Green Book director Peter Farrelly, stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, writers/producers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Hayes Currie, composer Kris Bowers, and producers Charles B. Wessler and Jim Burke discussed their film at a Film Society of Lincoln Center Patron Evening.
Academy Award ® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary, Fever Pitch) directs the warmhearted and surprisingly comic road-trip adventure based on a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.
When Tony Lip (Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class African-American jazz pianist on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for Blacks. Confronted with racism and danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor, they are forced to set aside differences in order to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
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