Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen apologized for utilizing the N-word throughout a panel dialogue Wednesday following the screening of his new movie “Inexperienced E book.”
Mortensen’s comment got here throughout a dialogue about race in America following a screening placed on by the Movie Unbiased Presents group in Hollywood, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
“For example, nobody says N— anymore,” he stated.
Dick Schulz, a Movie Unbiased member and freelance director, stated he was current on the screening in a tweet and that the “oxygen instantly left the room” after Mortensen’s remark.
“It was all anybody was speaking about after we left the theater,” Schulz stated. “I used to be listening to all people passing by me going up the steps going, ‘That was loopy!'”
In “Inexperienced E book,” Mortensen performs a bouncer employed by famed African-American pianist, Don Shirley, to function his driver and safety throughout a 1960s tour of the Jim Crow-era South.
The film title references “The Negro Motorist Inexperienced E book,” which served as a journey information for African-Individuals touring within the South throughout segregation by itemizing pleasant and whites-only lodges, eating places and different companies.
“In making the purpose that many individuals casually used the ‘N’ phrase on the time wherein the film’s story takes place, in 1962, I used the complete phrase,” Mortensen stated in a press release to THR. “Though my intention was to talk strongly towards racism, I’ve no proper to even think about the harm that’s brought on by listening to that phrase in any context, particularly from a white man.”
He promised by no means to say it once more.
In line with Schulz, Mortensen responded to a query directed at one other panelist and shortly went downhill from there.
“Viggo simply began speaking, and it acquired away from him shortly,” Schulz stated. “And that is when he went, ‘I am gonna go off on a tangent right here, but it surely’s necessary, and I do not like saying the phrase,” earlier than uttering the phrase.
The incident follows a former Netflix communication government who stated the N-word throughout an organization assembly within the context of explaining why it shouldn’t be stated.
Johnathan Friedland was dismissed from the corporate in June for “unacceptably low racial consciousness and sensitivity,” in response to Netflix.