The announcement that Mel Gibson would serve as a presenter at the 2016 Golden Globes got a few people excited about the prospect of a showdown between the actor and the show’s host, Ricky Gervais, who famously mocked Gibson at a previous ceremony. So when Gervais got ready to introduce Gibson at Sunday night’s awards ceremony, he admitted that he found himself in an “awkward position.”
“Listen, I still feel a bit bad about it,” Gervais conceded. So he attempted to say something kind about Gibson before he took the stage. But all he could muster was the most backhanded of compliments: “I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel tonight than with Bill Cosby.”
When Gibson came onstage to introduce Mad Max as one of the night’s nominees for Best Picture, Drama, instead of socking an old enemy in the face, he hugged Gervais like an old friend. But he also took the opportunity to turn the tables on his rhetorical assailant: “I love seeing Ricky once every three years ’cause it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” he jabbed, before offering a lighthearted threat. “You don’t need to leave your drink here,” he told Gervais. “I’ll put you to sleep another way.”
The water—or the liquor, to put it more accurately—would appear to be under the bridge.