The Daily Mail had some exclusive first excerpts from Gary Oldman’s Playboy interview yesterday, and the Mail mentioned that Playboy wasn’t going to release the interview until Friday. Well, just kidding. Playboy must have realized they were sitting on the biggest click-bait interview of the year, so they put it online this morning – you can read the full thing here. As we discussed yesterday, Gary comes across like a total douchebag, an angry bigot with a pet cause of defending violent abusers and homophobes. I’m only excerpting the most “WTF?” parts, but Gary does talk about his career (he hates watching his films) and that kind of stuff too.
Whether he’s optimistic about humanity’s future: “I think we’re up s–t creek without a paddle or a compass… Culturally, politically, everywhere you look. I look at the world, I look at our leadership and I look at every aspect of our culture and wonder what will make it better.”
Reality TV & music: “It’s like the old saying about mediocrity: The mediocre are always at their best. They never let you down. Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay. And what passes for music—it’s all on that plateau. Who’s the hero for young people today? Some idiot who can’t f–king sing or write or who’s shaking her ass and twerking in front of 11-year-olds.”
Hollywood monsters: “I know what it means to do a job. I was a stockroom boy and did a lot of sweeping up. I worked in a factory. I respect people in the service industry. What irritates me more is when people aren’t respectful. There’s a lot of nonsense behavior, especially in a place like Hollywood. The money, the power, they create little monsters.”
Sobriety: “This past March was 17 years since I last had a drink. The secret is you have to want to stop. They talk about 12 steps if you go through the program, but the only one you have to do perfectly is the first, which is to acknowledge that you have a problem and that your life is unmanageable. It’s a horrible thing to be in what people call “the disease.”
The Pope: “Oh, f–k the pope! [laughs and puts head in hands] So this interview has gone very badly. You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot.”
Who speaks the truth: There are a number of people. A voice I particularly like is Charles Kraut-hammer. I think he’s incredibly smart. I think he’s fair, very savvy and politically insightful, so I enjoy watching him. There are artists as well, like David Bowie, where there’s an autonomy. He recorded his most recent album and didn’t even announce he was doing it. He was in a position where he thought, Listen, I haven’t produced anything for 10 years. If this is no good, then I can just put it in a cupboard and no one need ever know. But he wrote the songs, picked the cover. I’ve always admired David. I’ve known him about 30 years. We’re friends. And David can constantly reinvent himself because he’s so talented. He has a point of view.
His politics: “I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons. I think [Bill Maher] would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.
On Hillary Clinton: “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 like 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.
He hates the Golden Globes: “It’s a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something’s happening. They’re f–king ridiculous. There’s nothing going on at all. It’s 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody’s getting drunk, and everybody’s sucking up to everybody. Boycott the f–king thing. Just say we’re not going to play this silly game with you anymore. The Oscars are different. But it’s showbiz. It’s all showbiz. That makes me sound like I’ve got sour grapes or something, doesn’t it?
If you go to the Playboy interview page 4, you can read the context for Gary’s comments about Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson, not that it makes that much of a difference. He really does use the n-word and all of that and he claims that people can’t take a joke and he’s not a bigot, etc. The Playboy interviewer barely had to lead him into it. He also talks for a bit about Heath Ledger, Phillips Seymour Hoffman and Tony Scott, but you get the idea.
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