Maggie Gyllenhaal says she was "surprised" by the overwhelmingly negative reaction to statements she made in April about the role American policy may have played in the September 11 attacks. Not only that, but she's now basically on her hands and knees, begging for forgiveness.

At the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Danny Leiner's 9/11-aftermath pic, The Great New Wonderful, Gyllenhaal told NY1,
"I think America has done reprehensible things and is responsible in some way and so I think the delicacy with which it's dealt [in the film] allows that to sort of creep in." After a medium-sized media uproar, she released a statement, modifing her original comments but refusing to retract them: "9/11 was a terrible tragedy and of course it goes without saying that I grieve along with every American ... [but] it was also an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world."

Gyllenhaal now admits that she "regrets" her inititial statement, but still insists her "intentions were good." She says she's learned from the incident that the red carpet is not the place to discuss politics: "I realize I have to be careful, because it's very easy to misunderstand a complicated thought in a complicated world." Hmmm. Complicated.

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