Viggo Mortensen apologizes for using the n-word after screening his new movie Green Book. The 60-year-old actor was on Q…
Viggo Mortensen apologizes for using the n-word after screening his new movie Green Book.
The 60-year-old actor was on Q & A for the potential Oscar participant – dealing with problems of racism and segregation – on Wednesday night in Los Angeles along with his costar Mahershala Ali.
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In a statement to the people, Mortensen apologized for his choice of words saying: “Last night, I participated in a Q & A session moderated by Elvis Mitchell after a screening of the Green Book in Los Angeles. With the premise that many people temporarily used the “N” word at the time of film history, 1
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The former Lord of the Rings clarified that” although My intention was to speak strongly against racism, I can not imagine the damage caused by hearing the word in any context, especially from a white man. “
Mortensen also said he did not “use the word privately or publicly.”
“I am very sorry that I used the full word tonight and will not express it again,” he said.
Green Book Green Book ] Center on Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class African-American pianist who goes on a concert tour, played by Ali. In need of a driver and bodyguard, Shirley Tony Lip, played by Mortensen, hires while the two confront racism and segregation in Deep South.
Mortensen said that He took the role of Lip to raise awareness about racial issues that have shared the United States.
] “One of the reasons I accepted the challenge to work on Peter Farrelly’s film Green Book was to reveal ignorance and prejudice in the hope that our film history can help in some way to change people’s opinions and feelings as far as the breed is concerned, “the actor explained.
“It’s a beautiful, deep movie story that I’m very proud to be a part of,” he added.
Ali told the people in a statement “But the well-being or intellectual conversation may have been, it was not appropriate for Viggo to say the n word.”
RELATED: NBC Confirms Megyn Kelly Today “Unrecognizable” after Blackface Controversy [ “He had made it clear to me that he was aware of this and apologized a lot immediately after Q & A with Elvis Mitchell,” he said. “Knowing his intention was to express that deletion of the n word from your vocabulary does not necessarily disqualify a person as a racist or participate in actions or thoughts that are bigoted, I can accept and embrace his apology.”
Ali continued, “An excellent and moving thought was unfortunately overshadowed by expressing the word in its fullness. Which for me is always harmful.”
“The use of the word in the black community has long been discussed and its use should continues to be investigated within the black community, “he added. “The use of the word of those who are not black is not up to debate. The story of discrimination, slavery, pain, oppression and violence that the word has come to symbolize only causes harm to members of the black society and must therefore be left in the past. “
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An audience on the screening tweeted about the event, wrote” Be on a screening for # The GreenBook movie is amazing, but on Q & A after Viggo Mortensen just released the N-word and the acid immediately left the room.
Mortensen comments come after a Netflix executive was fired to use the word during a corporate meeting, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
last month to ask if you wear blackface on Halloween was racist. The comments led to that her show and her lawyer were suspended, and on Twitter, they and NBC still negotiated her retirement after the scandal.
Green Book opens November 16th.