The movie follows the friendship between celebrated pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) and his rough-around-the-edges driver Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen).
Tony Vallelonga was Nick Vallelonga’s father.
“I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me,” Vallelonga added. “‘Green Book’ is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better.”
“Green Book” won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical on Sunday, but its path to accolades has encountered controversy.
The film has been accused of exaggerating the pair’s friendship and criticized by some of Shirley’s surviving relatives.
Mortensen was also the target of ire when, during a post-screening discussion in November, he used the N-word while trying to draw a contrast between the period in which the film is set and present day. He later apologized.
And on Wednesday, “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly apologized after news articles referencing past instances of sexual misconduct, veiled at the time as attempts at humor, resurfaced.
“True. I was an idiot,” Farrelly said in a statement to CNN. “I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”