Actor Gary Oldman is drawing heat for an interview where he says it's hypocritical for others to castigate Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for past comments they've made about Jews and homosexuals. John Russell reports.
Gary Oldman's profane remarks in Playboy magazine released on Monday (June 24) have stoked headlines about comments on fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin and their own past comments they've made about Jews and homosexuals. In the interview, the 56-year-old Oscar-nominated actor said it would be hypocritical for people to castigate Gibson for his 2006 anti-Semitic diatribe while being arrested for drunk driving because "we've all said those things." In the interview, Oldman is quoted as saying: "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?" Oldman, 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." Oldman's manager said he was not defending his fellow thespians but railing against political correctness. The magazine said it found Oldman's responses thoughtful and intelligent.