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'I’m an a-hole'

London - Gary Oldman has branded himself an “a-hole”.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor thinks he should “know better” than to have made the comments he did in a recent interview - in which he defended Alec Baldwin after his homosexual slur and Mel Gibson for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs and branded political correctness “c**p” - and is aware he should be using his fame to be an “inspiration”.

Gary Oldman at the premiere of Robocop at the BFI IMAX Southbank in London on February 5, 2014. Photo: Suzanne Plunkett. Credit: REUTERS

He said: “I'm a public figure. I should be an example and an inspiration, and I'm an a-hole. I'm 56 and should know better.”

Gary admitted he din't realize how “offensive and insensitive” his comments were until he read them back afterwards.

Speaking on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', he said: “I said some things that were poorly considered and once I had seen it in print I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious, and ill-informed.

“Words have meaning. They carry weight and they carry on long after you've said them and I don't condone or excuse the words I used in any context. I just basically shouldn't have used them in any context, but I did and I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people.

The 'Harry Potter' star went on to stress how “profoundly sorry” he feels, particularly for letting down his fans.

He added: “I appreciate you having me here and extending your hospitality to put me in this seat once again and it gives me the opportunity to say to those people that I from my heart, I am profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic.

“Especially to the fans because they have been so incredible to me and very loyal. My nickname [for them is] 'Team Oldman' and I really feel that I let them down.” - Bang Showbiz and IOL

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