Actor Viggo Mortensen apologizes for using racial slur
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.
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.