Screenwriter Nick Vallelonga, Green Book, has apologized for sending a tweet to a debunked conservative story that US Muslims could…
Screenwriter Nick Vallelonga, Green Book, has apologized for sending a tweet to a debunked conservative story that US Muslims could be seen as cheering after 9/11.
“I want to apologize,” Vallelonga said in a statement issued on Thursday night. “I spent my life trying to get this story to overcome differences and find a common ground for the screen and I’m incredibly sorry for anyone associated with the” Green Book. “I particularly apologize to the incredibly brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali and all members of the Muslim faith for the harm I have caused. I am also sorry for my late father, who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise that this lesson will not be lost to me. “Green Book” is a story of love, acceptance and bridging obstacles, and I will do better. “
Vallelonga had deleted his Twitter account on Wednesday after the tweet recirculated.
Meanwhile co-financier and producer Participant Media also released a statement and said: “We find Mr Vallelonga’s Twitter offensive, dangerous and antithetical against the Participant Media values. We reject it on no uncertain terms.”
“@ realDonaldTrump 100% correct”, novet 2015 tweet read. “Muslims in Jersey City cheered when the towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.” And I saw in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people cheered when the building came down. Thousands of people were listening. with your own eyes.
Vallelonga’s script is based on the experiences of his father, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), driving concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) through Deep South for a tour of the early 1960s. Shirley’s family spoke to the film, saying they had not been contacted during production or perception.
Director Peter Farrelly, Mortensen and Vallelonga have defended the film, which won the Golden Globes on January 6 for best comedy or musical, best script and supporting actor for Ali. The script was written by Vallelonga, Brian Currie and director Peter Farrelly.