Ac­tor Viggo 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 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.

PHO­TOS BY JOHN FITZHUGH jc­fitzhugh@sun­her­

One-hun­dred-one-year-old vet­eran Mar­ion Ritchie rides in the Gulf Coast Vet­er­ans Day pa­rade in down­town Gulf­port on Satur­day. The pa­rade is the largest vet­er­ans pa­rade in Mis­sis­sippi. The Red, White and Blue Fes­ti­val was held at Jones Park in Gulf­port in con­junc­tion with the pa­rade.

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