Tim­ber­lake apol­o­gizes to wife for ‘strong lapse in judg­ment’

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NEWS -

NEW YORK >> Justin Tim­ber­lake has pub­licly apol­o­gized to his ac­tress­wife, Jessie Biel, days af­ter he was seen hold­ing hands with the co-star of his up­com­ing movie.

The pop star and ac­tor wrote on In­sta­gram that he prefers to “stay away from gos­sip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is im­por­tant to ad­dress re­cent ru­mors that are hurt­ing the peo­ple I love.”

He then wrote that in the pho­tos and video that went vi­ral last month of him and ac­tress Alisha Wain­wright at a New Or­leans bar, he “dis­played a strong lapse in judg­ment — but let me be clear — noth­ing hap­pened be­tween me and my co-star.”

Tim­ber­lake says he “drank way too much that night and I re­gret my be­hav­ior. I should have known bet­ter. This is not the ex­am­ple I want to set for my son.”

Tim­ber­lake is film­ing the movie “Palmer” with Wain­wright.

BOS­TON >> In Peter Far­relly’s 2018 Os­car­win­ning film, “Green Book,” chauf­feur Tony Lip quips: “The world’s full of lonely peo­ple afraid to make the first move.”

Nei­ther Far­relly nor his brother, Bobby Far­relly, the di­rec­tor of 1998’s “There’s Some­thing About Mary,” fits that de­scrip­tion. Both are be­ing rec­og­nized for press­ing Hol­ly­wood re­peat­edly and pub­licly to do a bet­ter job of cast­ing and por­tray­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Bos­ton-based Ru­d­er­man Family Foun­da­tion, a lead­ing voice in call­ing for more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the dis­abled, said the brothers are the re­cip­i­ents of its sixth an­nual Mor­ton E. Ru­d­er­man Award in In­clu­sion.

The foun­da­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press it picked the Far­rellys for their out­spo­ken ef­forts to make movies more in­clu­sive and au­then­tic. They’ll be pre­sented with the award next spring.

“When you tell a story, you want it to take place in a real world — and it’s not a real world if they don’t in­clude ev­ery­body,” said Peter Far­relly, who co-wrote and di­rected “Green Book,” which won Os­cars for best pic­ture and best orig­i­nal screen­play.

Bobby Far­relly re­called how the brothers played with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties in the neigh­bor­hood where they grew up in Cumberland, R.I., just over the line from Mas­sachusetts.

“They made us laugh; they were our friends,” he said in a video­tap ed mes­sage. “And so when we started mak­ing movies, we thought, why wouldn’t we in­clude peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the movies — in the sto­ries that we tell — be­cause they are a part of our life.”

The brothers have col­lab­o­rated on other hit films in­clud­ing “Dumb and Dum­ber,” “Me, My­self & Irene” and “The Heart­break Kid.”

Ru­d­er­man says its re­search shows that only 5% of the char­ac­ters on top TV shows are played by ac­tors with dis­abil­i­ties. In re­al­ity, Peter Far­relly says, 20% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion has some kind of dis­abil­ity.

It says Hol­ly­wood, mean­while, fre­quently de­picts peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in a way that “per­pet­u­ates mis­con­cep­tions and stereo­types.”

The foun­da­tion works for more in­clu­sion and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the dis­abled. Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents of its award in­clude Olympic swim­ming cham­pion Michael Phelps, Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Mar­lee Matlin and for­mer Demo­cratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, of Iowa, a driving force be­hind the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act.


Peter Far­relly, left, and Bobby Far­relly at­tend The Pro­ject Green­light Sea­son 4 pre­miere of “The Leisure Class” at The The­atre At The Ace Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les.

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