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Calling himself 'an a-hole,' Gary Oldman apologizes for defending use of slurs by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson

'Once I had seen it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed'
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Calling himself an 'a-hole,' actor Gary Oldman has apologized for defending Alec Baldwin's use of an anti-gay slur and Mel Gibson's infamous anti-Semitic rant.

Following a storm of backlash, Oldman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday and said: 'I said some things that were poorly considered. And once I had seen it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed...From my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry...I should be an example and an inspiration, and I'm an a-hole. And I'm 56, and I should know better.'

Oldman had gone on a lengthy rant against political correctness during an upcoming interview with Playboy Magazine.

Of Baldwin he said: 'Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute.'

Of Gibson he said: 'He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites.'

Oldman had also said there is a double standard over who is allowed to say what.

'Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.'

Seeing his words in print, Oldman told Kimmel he wishes he had stuck to talking about his latest movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

'I stepped out of my area of expertise and I just landed both feet in a hornet's nest.'

Below is his full appearance on Kimmel:

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