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Gary Oldman Playboy Interview: Lighten Up on Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin

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From left to right in 2014 photos from London, Canes and New York, Gary Oldman, Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin.

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 07:37 PM

In an interview with Playboy, actor Gary Oldman said many of Hollywood’s elite are hypocritical and need to give fellow actors like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin a break.

According to The Daily Mail, Oldman told Playboy for the July-August issue that Gibson is “all right” despite his past anti-Semitic and racial rants.

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"We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me," Oldman, the 56-year-old star of the "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "Batman" movies, said while also defending Baldwin’s transgressions, especially his past homophobic remarks.

"I just think political correctness is crap," he reportedly told Playboy. "That's what I think about it. I think it's like, take a f—ing joke. Get over it."

Oldman, who said he holds mostly libertarian views, took swipes at Hollywood executives and comedians for what he said is hypocritical behavior but said he’s not a racist himself. He also took the Hollywood establishment to task in the Playboy interview, saying he’d likely have won an Oscar by now had he worked more on "being a celebrity."

"What people don’t realize is that you need to work at being a celebrity," he said, according to the Mail. "I’m not talking about movies. I mean the other side of it. You have to campaign. It’s a whole other part of your career, and I wish I could have navigated it a bit better."

On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham H. Foxman condemned Oldman’s remarks to Playboy, Variety reports, saying the actor “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”

“Gary Oldman’s remarks irresponsibly feed into a classic anti-Semitic canard about supposed Jewish control of Hollywood and the film industry,” Foxman, ADL’s national director, said in a statement. "Mel Gibson’s ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being ‘politically incorrect,’ as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson’s warped and prejudiced world view.”

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