Gary Oldman's longtime manager, Douglas Urbanski, is criticizing several news outlets for “cherry picking” parts of the actor’s viral, unfiltered interview with Playboy while ignoring the important context of the statements. However, Urbanski confirmed to TheBlaze that Oldman plans to issue a “sincere” public apology over the interview.
“Content is crucial, context is crucial, but perception is crucial too,” he said. “When we do a public apology — which we will do soon — it will sincere, short and to the point. It will address the things that made people uncomfortable.”
As previously reported by TheBlaze, Oldman lamented Hollywood double standards that would permit Jon Stewart or Bill Maher to call Nancy Pelosi a “f***ing useless c**t,” but not someone like him.
Gary Oldman arrives at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Oldman also decried the "political correctness" that ensnared Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. Gibson delivered an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while being arrested for drunk driving, and he later apologized. Baldwin last year was accused of using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street confrontation. “We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it,” Oldman said.
Urbanski told TheBlaze Oldman was not defending the things that Gibson and Baldwin said, but was trying to “illustrate the absurdity of political correctness.”
Oldman has already apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for a comment he made about Hollywood being “run by Jews.”
The actor’s interview with Playboy lasted roughly nine hours and was condensed into about 15 minutes of content, according to Urbanski. Certain parts of the interview have been highlighted to reinforce what a "Hollywood libertarian" should look like.
“I don't want to shoot the messenger because it was a pretty good interview... but during the interview they asked about gay marriage and Gary said he strongly supports gay marriage and strongly supports gay rights, but that was omitted from the article because it didn’t support the narrative,” Urbanski told TheBlaze.
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Gary Oldman in a scene from the film, "RoboCop." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kerry Hayes)
While Oldman plans to apologize to “anyone who found anything in the article offensive,” his manager says attempts to paint him as a bigot are ridiculous. Urbanski compared the interview to Kirk Douglas' breaking the Hollywood "blacklist," which was just another form of "political correctness."
"It's kind of like an interview being given by a younger Kirk Douglas defending his breaking of the 'Blacklist' -- thats how I see this piece on the subject, minus the dirty words," he said.
Oldman stars in the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," out July 11. Distributor 20th Century Fox declined to comment on Oldman's Playboy remarks.
Oldman also appears in a TV commercial for the HTC mobile phone company, which sought to distance itself Tuesday from the actor's remarks. "Mr. Oldman's views are his own and do not reflect the views of HTC," HTC said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.