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Gary Oldman: Actor Apologizes For Racist ‘Playboy’ Interview

Wed, June 25, 2014 3:22pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment
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It was bound to happen — Gary Oldman insulted a lot of people in his interview with ‘Playboy’ and the actor finally chose to apologize. His remarks were uncalled for, so an apology was totally necessary!

No surprise! Actor Gary Oldman finally apologized for his inappropriate statements he made in a lengthy interview with Playboy. The actor insulted the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, supported Mel Gibson for using the N-word, and made racists remarks towards the Jewish community.

Gary Oldman Apologizes For Playboy Interview

Gary is a well-known actor, who has been seen in some of the greatest movies ever produced, like Harry Potter, Dracula, and The Dark Knight; he’s loved for his talented skills, but not so much his interview ones!

“I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but maybe he looked in the mirror and always saw that very pale sort of fat kid. It’s a real tragedy for his family,” Gary said about Philip’s overdose to Playboy.

However, on July 25, he issued an apology to the Anti-Defamation League, according to Deadline:

Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:

I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. 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. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. 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.

I hope you will know that 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. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.

I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem”—but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace.

–Gary Oldman

Hey, HollywoodLifers! What do you think of Gary Oldman’s apology? Was it heart-felt enough? Let us know what you are thinking!

— Sammi Errico

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