Viggo Mortensen speaks on independent film screening Green Book at ArcLight Hollywood on November 7 in Hollywood, California.
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There comes a point in the everyday path of each actor when he encounters. They do or say the wrong thing to bind in a small scandal in the middle of months and months. Good, Viggo Mortensen the time comes and it's moving. During a recent Event Questions and Answers after screening Green Paper–Peter Farrelly drama about friendship between the black pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his racist white rider (Mortensen), who was playing in the southwest time Jim Crow – the actor went to the tangent when he talked about racial relations in America.
"For example, no one says," said the actor using n-word in full Hollywood reporter. According to Dick Schulz, a member of the audience who spoke T.H.R., Mortensen made a comment when he answered a question that was directed to another member of the panelist and began to talk about racism and modern progress in America.
"And then he went," I'll go tangent here, but it's important, and I do not like saying a word, but people say not "- and then said n-word in the whole -" more "- and you could only feel that the room was instantly tense, "said Schulz. "And the craziest thing was that they were just talking about body language, so I had the feeling that everyone was really tuned to the body language, and every tongue on the panel immediately strained."
Per Schulz, one woman in crowded shouts of an actor not to say a word. "I think he regretted it immediately," Schulz said, pointing out that Mortensen was still talking and trying to get back to his main point.
Mortensen issued an apology on Thursday T.H.R., that he is sorry and that "he will not repeat it again."
"When he stated that many people use the word n-word at the time of the film's story, I used a word in 1962. Although my intention spoke strongly against racism, I have no right to imagine the injuries caused by hearing this word in any context, especially from a white man, "he said. "I do not use this word privately or publicly. I'm very sorry I used the word last night and I will not go back to it again."
Mortensen also said one of the reasons he wanted to do Green Paper "It was revealing ignorance and prejudice in the hope that the story of the film could in some way help change people's views and feelings about racial questions. It's a beautiful, deep film story that I'm very proud to be part of."
Ali has so far been professionally navigating this topic.
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