Well, on the positive side, Gary Oldman seems to have known articles like this one were coming.
In promotion for Dawn of the Planet for the Apes, Oldman gave a long interview to Playboy, where he discussed past film roles (most of them he thought he could do better—yes, even Dracula), the ways in which Hollywood has changed, his marriages, and the many directors he’s worked with.
The interview is a fascinating read. Unfortunately, though, many of his thoughtful responses will be overshadowed by his comments toward the end of the extensive Q&A, in which he defended Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade and took on the hypocrisy of Hollywood.
It’s a little questionable, to say the least, to assert that “We’ve all said those things.”
But Oldman didn’t stop there. The interviewer, David Hochman, notes that Oldman seemed to have more on his mind he’d like to say (sample: “At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist”). And, in fact, he did.
In case you’re wondering, Oldman did, of course, have even more thoughts to share—about Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hillary Clinton, the Golden Globes (“It’s a meaningless event … It’s 90 nobodies having a wank”), and the politics of being a modern-day celebrity. Read the full Q&A with Playboy here.