Gary Oldman may be beloved for his portrayal of Sirius Black in the "Harry Potter" films and his amazing body of work overall, but he admitted on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday that "I am an a------."
Why you've got to watch this
"The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" star offers a heartfelt apology after some comments landed him in seriously hot water. Among his mea culpas:
- "I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people."
- "From my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic, especially to the fans because they've been so incredible to me and very loyal. ... They're like Team Oldman."
- "I'm a public figure. I should be an example and an inspiration. And I'm an a------. I'm 56 and I should know better!"
- "I stepped out of my area of expertise and I just landed both feet in a hornet's nest."
Despite the serious nature of the chat, Kimmel also cracked a few jokes that you've got to hear.
- The controversy started when Goldman's interview in the July/August issue of Playboy surfaced. In it, he defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their public use of slurs and outbursts, and even went on to drop a few slurs of his own.
- This isn't the first apology Oldman has issued for the remarks he made in the Playboy interview. On Wednesday, he released an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League, stating, "Upon reading my comments in print — I see how insensitive they may be."
- So why apologize again? The ADL didn't think the first one was good enough. "I'd like to see a little more introspection, a little more understanding and a little more education rather than a statement that looks like a PR move," ADL head Abraham Foxman told Variety.
We leave you with this
The "Dracula" actor is only the latest in a recent string of celebrities who've apologized for their words and actions. While Oldman's message seems sincere, it didn't quite meet the high benchmark that Jonah Hill set earlier in the month when he apologized on "The Tonight Show" for using a gay slur against paparazzi.