Gary Oldman didn't hold anything back in an interview with Playboy magazine, in which he defended Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic remarks, Alec Baldwin's public tirades and went after liberal Hollywood.
In a lengthy &mdash and extremely candid &mdash chat for the magazine's July/August issue promoting Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the 56-year-old British actor says he believes "political correctness is crap."
"Take a f&mdashing joke. Get over it," he went on to say.
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"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all f&mdashing hypocrites," Oldman later went on to claim. "The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n&mdash&mdash or that f&mdashing Jew?" he asked.
Gibson was arrested in 2006 for suspected DUI in Malibu and made anti-Semitic remarks to a policeman, saying at the time of his arrest that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
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Oldman continued: "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 &mdash and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough. He's like an outcast, a leper, you know?"
The Dark Knight Rises actor also defended Baldwin's use of derogatory and homophobic terms. "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."
Oldman later singles out satirical news programs like The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Real Time With Bill Maher.
"Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c&mdasht &mdash and I'll go one better, a f&mdashing useless &mdasht &mdash I can't really say that," he begins. "But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody's going to stop them from working because of it."
Oldman continues: "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."
Earlier, Oldman voiced his disdain for people in the culture hiding "behind comedy and satire to say things we can't ordinarily say, because it's all too politically correct."
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The veteran actor went on to say that political correctness affects awards season. "At the Oscars, if you didn't vote for 12 Years a Slave, you were a racist," he says. "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."