Mortensen says sorry
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..