Gary Oldman Defends Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin in New Interview

Actor rails against double standards and Hollywood's hypocrisy in outrageous chat with "Playboy"

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Gary Oldman held nothing back in a wild interview with Playboy, where he expounded on everything from reality TV to political correctness to his defense of controversy-prone actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. It's enough to put John Mayer's 2010 fiasco to shame, and coincidentally — or maybe not — both interviews included liberal uses of the n-word.

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After Oldman admitted that, early in his career, he "made the mistake of being overly forthcoming in interviews," he went on to be overly forthcoming in this interview after being asked about Mel Gibson's deteriorating status in Hollywood, saying "political correctness is crap."

"I don’t know about Mel," Oldman continued. "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 'nigger' 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."

With regards to the "F-word," Oldman seemed to empathize with Alec Baldwin, who reportedly directed an anti-gay slur at a photographer outside his apartment, before turning again to Gibson: "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?'" Then with some self-awareness, he added: "All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?" 

While Oldman did reserve some praise for author Charles Krauthammer and his friend David Bowie, he went on to rail against comedians like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, saying they hide behind satire to get away with expressing the uncouth.

"Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt — and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt — I can't really say that," said Oldman. "But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody's going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, 'I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.' He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, 'You fag'? I don’t get it."

The self-described libertarian also offered up one last nugget about perceived double standards in Hollywood: "At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history."

Oldman is currently set to appear in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Child 44, an upcoming thriller set in Stalin-era Soviet Union.

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