Green Book Oscar campaign unravels after twin controversies involving director, writer

Green Book Writer Nick Vallelonga Once Backed Trump's Claim Jersey Muslims Cheered on 9/11

Around the same time, the Cut unearthed a 1998 Newsweek story about Peter Farrelly, Green Book's director, describing his habit of showing his penis on set.

The actress was also interviewed by The Sunday Times back in 1998 and added that after she got the script for "Mary", she asked to talk about that scene and said, "We were in a restaurant and Peter Farrelly showed me his penis.

I did this decades ago and I thought I was being amusing and the truth is I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now", the director said in his statement.

Nick Vallelonga, the Golden Globe-winning writer of the critically acclaimed drama "Green Book", has apologized for a 2015 tweet containing a false, Islamophobic statement. "In fact, I'm still recovering". Farrelly said: "I thought I was being amusing and the truth is I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now".

Rothman said, "I have been flashed". She said the incident happened while they filmed "There's something about Mary".

Bolstered by its 2019 Golden Globes win for Best Comedy or Musical, "Green Book" is a top contender for this year's Best Picture Oscar. 'Tell me, ' I say, digesting this news and feeling a complex mixture of relief and disappointment, 'which you find more tantalizing, the thought of someone laughing at your penis, or the thought of someone laughing at your films?' 'Tantalizing?!' Bobby echoes, perhaps just a fraction alarmed. The screenplay was written by Vallelonga, Brian Currie and director Peter Farrelly.


Green Book - named after the celebrated guide book that enabled black motorists to avoid racial discrimination as they travelled across the United States - is about an Italian-American driver/bodyguard played by Viggo Mortensen, based on Vallelonga's father Tony, who accompanies African-American pianist Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Jim Crow-era deep south. His tweet is especially awkward because Ali, who portrayed pianist Dr. Don Shirley, is a practicing Muslim.

As many noted online, the underlying message of Green Book stands in contrast to Vallelonga's past comment.

Farrelly was also nominated for Best Director but lost out to Alfonso Curaón who directed Roma.

Of course, this story was disputed and debunked by major publications-not to mention, if you just use your brain and think logically, how would it have been possible for people to know, at that moment, the context of the attack, let alone to celebrate it? I'm not going to answer that.

After the revelation, Farrelly issued a statement, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, corroborating the stories and apologised for his behaviour. "Green Book" is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better".

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