Gary Oldman Takes to Jimmy Kimmel Live to Apologize Again for Defense of Mel Gibson After ADL Rejects First Apology (VIDEO)
British actor Gary Oldman on Wednesday apologized again for remarks he made during an interview with Playboy magazine in defense of Mel Gibson’s 2006 anti-Semitic rant after Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said his first apology was lacking.
“I said some things that were poorly considered and once I had seen it in print, I could see it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed,” he said in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Words have meaning, they carry weight, they carry on long after you’ve said them, and I don’t condone or excuse the words I used in any context.”
“I just basically shouldn’t have used them in any context. But I did and I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people,” he added.
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star insisted he “should have known better,” called himself an “a**hole” and told the talk show host he had no idea how much offense his ill-considered comments would cause.
In Playboy, Oldman 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.”
“I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things,” he also said. “We’re all f*****g hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f*****g Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”
Gibson was arrested in 2006 for drunk driving and climaxed an angry tirade to the arresting officer with “F*****g Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?” Gibson subsequently apologized for the comments.
To Kimmel, Oldman expressed thanks for allowing him on the show to make the public apology.
“I appreciate you having me here… It gives me the opportunity to say to those people that I am, from my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic especially to the fans because they have been so incredible to me and very loyal,” Oldman said.
“I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration and I’m an a**hole. I am 56. I should know better. So to them I also say that I extend my apology and my love and best wishes to my fan base.”
The Harry Potter star also lamented his status as a public figure.
“I just think that we’re public figures and sometimes we’re looked upon, we’re are asked to be, social or cultural or political commentators, and, I can’t speak for other people, but I’m not, clearly,” he said. “I stepped out of my area of expertise and I just landed both feet in a hornets nest. It just came over in a certain way and for that I’m deeply sorry.”
In Oldman’s previous apology on Wednesday he hailed Jews as “the chosen people” and said in a open letter that he was “deeply remorseful” that his comments had caused offense.
“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,” he said. “Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.”
On Jewish people in show business, Oldman wrote, “If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.”
However, ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman rejected the effort, saying, “At this point, we are not satisfied with what we received. His apology is insufficient and not satisfactory.”
“His reference to the Neal Gabler book he was reading only reinforces the notion that Jewish directors, producers and financiers are there in Hollywood as Jews,” Foxman continued. “They’re not, and the book does not draw that conclusion. They are there acting as individuals. They do not pursue a Jewish agenda or strategy. They are there acting as professionals and Americans with skills working alongside many other non-Jews who are also in show business for the same reasons.”
“Mr. Oldman needs to recognize that his words, not just as they were written, but as he uttered them, are deeply offensive.”
He added that ADL spoke with Oldman’s managing producer, who claimed the star’s comments in his Playboy interview were taken out of context.
Watch Gary Oldman’s interview with Jimmy Kimmel in the video below: