Gary Oldman's New Commercial (Post-Scandal Remix)

...because unlike cell phones, perpetual outrage doesn't sell itself.

So acting great Gary Oldman has sounded off to Playboy about showbiz’s political correctness in terms that sound like something Sid Vicious (whom Oldman played to perfection in 1986’s Sid & Nancy) might say.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi? She’s “a cunt...a fucking useless cunt,” according to Oldman, who also took the opportunity self-identify as libertarian. “I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category,” he told Playboy. On behalf of libertarians e, we say, er, thanks, Gary, for taking this precise moment to come clean about your politics.

But it’s not Oldman’s embrace of libertarianism or even his dissing of Pelosi (and Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, among others) that’s kickstarted this latest cycle of the Perpetual Outrage Machine.

That’s happening because Oldman, who was promoting his new film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, defended offensive outbursts by rage-aholic actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin.

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—and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That fucking kraut” or “Fuck those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?” [smiles wryly] All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?

After the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) took offense, Oldman quickly issued an apology that stated, “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people.”

To which the ADL responded: Not good enough.

And so it goes. Whatever else you can say about Oldman’s comments, this flap does drive home the point that we all love a good p.c. spectacle.

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  • Caleb Turberville||

    Gary Oldman still makes decent movies, but it's amazing how far Luc Besson has fallen since Leon: The Professional.

  • UCrawford||

    I think The Professional was Luc Besson's only good film. Most of his others were utterly horrible (although usually good cinematography).

  • Overt||

    Fifth Element was visually stunning, but had horrid horrid writing, and turned decent actors (Willis, Oldman) into just horrid characters. Gary Oldman as Ross Perot the billionaire traiter to the universe was just cringe inducing to watch.

  • UCrawford||

    Agreed. I found it enjoyable enough to watch if there was nothing else on, but it wasn't a good film at all.

  • JW||

    All of your taste is in both of your mouths.

    That movie is fucking brilliant.

  • Overt||

    That is absolute absurdity.

    The fifth element lacked everything a good story should have. Willis's character, supposed to be the protagonist, shows the human growth of a mayfly. He wakes up one morning mate-less. He goes to bed at the end with a girl. That's it.

    The antagonist is a caricature of a villain. Your every day billionaire- which necessarily means he is a bad guy interested in killing everyone else.

    The climax at the end wasn't epic in the least. Just a couple of dudes fighting while a stopwatch ticked to zero.

    As I said, the film is visually stunning. The Opera scene was awezome sauze. But between a bunch of beautiful CGI, great costumes and spiffy fight scenes, there was a threadbare story to hold it together.

  • UCrawford||

    Thank you...completely agree.

  • ||

    I found it enjoyable enough to watch if there was nothing else on, but it wasn't a good film at all.

    If you had to produce one Fifth Element for every Leon, Nikita and Taken, I'd say he's a genius.

    Unfortunately, there's a lot of Transporter 2, 3, Taken 2, Lockout, etc. in there.

  • ||

    I liked how the villain and the hero never actually met and didn't even really know that the other even existed.

  • ||

    I also liked that the Villain and the hero were not even a hero and a villain but in fact were just pawns in a war between uncaring outside forces.

  • PapayaSF||

    The Fifth Element wasn't good?? You are dead to me.

  • UCrawford||

    It was "Battle Beyond The Stars" with better special effects.

  • PapayaSF||

    You have no sense of humor. It was a very good science fiction film, not at all cringeworthy to me and other life-long science fiction fans I know. I actually saw it twice in the theater, which I never do.

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    Count me as another fan of "The Fifth Element".

  • UCrawford||

    I found it mildly amusing. It was still a terrible film. Bad dialogue, bad acting, bad script.

    You should have saved your money and bought the collector's edition of Blade Runner (with all five cuts of the film...and a unicorn). :)

  • Copernicus||

    All comments above re 5th Element are valid, which leads me to state:

    If the 5th Element were better, it would not be so good.

  • Paul.||

    I liked Ronin.

  • UCrawford||

    Ronin was directed by John Frankenheimer, not Luc Besson.

  • Paul.||

    Sorry, sorry, I got my wires crossed. I was thinking of the actor who played the hitman in the Professional.

  • ||

    Don't feel bad I thought Ronin was directed by Michael Bay then discovered I had confused Michael Bay with Micheal Mann then discovered it was not a Michal at all who directed it but was in fact John Frankenheimer just now.

  • UCrawford||

    Although, John Frankenheimer was the guy who. Michael Bay keeps claiming is his biological father. So your wires crossed in a weirdly accurate way. :)

  • Remnant Psyche||

    Confusing Michael Bay with Michael Mann... wow.

