Ryan Phillippe Defends Homophobic Jokes in MacGruber

Entertainment Jun. 4, 2010 AT 9:02AM
Ryan Phillippe Defends Homophobic Jokes in MacGruber Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

Ryan Phillippe's latest comedy, MacGruber, contains a few homophobic quips -- but the actor insists it's "all in a decent spirit."

"There aren’t that many gay jokes. I took my best gay friend with me to the screening and he loved it," the actor, 35, tells The Advocate of his SNL-inspired flick.

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"The funny thing about MacGruber is that he’s a deplorable human being -- he’s sexist, a little homophobic, a bit racist and a bumbling idiot -- but somehow, and it’s a testament to how good of an actor Will Forte is, you still like him."

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But Phillippe's fans may not be that forgiving after all. MacGruber debuted at No. 6 its opening weekend and generated a mere $7.9 million since hitting theaters theaters May 21.

"I have my own meter as to what is and isn’t offensive, but I might bounce something off of my gay friends to get another perspective," Phillippe says in the film's defense.

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But don't give the actor too much flak -- just last month, Phillippe admitted that he's "tired of getting s*** on" in the media after ex Abbie Cornish, 27, announced their split in a press release. "I don't feel like I deserve it," he told Howard Stern. "Things happen! How many people have you broken up with over your life?"

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