In an interview in the upcoming issue of Playboy magazine Gary Oldman blasts so-called political correctness and seems to defend actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for past racist and homophobic remarks.
"I think it’s like, take a f****** joke. Get over it ... No one can take a joke anymore," Oldman is quoted as telling his interviewer, according to Huffington Post. "I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f****** hypocrites.”
Oldman was referencing anti-semitic comments a drunk Gibson made to arresting officers in 2006 when he declared that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson later apologized for the remarks, according to Variety.
"Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s p**sed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him,” the actor added later, referring to Baldwin’s run-ins with aggressive Hollywood photographers and reporters.
The interview was intended to highlight Oldman’s role in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a movie that is due out this summer. Oldman, though, seemed to realize that his political comments would get more press.
Oldman told the interviewer, "You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot.
“You have to be very careful about what you say," he continued. "I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”
Oldman also lashed out at John Stewart and Bill Maher for saying similar things but getting away with it, presumably because their political views are more acceptable in Hollywood.
"People in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct," Oldman said.
"[If] I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a f** and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, ‘I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.’”
The actor’s spokesman, Douglas Urbanski, later defended his client’s comments, saying that Oldman was addressing the subject of political correctness, not defending the beliefs of Baldwin or Gibson.
"On the topic of Mel Gibson, Gary does not 'defend' him," Urbanski told The Independent. "Political correctness is a thing that drives Gary and many many others crazy.”
Urbanski also pointed out that Jodie Foster and Robert Downey Jr. have also defended Gibson over the years.
"I found his attitudes as an artist and his work ethic first class and deeply professional. These are all hallmarks consistent with how Gary has lived his life and career,” the spokesman said.
The full interview will be able available in the July/August issue of Playboy, which is due out June 27.