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,” Mor- tensen’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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