Mortensen apol­o­gises for racial slur

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKY FULL OF STARS -

VIGGO MORTENSEN APOL­O­GISES for us­ing a racial slur dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion about his film Green Book.

He told The Hollywood Re­porter on Thurs­day he was mak­ing the point that many peo­ple ca­su­ally used the slur in 1962. 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 Africanamer­i­can pi­anist. The movie re­leases later this month.

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