Maybe Gary Oldman should've stuck to a script.
The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" star launched into a profanity-laced defense of scandal-scarred actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin in an interview with Playboy magazine, calling the political correctness that pervades Hollywood "crap."
"I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things," the 56-year-old actor told the men's magazine in the July/August issue that hits stands Friday. "We're all f-----g hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n----r or that J--? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy."
Gibson hasn't enjoyed too much support from his Hollywood peers after audio secretly recorded by baby mama Oksana Grigorieva which included threats and racial slurs. That came four years after Gibson launched into an anti-Semitic tirade when a police officer pulled him over during a DUI arrest.
"Alec (Baldwin) calling someone an F-- in the street while he's pissed off coming out of his building because they won't leave him alone. I don't blame him," he told Playboy of the "30 Rock" actor's infamous use of a homophobic slur last year after being provoked by a paparazzo.
"So they persecute. 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 f---- kraut" or "F--- 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?'"
At that point in the interview, the British actor seemed to realize that his own words could be construed as shocking.
"You have to edit and cut half of what I've said, because it's going to make me sound like a bigot," Oldman told his interviewer.
The self-described Libertarian, however, didn't try to backtrack, continuing to blast Hollywood and the culture at large for what he called a "double standard."
He lamented that that left-leaning comedians like Bill Maher joked about Ellen DeGeneres being a lesbian under the guise of satire, while Baldwin got vilified for saying the same thing. And that Academy voters who didn't support "12 Years a Slave" were labeled racists.
Oldman, though, was quick to emphasize that he's not railing against those specific examples, but just dishonesty in general. For example, while he clearly doesn't support Hillary Clinton for President - alluding to a parallel with one his past movies, "The Contender" - it isn't because she's a woman.
"I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist," Oldman told Playboy. "There's nothing like that in my history."