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LOS ANGELES, June 24 Gary Oldman made comments
about Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin and Nancy Pelosi in an interview
that sparked headlines, but his manager said on Tuesday that the
actor was giving a "flamboyant monologue on political
correctness and demonstrates the absurd by being absurd."
In the interview published in Playboy magazine on Monday,
the 56-year-old British actor said it would be hypocritical for
people to castigate Gibson for his 2006 anti-Semitic diatribe
while being arrested for drunken driving because "we've all said
"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. "He's like an outcast, a leper,
He added: "You have to edit and cut half of what I've said,
because it's going to make me sound like a bigot."
The Oscar-nominated actor, who stars in the upcoming film
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," also said he did not blame
Baldwin for using a homophobic slur while confronting a
paparazzo in a New York street last year and that people are
unable to "take a joke."
"This notion that he's defending Mel and Alec is
preposterous," said Oldman's manager, Douglas Urbanski. "Gary
Oldman would not defend hate speech or any divisive speech. The
piece lacked a kind of balance on that regard."
Film studio 20th Century Fox, which will distribute
"Planet of the Apes," did not immediately respond to a message
left seeking comment.
Oldman also referred to U.S. House of Representatives
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in profane terms as an example of
how comedians are able to say offensive words behind the cloak
Urbanski, who was present for the interview, objected to the
way Playboy presented the "Sid and Nancy" actor as "crazy Gary."
"It appears to be a Q and A, but it is in fact a
cherry-picked piece," he said of the published interview.
The magazine said it found Oldman's responses thoughtful and
"Playboy magazine did not 'cherry-pick' the quotes making
headlines," the magazine said in a statement. "That was done by
media outlets covering the story. We encourage everyone to read
his interview in its entirety and make up their own minds."
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy)