Actor Gary Oldman issued a blunt assessment of some his Hollywood colleagues during a recent interview with Playboy: Stop being so hypocritical, he charged.
He made the remarks while responding to questions about fellow actor Mel Gibson’s career hit over controversial anti-Semitic comments made during an apparent drunken rant in 2006. Mr. Gibson later apologized for the comments and claimed they were “blurted out in a moment of insanity,” various media reported.
But his career suffered a serious blow.
Mr. Oldman characterized the episode — which included a severe backlashing from the Hollywood community — as evidence of his colleagues’ hypocrisy.
“I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few thing, but we’ve all said those things,” Mr. Oldman said, The Independent reported. “We’re all [expletive] hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the [racial slur] or [expletive] Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”
“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,” Mr. Oldman said. “But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said ‘That [expletive] kraut’ or ‘[Expletive] those Germans,’ whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct,” Mr. Oldman said. “That’s what gets me.”
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