Ac­tor Viggo Mortensen apologizes for us­ing racial slur

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sen Viggo Morten-

Ac­tor

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,

and

Ma­her­shala Ali, Peter Far­relly.

di­rec­tor

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.

In 1918,

fight­ing in World War I ended as the Al­lies and Ger­many signed an ar­mistice in the For­est of Com­piegne.

In 1942,

dur­ing World War II, Ger­many com­pleted its oc­cu­pa­tion of France.

Viggo Mortensen

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