‘Green Book’ Writer Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Twitter Post through 2015

Nick Vallelonga, one of the writers of the film “Green Book,” apologized on Thursday for a 2015 Twitter post in which he agreed with then-candidate Donald J. Trump’s false claim about Muslims, which “thousands of people were cheering” on rooftops in Jersey City following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“I want to apologize,” Vallelonga said in a statement. “I spent my life trying to bring This particular story of overcoming differences in addition to finding common ground to the screen, in addition to I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with ‘Green Book.’”

He went on: “I especially deeply apologize to the brilliant in addition to kind Mahershala Ali, in addition to all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused. I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much through Dr. Shirley’s friendship in addition to I promise This particular lesson is actually not lost on me. ‘Green Book’ is actually a story about love, acceptance in addition to overcoming barriers, in addition to I will do better.”

President Trump initially made the statement at a campaign rally in Birmingham, Ala., when he said: “I watched when the entire world Trade Center came tumbling down. in addition to I watched in Jersey City, completely new Jersey, where thousands in addition to thousands of people were cheering as which building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.” He kept defending the claim for several days after, even though officials in addition to factcheckers repeatedly debunked the assertion.

Vallelonga said in a post on Twitter at the time: “@realDonaldTrump 100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw the idea, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”

After the post commenced recirculating This particular week, Vallelonga deleted his Twitter account.

“Green Book” has seen its stock rise at the beginning of awards season as a result of an unexpectedly strong showing at the Golden Globes. the idea won three awards there, including for best screenplay, best motion picture (musical or comedy), in addition to for best supporting actor in a motion picture (which went to Ali). Since opening in November, the movie has taken in $37 million at the box office off a $23 million budget.

although the promotional tour has had its hiccups. Viggo Mortensen, one of the film’s stars, apologized in November for using a racial slur at a panel discussion about the movie. Peter Farrelly, the director of “Green Book,” apologized on Wednesday after The Cut, a website under completely new York Magazine’s umbrella, uncovered comments through 1998 in which Farrelly said he used to flash his penis to unsuspecting colleagues as a joke.

The film has become one of the most controversial of the season because of its content as well.

“Green Book” tells the story of a black pianist, Don Shirley (played by Ali), who hires a white bodyguard, Tony Lip (Mortensen), as they traverse the South during the Civil Rights era. Lip was Vallelonga’s father, who also went on to have an acting career himself. His most famous role was his portrayal of Carmine Lupertazzi on “The Sopranos.”

Shirley’s relatives have disputed the characterization of Shirley from the film, including the part about Shirley being estranged through his family, which they say is actually not true. His family members also said they weren’t consulted about the story. Shirley’s only living brother, Maurice Shirley, has called the movie a “symphony of lies.”