Mortensen apol­o­gizes for us­ing ra­cial slur

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — 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 at the event on Wed­nes­day 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 said he had “no right to even imag­ine the hurt that is caused by hear­ing the word in any con­text.”

The ac­tor added that 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. The movie is due in the­aters later this month.


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