The 21st century has been graced with many extremely talented actors who enchant their audiences in tales of heroism, reenactments of real life events, stories that make us truly feel and think, and much more. One such actor is Gary Oldman.
You’ve despised him as Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, admired him as Commissioner Gordon in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as he works alongside Batman in an effort to rid Gotham of evil, and been cast by his spell as Sirius Black, godfather to Harry Potter, in J.K. Rowling’s critically acclaimed Harry Potter series.
Though the aforementioned films barely touch the array of accomplishments Oldman has achieved though his lengthy career as an actor, they serve as a sampling of his talent. He is held in high esteem by both those in Hollywood, and his common folk fans.
Leading up to the release of his newest blockbuster hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (in theaters July 11th), Gary Oldman is hitting the media circuit, doing interviews and promoting said movie. His recent interview with Playboy’s David Hochman is causing quite a stir due to some comments Oldman made regarding political correctness in America today.
Oldman: More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct.
Playboy: Do you have something in mind?
Oldman: Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c***– and I’ll go one better, a f*cking useless c***– I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. 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.
Playboy: You see it as a double standard.
Oldman: It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years A Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most in this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.
Playboy: How would you describe your politics?
Oldman: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in a category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.
Playboy: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.
Oldman: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.
Playboy: Fine. We’ll give you that one. What would America look like under President Hillary Clinton?
Oldman: What can I say? I feel we need some real leadership, and it’s nowhere in sight. Look at what’s happening right now. John Kerry going off to China to talk about North Korea? What’s that going to do? The ludicrousness of it. What a waste of money. You’re going to go to the puppeteer and say, “Can you help me with the puppet?” As far as Hillary, I guess I feel my character in The Contender, Shelly Runyon. He doesn’t want Joan Allen to become President; he just believes she isn’t the right person for the job. It’s nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman, but he uses a bit of dirt on her to bring her down.
It’s refreshing, isn’t it? Hollywood is a town so saturated in celebrities with Liberal ideologies that idolize politicians, such as the previously mentioned Hillary Clinton, that it’s shocking when anyone from that neck of the woods, especially an A List star like Gary Oldman, talks openly about their opposing beliefs.
To the shock of no one, Oldman is be ridiculed by the mainstream media for “ranting,” “sparking controversy,” being “outrageous,” and blasting Liberal Hollywood while “defending Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin.” Undoubtedly, Oldman will be continually bashed by the political correctness police for his un-politically correct thoughts on the topic of political correctness. His brutally honest choice of language seeks to prove that America is drowning in an epidemic of political correctness; he just chose not to sugarcoat it.
In the interview, Oldman rightly questions why we allow only certain people a Get Out of Jail Free pass, but have full blown witch hunts for others. Ironically, the same people he is trying to show how hypocritical their actions are are now coming after him for talking about the issue so bluntly. Nonetheless, instead of seriously pondering this important question, most will blow it off, and focus on more important Hollywood political gossip like Katy Perry’s latest gig—Hillary Clinton anthem writer.