on the subject.
Lapaglia was a mischievous child brought up in an era when a slap as punishment was not as shocking as it is today.
But the actor, who has a seven-year-old daughter, Tilly, with wife Ursula Brooks, says of the slap scene: ‘‘ It was intense because I would never do that to my own kid or to anyone else’s kid.’’
The Slap opened at Hector’s 40th birthday barbecue — prepared by wife Aisha (Sophie Okonedo) at their home in Melbourne. Tensions ebbed and flowed as the group of friends and family gathered. All hell broke loose when