British actor Gary Oldman is bound to get people talking with his controversial new interview with Playboy magazine for their July/August double issue, in which he defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their much-publicized racist and homophobic rants.
"I think political correctness is crap," Oldman, 56, tells the magazine (via the Daily Mail) bluntly. "I think it's like, take a f*cking joke. Get over it."
Talking specifically about Gibson, who made anti-Jewish slurs when he was arrested in Malibu in 2006, Oldman says that, "we've all said those things."
"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all f*cking hypocrites. That's what I think about it," he says. "The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f*cking Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy."
A clearly passionate Oldman also claims that certain comedians can get away with insults, while others can't.
"Well, if I called (Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives) Nancy Pelosi a c*nt -- and I'll go one better, a f*cking useless c*nt -- I can't really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it."
Although Oldman insists he himself doesn't hold any of those views.
"At the Oscars, if you didn't vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history."
Playboy hits newsstands Friday.