Wednesday night, Gary Oldman stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live with a mission: an apology. Earlier this week, Playboy published an interview with him in which he defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin, trashed the Golden Globes, and slammed “political correctness.”
“Words have meaning, they carry weight and they carry on long after you’ve said them,” Oldman said. “I don’t condone or excuse the words I used in any context, 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.”
In the Playboy story, Oldman called the Golden Globes “90 nobodies having a wank” and said of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death, “I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but maybe he looked in the mirror and always saw that very pale sort of fat kid.” But his most incendiary comments came when discussing Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin, and political correctness which descends madly into a tirade about political correctness.
OLDMAN: … I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n—-r or that fucking 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.
PLAYBOY: The three-letter one?
OLDMAN: Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute. 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 fucking kraut” or “Fuck 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?”
Cut to Wednesday night, when a genuinely distressed-looking Oldman issued a mea culpa, calling himself “an a-hole” and his comments in the magazine “poorly considered.” Watch the full apology above.