Viggo Mortensen Says Universal ‘Retreated for Too Long’ During ‘Green Book’ Backlash

The 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner “Green Book” is back in the conversation as the film’s star Viggo Mortensen starts rolling out his directorial debut “Falling,” where he plays a gay man taking care of his homophobic, ailing father.

In “Green Book,” he played the driver of Dr.

Don Shirley, the concert pianist played by Mahershala Ali, and some complained that the film played into white savior tropes.

Shirley’s family publicly criticized the film as a misrepresentation of their relative, while other critics have condemned “Green Book” as simply the story of a bigot’s (in this case Mortensen’s character) redemption.But Mortensen has continued to defend the film, and has insisted that it will “stand the test of time” in a new interview with The Film Stage (via The Playlist).“The dumbass in that story was the white guy,” Mortensen said.

“There was a steep learning curve for the character I played.

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