HE­LENE SOBOLEWSKI

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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

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