NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke.
Oldman's manager, in a statement issued Tuesday as the actor's expletive-laden interview with Playboy began getting attention, said Oldman was criticizing hypocrisy and finds any kind of bigotry unacceptable and disgraceful.
During his interview, , Oldman decried the "political correctness" that ensnared the two actors. Gibson delivered an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while being arrested for drunk driving, and he later apologized. Baldwin last year was accused of using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street confrontation.
Oldman said that Gibson "got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all (expletive) hypocrites." He said he didn't blame Baldwin for using the slur because somebody bothered him.
"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," Oldman said in the interview.
He urged the Playboy interviewer to "edit and cut half of what I've said, because it's going to make me sound like a bigot."