Having officially ticked off the entire world earlier this week with his incendiary comments to Playboy magazine, Gary Oldman turned up last night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to begin the long, arduous, awkward process of removing his feet from his mouth.
"I'm profoundly sorry, and deeply apologetic," Oldman said, after thanking his host for the opportunity to make a public apology on the show, where he had been slated to promote his new film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
The actor had been under fire since Monday, when his remarks — which ranged from supremely ill-advised (defending Mel Gibson's racist rant) to hysterically crotchety (he even managed to work something in about narcissistic millenials!) — made worldwide news, with reactions ranging from concern to alarm to full-on outrage. Oldman looked stricken as he apologized at length for his poor judgment, with particular emphasis on how sorry he was to have disappointed his fans.
"I really feel that I let them down," he said. "I'm a public figure. I should be an example, and an inspiration. And I'm an a-hole. And I'm 56, and I should know better."
After letting his guest speak at length, Kimmel lightened the mood by saying, "I'm so happy that someone has to apologize on this show, and it's not me, for once."