'Green Book' writer, producer Nick Vallelonga apologizes for 9/11 tweet

Peter Farrelly

On Thursday morning, the Cut revealed that Peter Farrelly, who was nominated for best director for Green Book at the Golden Globes, reportedly used to whip out his penis on previous sets.

A 1998 Newsweek feature on Farrelly and his brother, Bobby, with whom he has directed the majority of his films, discusses Peter whipping out his genitals in front of numerous people, including Diaz, who starred in the brothers' smash hit "There's Something About Mary".

Following the show last weekend, director Peter Farrelly (a Globe victor himself) issued his own apology for flashing his penis in the '90s in an attempt to be "funny".

With his Golden Globe-winning racism drama Green Book, Peter Farrelly has reinvented himself as a serious director, putting distance between himself and his past body of work, such as Shallow Hal, the 2001 rom-com which encouraged audiences to laugh at Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, and 1998's There's Something About Mary, which educated the world about the dangers of getting semen in your hair. Said musician and Shirley godson Dr. Muhammad Hatim: "The acting, the interaction, was just so moving for me, to see the spirit of Dr. Shirley was captured in such a magnificent way, I just wanted to thank everybody for that".

Cameron Diaz was one of the actors who claimed Farrelly flashed at her. "The truth is, I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now".

It was a night to remember for those involved in the making of the much-acclaimed film "Green Book" Sunday, but it was a Wednesday they'd probably like to forget.

After the tweet getting widely circulated, the writer faced huge censure with users pointing out that star of the film Mahershala Ali who is also a Muslim is "a handsome, generous and kind man". The screenplay was written by Vallelonga, Brian Currie and director Peter Farrelly.

The Shirley family has contended that Vallelonga's film is a "symphony of lies". It's received four BAFTA nominations, two SAG awards noms, a DGA nom for Farrelly, and numerous other laurels.

Of course, this story was disputed and debunked by major publications-not to mention, if you just use your brain and think logically, how would it have been possible for people to know, at that moment, the context of the attack, let alone to celebrate it? "I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news". I'm not going to answer that.

All in all, this hasn't been a good week for Green Book post-Golden Globes, and while I can admit my own bias against the movie, it doesn't really surprise me that all of this is coming out now.

"I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with 'Green Book, '" Vallelonga said in a statement.

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