Gary Oldman: 'Mel Gibson Is in a Town Run by Jews'

In Playboy interview, Oscar-nominated actor defends anti-Semitic and anti-gay slurs, arguing that Hollywood tries too hard to be politically correct.

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Gary Oldman in front of poster of his upcoming film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
Gary Oldman in front of poster of his upcoming film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Credit: Reuters

Gary Oldman fans may never see the Oscar-nominated actor in the same way again. The star of the upcoming science-fiction sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is making headlines after an interview with Playboy Magazine in which, among other things, he defends Mel Gibson's notorious anti-Semitic comments about how Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.

"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 says Gibson "got drunk and said a few things," racking it up to the fact that everyone is trying so hard to be politically correct but are in fact just hypocrites." 

“But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, 'That f—ing kraut' or 'F— those Germans,' whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me,” Oldman says in the interview.

Oldman went on to attack the Academy, jesting that anyone who didn't vote for the film "12 Years a Slave" at the Oscars was considered racist.

Oldman doesn't stop there, but also defends Alec Baldwin, who got in hot water last year for calling a Paparazzi photographer a "fag." "I don't blame him," Oldman says.

The Anti-Defamation League criticized Oldman in a statement released on Tuesday, saying "he should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood."

ADL National Director Abe Foxman added that it was "disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson's warped and prejudiced worldview."

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