Viggo Mortensen is praised by Mahershali Ali as an extraordinary teammate & # 39; days after the N-word scandal
Only two days after Viggo Mortensen raised his eyebrows with his use of the N-word, his co-star, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, has nothing but praise for the actor.
During a Q & A for their movie Green Book in Hollywood, Mortensen said on Wednesday: "Nobody says more, for example, & # 39; which raised many eyebrows, but Ali, 44, still had nothing but praise for Mortensen, 60.
"Viggo was great because he is an extraordinary teammate", told Ali US Weekly during the AFI Fest screening of Green Book on Friday. & # 39; He was someone who felt that I was doing my best to do my best. I think I was trying to do exactly the same thing with him. & # 39;
Praise from Ali: despite his controversy about the N-word, Mahershala Ali had nothing but praise for his Green Book co-star Viggo Mortensen this week.
& # 39; But we always tried to improve the scene, & # 39; Ali added. & # 39; Every day we did our best to improve the situation and just take advantage of the opportunities we had together to create something special. & # 39;
After the Q & A on Wednesday Mortensen issued an apology explaining why he used the full N-word during the Q & A.
& # 39; By emphasizing that many people nonchalantly used the N-word at the time the story of the film took place, in 1962, I used the full word & # 39 ;, his statement began.
Although I intended to speak vigorously against racism, I do not have the right to even imagine the pain caused by hearing that word in any context, especially from a white & # 39; , he continued. & # 39; I do not use the word privately or in public. I am very sorry that I used the full word last night and will not repeat it again. & # 39;
Under fire: after the Q & A on Wednesday, Mortensen published an apology explaining why he used the full N-word during the Q & A
Ali added that Mortensen, immediately apologized after following the Q & A & # 39 ;, which was moderated by the African-American film critic Elvis Mitchell.
How well-intentioned or intellectual the conversation was, it was not appropriate for Viggo to say the N-word, & # 39; Ali said. Mortensen made it clear to him that Mortensen was aware that it was not appropriate to say the N word.
Knowing that he intended to express that removing the N word from your vocabulary does not necessarily disqualify a person as a racist or engages in actions or thoughts that are intolerant, I can accept his apology and Embrace, & # 39; continued Ali.
On the screen: Viggo and Mahershali in a scene together for Green Book
& # 39; An excellent and poignant thought was unfortunately overshadowed by pronouncing the word in its fullness, & # 39; continued Ali.
"What is always painful to me … The use of the word by those who are not black is not up for discussion", Ali added.
"The history of discrimination, slavery, pain, oppression and violence that has been put into words only causes damage to members of the black community and must therefore be left behind in the past, & # 39; he said.
Mortensen controversy: & # 39; No matter how well-intentioned or intellectual the conversation was, it was not appropriate for Viggo to say the N-word, & # 39; said Ali, and Mortensen made it clear to him that Mortensen was aware that it was not appropriate for him to say the N-word
Ali and Mortensen's film Green Book is based on the true story of an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), who becomes the director of the Afro-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during his tour through the American South in the sixties.
The title is a reference to the Green Book by The Negro Motorist, which was published between 1936 and 1966 as a guide to help African Americans deal with racial segregation and Jim Crow laws at the time.
The film debuted on critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival and this autumn was a hit on the festival circuit, with the film debut in limited edition November 16 before it expanded on November 21 nationwide.
Green Book star: Ali and Mortensen's film Green Book is based on the true story of an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), who becomes the director of the Afro-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) during his tour of the American South in the sixties