Ac­tor Mortensen apol­o­gizes for us­ing ra­cial slur

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Ac­tor Viggo Mortensen has apol­o­gized for us­ing a ra­cial slur dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion about his new film “Green Book.”

Mortensen, who is white, ap­peared Wed­nes­day at the event with his co-star, Ma­her­shala Ali, and di­rec­tor Pe­ter Far­relly.

Mortensen told The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter on Thurs­day he was mak­ing the point that many peo­ple ca­su­ally used the slur in 1962, when the movie takes place. He says he had “no right to even imag­ine the hurt that is caused by hear­ing the word in any con­text.” He says he in­tended to “speak strongly against racism” and is 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 South.

Spice Girls add 5 shows as ticket de­mand soars

It seems Bri­tish fans can’t get enough of the soon-to-be re­u­nited Spice Girls.

The band that peaked in the 1990s has added five shows to its planned re­union tour next year af­ter fans com­plained they couldn’t buy tick­ets.

The Spice Girls added ex­tra gigs in Lon­don, Coven­try and Manch­ester. The re­union tour will now be­gin at Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester on May 31.

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