Gary Oldman on Defending Gibson, Baldwin: 'I Should Know Better'

Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 06:52 AM

By Greg Richter

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Gary Oldman Wednesday night repeated his apology for defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin.

In a Playboy magazine interview, Oldman said Hollywood is too politically correct and should take joke in reference to Gibson's past rant against Jews running Hollywood and Baldwin's anti-gay slurs against paparazzi.

"I said some things that were poorly considered. And once I had seen it in print I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed," Oldman said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where he had been scheduled to appear to promote his upcoming movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

"Words have meaning. They carry weight, and they carry on long after you've said them," a near-tearful Oldman said. "I just basically shouldn't have used them in any context. But I did, and I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people."

Oldman said he had let down his fans and the people who worked on the movie.

"I should be an example and an inspiration, and I'm an a-hole. I'm 56 and I should know better," he said. "From my heart I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic."

Kimmel said it is important when someone apologizes to accept it. "I mean, like, some people nothing is ever enough, and there's no end to it."

Oldman said in the Playboy interview that he considers himself a libertarian, and that "political correctness is crap."

"I stepped out of my area of expertise, and I just landed both feet in a hornets' nest," Oldman told Kimmel.

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