‘Green Book’ Writer Defends Film After Family Backlash: Don Shirley ‘Approved What I Put In’ (Exclusive)
As “Green Book” picks up accolades on the way to Oscars nominations, controversy continues to swirl around its veracity as a depiction of real-life concert pianist Dr.
Don Shirley after his family asserted they were not consulted for the film, calling it a “symphony of lies.”Co-writer Nick Vallelonga, who based the story on his father’s experience driving Shirley through the Deep South for a tour, spoke to Variety at the National Board of Review gala on Tuesday evening in New York City about the dispute.Vallelonga — whose father, Tony Lip, is played by Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book” — revealed that Dr.
Shirley, before his death, told him not to speak to anyone else while writing the story.“It’s unfortunate to me because I don’t want to hurt the Shirley family in any way,” Vallelonga said Tuesday night.“They were together a year and a half and they did remain friends,
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