‘Green Book’ Director Peter Farrelly Apologizes For Penis-Flashing Prank
Three days after winning a Golden Globe, Green Book director Peter Farrelly has come forward to apologize after old reports detailing him flashing Cameron Diaz and others had resurfaced.
In a 1998 Newsweek feature that was resurfaced by The Cut, Diaz described how Farrelly had flashed her his penis at a meeting to discuss her casting in his and his brother Bobby’s hit comedy There’s Something About Mary.
“When a director shows you his penis the first time you meet him, you’ve got to recognize the creative genius,” she told Newsweek at the time which described the flashing as a regular prank that he had also pulled on movie executives.
The Cut’s article also pointed out another 1998 article from The Observer which stated that Farrelly had pulled the prank on unsuspecting people at least “500 times.”
On Wednesday, Farrelly issued a statement to USA TODAY apologizing for his behavior. “True. I was an idiot. 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,” he said.
Hours later, Green Book screenwriter Nick Vallelonga, who won a Golden Globe for best screenplay came under fire for a 2015 tweet in which he supports the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s false assertion that Muslim Americans in New Jersey were seen celebrating the 9/11 attacks.
“@realDonaldTrump 100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news,” he wrote at the time.
Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book. My industry just gave him a Golden Globe for writing. This remains on his timeline.
Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man.
This is all just too disgusting. pic.twitter.com/LYVbpFZFUL
— Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) January 10, 2019
The film writer has since deleted his Twitter account.
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz wasn’t happy with the tweet and wrote a post about his disgust with it.
“Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book. My industry just gave him a Golden Globe for writing. This remains on his timeline,” Horowitz wrote. “Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man. This is all just too disgusting.”
Green Book which follows the relationship between an Italian-American New York bouncer who chauffeurs a black classical pianist in the South during the 1960s has also been criticized by pianist and composer, Dr. Don Shirley’s family. Shirley’s brother, Maurice described the film as “a symphony of lies” during an interview with Shadow and Act.