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Gary Oldman talks Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin and political correctness

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06/24/2014 by Kristina Lopez

Gary Oldman made headlines with his recent Playboy interview in which he talks about Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin and his disdain for political correctness.

The 56-year-old actor is profiled in the adult magazine's July/August 2014 issue (Warning: Interview contains expletives and adult content) and is promoting the upcoming film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which hits theaters on July 11.

After lamenting about how difficult it is to get a film financed in Hollywood, Oldman cites Mel Gibson as someone who finances his own films over going through the conventional movie studio system, This causes the interviewer, David Hochman, to ask Oldman about what Gibson has "gone through these past few years."

"I just think political correctness is crap. That's what I think about it. I think it's like, take a [expletive] joke. Get over it," Oldman responded.

He later added, "I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all [expletive] hypocrites. That's what I think about it."

Oldman was referencing the time Gibson used anti-Semitic slurs in a rant while being arrested for drunk driving in 2006. Oldman also talked about actor Alec Baldwin and the actor using a homophobic slur in 2013 when confronting a photographer.

"Alec calling someone an [expletive] 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 said.

The actor later added, "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. It's just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone that we all stand on this thing going, 'Isn't that shocking?' All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?"

Later in the interview, Oldman told Hochman, "So this interview has gone very badly. You have to edit and cut half of what I've said, because it's going to make me sound like a bigot."

He then added, "I'm saying Mel's all right, Alec's a good guy. So how do I come across? Angry?"

On Tuesday, June 24, Oldman's longtime manager, Douglas Urbanski, wrote in an email to The Associated press that the actor was "illustrating the absurd by being absurd," and was not in fact defending the two actors.

"It simply cannot be read any other way, and to put it any other way is simply cherry picking something, stating it inaccurately, and creating news where there is none," Urbanski told the wire service in a statement.

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