Comedian Ardal O’Hanlon has revealed he was once violently accosted by a minister who had ‘tempted’ him for abusing clergy.
Appears on RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live To address the incident at Sunday night’s Oscars, in which Hollywood star Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock over a joke about the actor’s wife, the Father Ted star revealed he was once approached by an angry cleric became.
When asked if he’s ever been confronted with jokes he’s made during his career as a stand-up comedian, he said, “I’ve had a few over the years, a lot of them happen after the show where people see you.” confront about something you said on stage or about who you are.”
He recalled an incident where he was approached.
“I was filming something in a car park in front of a church in London and the Church of England minister who was in charge of the church came up to me in the car park as I was waiting between scenes and he was very angry,” he said O’Hanlon.
“I thought he was going to come over to say ‘hello’ or ‘I love your work,’ but no, he actually grabbed my lapel and pushed me against a wall, and he really was dealing with me because I Ridiculed clergy in general – because of Father Ted and the vicar of Dibley and shows like this – people like him made a fool of and people didn’t take him seriously.”
The vicar went on to describe the type of work he did, such as comforting the bereaved.
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“I defused the situation and I think he realized how beautiful I was,” O’Hanlon said.
But he said the incident shows how comedians can become targets.
“I’ve got enough worries when I’m up there,” said Mr. O’Hanlon, best known for playing dim-witted priest Father Dougal McGuire on the hit comedy series Father Ted.
But he said Chris Rock’s joke, which poked fun at the bald appearance of Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia that causes hair loss, was in very bad taste.
“The joke was terrible. It was a cheap, blatant joke,” he said.
But he said that was no justification for Smith’s violent reaction, in which he slapped Chris Rock hard in the face and then angrily threw him an obscenity from his seat just seconds before the actor won the best actor award for his role in the Biopic King Richard won.
“This is an example of a distorted image of male masculinity. I don’t think there’s any justification for that,” O’Hanlon said.
“We live in a world where people are on guard. Social media is toxic.”
But he said Smith, who has a huge worldwide audience, didn’t do himself any favors with his behavior.
“People like Will Smith, I think, should try to bring the temperature down,” he said.
“We are living in this feverish time right now.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/ardal-ohanlon-reveals-an-angry-vicar-pinned-him-against-a-wall-for-ridiculing-clerics-as-he-says-will-smith-was-out-of-line-41497918.html Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon reveals an angry vicar pinned him against a wall for mocking clergymen as he says Will Smith acted out of line