Gary Oldman appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday, June 25, and said he was "profoundly, profoundly sorry" for the controversial remarks he made in his recent interview with Playboy magazine where he defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for using offensive language.
The 56-year-old actor was on the late night talk show to promote his upcoming film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," but Kimmel immediately addressed the controversy. Video of his interview can be seen below.
"I said some things that were poorly considered, and once I had seen it printed, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and Ill-informed," Oldman said. "And, uh, well, you know, words have meaning and they carry weight long after you've said them and I don't condone or excuse the words that I used, well in any context -- I just basically shouldn't have used them in any context, but I did."
"I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people, so I, I just want to -- I appreciate you having me here and extending your hospitality to, you know, put me in this seat once again," he added. "And it gives me the opportunity to say to those people that I, from my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic."
During his interview, Oldman talked about Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rant that occurred during his 2006 arrest and told the magazine, "I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all [expletive] hypocrites. That's what I think about it."
He then said, "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?"
His remarks were part of a larger discussion about his dislike of political correctness. He also told the magazine, "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?'"
This was actually Oldman's second apology for his Playboy interview. The actor wrote an apology letter to the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday, June 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor wrote in his letter, "I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy interview were offensive to many Jewish people ... Upon reading my comments in print -- I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype."
Watch Oldman's appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" below.