Gary Oldman has apologized for a recent interview with Playboy that began as a conversation about the actor’s role in “Planet of the Apes” but quickly dissolved into an explosive tirade about the hypocrisy of liberal Hollywood and the double standard of what a liberal actor can say versus what a conservative actor can say. In the interview, Oldman is quoted as stating:
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it…”
He also used Mel Gibson’s past antisemitic remarks as an example by saying:
“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews, and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him – and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough…He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? 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…That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f****** Jew?
I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”
In response to the uproar that has resulted from these comments, Oldman’s manager, Douglas Urbanski, criticized the media for “cherry picking” parts of the actor’s statements while ignoring the context, which was a broader discussion about political correctness. He did tell TheBlaze, however, that while the actor had not been defending the things that Gibson said, and was instead trying to “illustrate the absurdity of political correctness,” he did plan to issue an apology: “Content is crucial, context is crucial, but perception is crucial too,” said Urbanski. “When we do a public apology — which we will do soon — it will sincere, short and to the point. It will address the things that made people uncomfortable.”
That apology has now come in the form of an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League, and in it Oldman says: “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people…Upon reading my comments in print — I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype.”