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.
"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."
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.
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?"