‘Green Book’ direc­tor Peter Far­relly apol­o­gizes for flash­ing his gen­i­tals at col­leagues

Miami Herald - - PEOPLE - BY RACHEL DESAN­TIS New York Daily News

“Green Book” direc­tor Peter Far­relly has apol­o­gized after a decades-old ar­ti­cle resur­faced that made note of his habit of flash­ing his gen­i­talia to col­leagues.

It was first men­tioned in a 1998 Newsweek ar­ti­cle brought to light by New York magazine’s fash­ion ver­ti­cal The Cut Wed­nes­day.

In the ar­ti­cle, Peter and his brother Bobby speak of trick­ing peo­ple into get­ting a peek at Peter’s gen­i­talia, with Newsweek writ­ing that the sib­lings have “con­cocted a va­ri­ety of clever ploys de­signed to get you to look at it.”

Those men­tioned as hav­ing fallen vic­tim to the ploys in­clude ac­tress Cameron Diaz, then 25 and star­ring in “There’s Some­thing About Mary,” and Fox ex­ec­u­tive Tom Roth­man.

“When a direc­tor shows you his pe­nis the first time you meet him, you’ve got to rec­og­nize the cre­ative ge­nius,” Diaz said.

Far­relly, 62, apol­o­gized for his past be­hav­ior in a state­ment ob­tained by the Daily News Thurs­day.

“I was an id­iot. I did this decades ago and I thought I was be­ing funny and the truth is I’m em­bar­rassed and it makes me cringe now,” he said. “I’m deeply sorry.”

Far­relly’s “Green Book,” star­ring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, won big at the Golden Globes Sun­day and has been gen­er­at­ing Os­car buzz de­spite be­ing plagued by con­tro­versy.

Pro­ducer and co-writer Nick Val­le­longa deleted his Twit­ter ac­count Wed­nes­day after a 2015 tweet in which he claimed to have seen “Mus­lims in Jer­sey City cheer­ing” after 9/11 resur­faced.

“@re­alDon­aldTrump 100 per­cent cor­rect. Mus­lims in Jer­sey City cheer­ing when tow­ers went down. I saw it, as you did, pos­si­bly on lo­cal CBS News,” the tweet read.

The film cen­ters on Val­le­longa’s fa­ther, Frank, and his re­la­tion­ship with prodigy pi­anist Don Shirley, for whom he served as chauf­feur in the early ‘60s dur­ing a tour of the Jim Crow-era Deep South.

Shirley’s fam­ily has been vo­cal in their crit­i­cism of the movie, which brother Mau­rice deemed a “sym­phony of lies” for its por­trayal of Don’s re­la­tion­ship with black cul­ture and his fam­ily.

“I didn’t know (his fam­ily was) around. I made con­tact, and I’ve spo­ken to the stu­dio and ev­ery­one, and I have to move on at this point,” Ali said after the Golden Globes.

Mau­rice told the Daily News ear­lier this week he har­bors no ill will to­ward Ali. 11:00 11:30

JOR­DAN STRAUSS Invision/AP

Peter Far­relly ar­rives Jan 3 at the 30th an­nual Palm Springs In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia.Top right, Cameron Diaz, then 25, in ‘There’s Some­thing About Mary,’ co-di­rected in 1998 by Peter Far­relly.

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