  • UCrawford||

    So I guess that saying anything semi-sympathetic about Mel Gibson in Hollywood is now a blacklist offense.

    The ADL, just to ensure that people like Oldman can never hide from their deserved scorn, should demand that the studio heads require anyone who is sympathetic to Gibson to wear some sort of badge or insignia to identify them as anti-Semites. Then, if they're unwilling to change, their movies and art should be publicly burned by ADL members...just to show everyone that Hollywood doesn't support that kind of intolerance and bigotry. They could hold the burnings at a rally, and have the head of the ADL give a rousing speech. And everyone could wear uniforms...

  • DJF||

    Yes, making a actor in Hollywood issue several apologies to Jews shows that Jews are not powerful in Hollywood.

  • UCrawford||

    And clearly the fact that most of the current CEOs of the major studios are Jewish, is in no way indicative that Jewish people run Hollywood.

    The PC whining is unbelievable in this instance. It's not like Oldman spouted some anti-Semitic conspiracy theory...it's just a simple fact clearly confirmed by observation. Most of the CEOs of the major studios are Jewish, they make the final decisions on what happens in film, ergo they run Hollywood. It's when that comment is expanded to theories about how they want to control the world that you start veering off into Racist Crazyland...and Oldman didn't say, or even imply, anything like that in his interview.

  • DJF||

    While on the other hand its seems to be OK to say that a major American politician, Nancy Pelosi can be called “a cunt...a fucking useless cunt,” and nobody is making him apologize for that.

    Shows who has real power and who is just a cunt.

  • UCrawford||

    I went out and bought his movie "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" immediately after reading that article, in gratitude. :)

  • UCrawford||

    Perhaps it's just a sign that on the weighted list of PC offensiveness, comments perceived by the hypersensitive as misogynistic are trumped by comments perceived as anti-Semitic.

    Guess there's a pecking order for outrage.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    A major exception being Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Brothers.

  • TheSpiteHouse||

    I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, Oldman has a point. On the other hand, these seem to be the sort of observations it's best to leave a Jewish person to make.

  • UCrawford||

    I don't accept the premise that we have to ignore obvious observations in order to avoid offending the sensibilities of hypersensitive people and their victim complex.

    Personally, I don't care if Mel Gibson got blackballed from Hollywood. He made comments shitting on people he worked for...just desserts, IMO. But Gary Oldman makes a simple observation about hypocrisy and he gets treated the same as if he were a bigot? Utter horseshit.

  • UCrawford||

    And Rupert Murdoch of Fox. Beyond that, I believe they're all Jewish.

    His comment, though badly phrased, was not incorrect.

  • Paul.||

    It's bullshit. Jews only control 85% of Hollywood.

  • UCrawford||

    I don't care if they control 100%. I just find it ridiculous when groups like the ADL get offended by people pointing out the clearly obvious.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Gary Oldma's observation of certain facts (that most the people ownership and decision-making roles in Hollywood are Jewish) does not conform to Revolutionary Truth. Therefore: Outrage.

  • UCrawford||

    And he came out of the closet as "not liberal", therefore he is a heretic traitor.

  • What's that smell?||

    Sorry but the irony here is too rich for me. Here you have a respected actor who in an attempt to illustrate how political correctness has trampled free speech uses a well known example of someone also well known, who in a drunken stupor rants about "rich powerful Jews who control Hollywood". Oldman never agrees with the statement he only uses it as an example yet he is castigated, ostracized and publicly hung by the balls in the same manner as the original speaker!
    (So the message is; acknowledging the words have been spoken equals agreeing with the words. Therefore any knowledge of unapproved words must be eliminated...re-education!)
    So Oldman is then forced to apologize for MENTIONING WORDS SPOKEN BY ANOTHER because it speaks of "rich powerful Jews who control Hollywood". And who is he forced by...wait for it..., "rich powerful Jews" who now control thoughts and words.
    OI VEY!!
    What is this the 4th Reich?

  • J-||

    The ADL embarrasses me. I read Oldman's statement, and don't feel it is anti-Semitic. The Jewish influence in Hollywood can't be denied, and a bankable star like Gibson getting cut off after saying something truly anti-Semitic isn't hard to figure out.
    -
    The problem is with the ADL. They, like the SPLC, The Rainbow Coalition, CAIR, and others have become shakedown artists. Once upon a time, they were necessary organizations They used donated money to pay for high-powered attorneys and attract media attention to give minorities a fighting chance in civil rights cases. Now it is just to profitable to see bigotry in every shadow and poorly worded sentence.
    -
    Of course the worst effect of this is that these groups have lose their credibility. The FBI cut ties with the SPLC. So in a case of really bigotry, when there really is a civil rights issue to be fought, its just seen as another "cry wolf" scenario.

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