Oldman Sorry For Jewish Remarks In Playboy
Harry Potter and Batman star Gary Oldman has apologised after appearing to defend two fellow actors for controversial comments they made about Jewish and gay people.
The 56-year-old said he was "deeply remorseful" about an expletive-laden Playboy interview, in which he denounced the "political correctness" surrounding the fall out to Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin's remarks.
Gibson launched into an anti-Semitic rant after he was arrested for drink-driving in 2006, while Baldwin was accused of using homophobic language during a confrontation in New York.
"I'm deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy interview were offensive to many Jewish people," Oldman wrote in an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League.
"Upon reading my comments in print, I see how insensitive they may be and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype.
"I hope you'll know this apology is heartfelt, genuine and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life."
In the interview, Oldman said Gibson "got drunk and said a few things" but added: "We've all said those things."
"We're all ... hypocrites," he said.
Elsewhere in the piece, Oldman said Gibson "is in a town that's run by Jews".
Rabbi Marvin Hier, of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles, California, said the comment had a "very familiar, sinister ring to it that is the anthem of bigots and anti-Semites everywhere".
He added: "He wants Jews to 'get over' what Mel Gibson said. But what Gibson said was the slogan that Adolf Hitler used to murder six million Jews."
However, Oldman's manager, Douglas Urbanski, said his client was "illustrating the absurd by being absurd" and had not been trying to defend the actors.
Among his many movie roles, Oldman played Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
He stars as Dreyfus in forthcoming film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.