Gary Oldman made comments about Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin and Nancy Pelosi in an interview that sparked headlines, but his manager said on Tuesday that the actor was giving a “flamboyant monologue on political correctness and demonstrates the absurd by being absurd.”
In the interview published in Playboy magazine on Monday, the 56-year-old British actor said it would be hypocritical for people to castigate Gibson for his 2006 anti-Semitic diatribe while being arrested for drunken driving because “we’ve all said those things.”
“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,” Oldman said. “He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know?”
He added: “You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot.”
The Oscar-nominated actor, who stars in the upcoming film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” also said he did not blame Baldwin for using a homophobic slur while confronting a paparazzo in a New York street last year and that people are unable to “take a joke.”
“This notion that he’s defending Mel and Alec is preposterous,” said Oldman’s manager, Douglas Urbanski. “Gary Oldman would not defend hate speech or any divisive speech. The piece lacked a kind of balance on that regard.”
Film studio 20th Century Fox, which will distribute “Planet of the Apes,” did not immediately respond to a message left seeking comment.
“Playboy magazine did not ‘cherry-pick’ the quotes making headlines,” the magazine said in a statement. “That was done by media outlets covering the story. We encourage everyone to read his interview in its entirety and make up their own minds.”