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 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.

The movie is due in the­aters later this month.

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.

The dates were added af­ter tick­ets went on sale Satur­day morn­ing and fans strug­gled to get them for the ex­ist­ing shows. Many com­plained of long waits in elec­tronic queues.

The Spice Girls will be per­form­ing without Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, who has launched a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a fash­ion de­signer.

They last per­formed to­gether dur­ing the 2012 Olympics in Lon­don.

MATT CROSSICK AP

The Spice Girls, from left, Me­lanie Brown, Me­lanie Chisholm, Emma Bun­ton and Geri Horner pose for a photo last week dur­ing a live ap­pear­ance on a ra­dio show at Global Ra­dio in Leicester Square, Lon­don.

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