“I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it,” he tells the magazine.
Gary might not be the only actor fed up with the new look of Hollywood, but suddenly he’s the most vocal.
In surprisingly frank Playboy interview, the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” star eviscerates a film industry that has made him millions while also coming across as strangely supportive of ostracized celebrities like Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin.
1. On Hollywood’s sensitivity toward racism:
“At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for ’12 Years a Slave’ you were a racist.”
2. On the political correctness police:
“I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a bleeping joke. Get over it. I heard about a science teacher who was teaching that God made the earth and God made everything and that if you believe anything else you’re stupid. A Buddhist kid in the class got very upset about this, so the parents went in and are suing the school! The school is changing its curriculum! I thought, All right, go to the school and complain about it and then that’s the end of it. But they’re going to sue! No one can take a joke anymore.”
3. On Bill Maher and Jon Stewart’s free pass:
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a bleep–and I’ll go one better, a bleeping useless bleep–I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a bleep and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, ‘I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a bleep.’ He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, ‘You bleep’? I don’t get it.”