Image copyrightGetty Images Image captionNick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes The…
The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologized for 201
5 tweet he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he
Vallelonga wrote that Mr. Trump was “100% correct”, but has now said sorry “for the hurt I have caused.”
He won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday, and the Oscars are now six weeks away.
Vallelonga wrote Green Book about the story of his father Tony Lip, who drove black concert pianist Don Shirley through the US Deep South at the racism of the 1960s
Viggo Mortensen plays the driver, while Mahershala Ali, a Muslim, portrays Shirley. But its Oscar chances may be affected by a string of recent controversies.
Shirley’s family have criticized the film, saying it is filled with “lies”; co-writer and director Peter Farrelly has apologized after an old interview surfaced in which he talked about flashing his genitals; and Mortensen has said sorry for using the N word in an interview.
The latest controversy comes after the re-emergence of the tweet. I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were coming down. “Quote:” 100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. as you did, possibly on local CBS news. “Image copyright
There has been no evidence to support Mr Trump’s claim that “thousands” celebrated after the attacks in 2001.
New Jersey, but it did not show footage of the men.
In a statement reported by Hollywood Reporter, Variety and other sites, Vallelonga said: “I want to apologize. and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with Green Book.
” members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused. I am so sorry for my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me. “Green Book is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I want you better. “
Participant Media, which produced the film, also released a statement saying:” We find Mr Vallelonga’s Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no uncertain terms. “
La La Country producer Jordan Horowitz was among those criticizing the writer on Twitter, calling his comments “too disgusting”