LOS ANGELES: British actor Gary Oldman was locked in a bitter row with a Jewish lobby group on Wednesday after claiming that Hollywood is “run by Jews” and defending Mel Gibson over a notorious anti-Semitic rant.
The 56-year-old apologised to the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, saying he has “an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people.”
But the ADL dismissed his “insufficient” apology — a comment rejected by Oldman’s manager, who hailed the “downright elegant” apology.
“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” Oldman said of his interview with a men’s magazine.
“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.”
The “Dark Knight” star made the controversial comments when talking about Gibson’s notorious 2006 anti-Semitic rant at a US sheriff’s deputy who had arrested him for drink driving.
“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,” Oldman told the men’s magazine.
“I just think political correctness is crap.”