'Crazy Gary' speaks his mind, makes headlines
GARY Oldman has made comments about Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin 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 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 any more 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 last year, and that people are unable to "take a joke".
Said Oldman's manager, Douglas Urbanski: "This notion that he's defending Mel and Alec is preposterous." He also objected to the way Playboy presented the Sid And Nancy actor as "crazy Gary".
The magazine said it found Oldman's responses thoughtful and intelligent.
"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."