Mortensen says sorry

Sunday Star-Times - - WORLD -

US ac­tor Viggo Mortensen has apol­o­gised for us­ing a racial slur dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion about his new film Green Book. The Lord of the Rings star used the n-word when he ap­peared on Thurs­day at the event with his co-star, Ma­her­shala Ali, and di­rec­tor Peter Far­relly. Mortensen told The Hollywood Re­porter he was mak­ing the point that many peo­ple ca­su­ally used the slur in 1962, when the movie is set. He said he in­tended to ‘‘speak strongly against racism’’, and was sorry he used the word. In Green Book, Mortensen’s char­ac­ter is hired to drive an African-Amer­i­can pi­anist on a con­cert tour in the Amer­i­can South..

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