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Gary Oldman Apologizes for Controversial Interview -- Here's the Video THR

Actor Gary Oldman appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel LIve!” Wednesday and offered an apology for a Playboy interview in which he criticized liberal Hollywood and defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their widely publicized remarks about Jews and gays, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

“I am an a-hole,” Oldman told Kimmel.

He added, “It was an article I did with Playboy, and I said some things that were poorly considered. Once I had seen it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed.”

He added that he “should know better” and extended his apology to his fan base. “Words have meaning, and they carry weight. And they carry on long after you’ve said them. I don’t condone or excuse the words that 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 interview, Oldman said, “I just think political correctness is crap.” He added, referring to Gibson, “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 nigger or that fucking Jew? I’m being brutally honest here.”

He added, “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.”

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