Douglas Urbanski, Gary Oldman’s manager and business partner, has spoken out in defense of the actor following the release of a controversial interview in Playboy.
In a statement, made public by a Gary Oldman Twitter fan account @GO4Everyone, Urbanski (pictured below) says Oldman’s quotes have been taken out of context.
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“If you read the Playboy piece correctly and entirely, and in context, it is the hypocrisy of political correctness that Gary is addressing, nothing else.”
“In this interview Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd.”
He also refutes that Oldman was defending Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant.
“[Gary] finds any kind of bigotry, homophobia, anti-semitism, racism or sexism unacceptable and disgraceful. Period.”
Urbanski has produced a number of films for Gary Oldman including his directorial debut ‘Nil By Mouth’, the Oscar-nominated ‘The Contender’, and more recently ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’.
The London-born star caused controversy by speaking out in support of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin, and blasting liberal Hollywood for its “hypocrisy”.
"I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f*****g hypocrites,” the actor is quoted as saying. Read more from the interview here.
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It’s not the first time that Oldman’s candid nature has landed him in hot water. He admitted earlier this year that he only appeared in the ‘RoboCop’ remake “for the money” while on the promotional trail for the film.
He also ranted against the Kardashians in an interview with the Independent, saying: “My dog has more dignity than those f***ers.”
You’ll next see Gary Oldman on screen in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ from 17 July, 2014.
We’re already looking forward to hearing what else Gary has to say on that publicity tour.