In a lengthy interview with Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman made it clear that he isn't a fan of political correctness. In fact, the 56-year-old Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star thinks "political correctness is crap…take a f—ing joke. Get over it."
And, in case you were nervous, Oldman went on to prove his point.
The tangent — which Oldman said he hoped the reporter would "edit and cut… because it's going to make me sound like a bigot" — began when Mel Gibson came up. When reporter David Hochman asked Oldman what he thought about what Gibson has undergone in recent years, Oldman responded:
"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 anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f---ing kraut” or “F--- those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct."
Oldman thought that there was a double standard because Gibson "got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f---ng hypocrites… The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n----r or that f---ing Jew?"
Oldman went on to defend Alec Baldwin for calling someone a gay slur and accused Hollywood of rendering anyone who didn't vote for 12 Years a Slave at the Oscars a racist. And as long as he was on a roll — hitting race, religion, and sexuality — Oldman figured why stop there and went for the gender ticket – saying he could "never" get away with calling Nancy Pelosi an expletive based on the female anatomy. "I can’t really say that," the libertarian-leaning actor said, though he just had — twice.
The interview was timed to help promote Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, out July 11, in which Oldman plays a villain.