Gary Oldman bared his soul and his annoyances in a recent Playboy interview promoting his new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and it’s provided a rare backlash against the beloved character actor. Following questionable comments defending the likes of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin, some of Oldman’s beliefs were labeled anti-Semitic.
“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. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point, I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, ‘An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.’ The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.”
As for Oldman’s comments to Playboy about Gibson and Jews, he said:
“[Gibson] got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f***ing Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should strike that and say ‘the N word’ and ‘the F word,’ though there are two F words now.
“… 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? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, ‘That f***ing kraut’ or ‘F*** those Germans,’ whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, ‘Isn’t that shocking?'”
For his part, Oldman’s manager Douglas Urbanski — who was present during the entirety of Oldman’s Playboy interview — issued his own defense of his client’s comments. Do you think Oldman’s apology is enough, or do you think he even needed to apologize?