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Green Book is a film that is being lauded as a frontrunner to win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars and it has already received some award recognition. Indeed, Green Book was awarded Best Film of 2018 by the National Board of Review and it is expected that Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen will be in contention for awards too.
In an interview with Collider, Viggo Mortensen was given the opportunity to speak about various aspects of Green Book.
Viggo Mortensen had this to say on how he came to be involved with Green Book:
“Pete Farrelly sent it to me with an email. He said, ‘This is a little different for me; you’ll see. And I want you to play this guy Tony.’ And I said, ‘Okay.’ He said, ‘It’s a true story. This really happened and stuff,’ so I started reading the script, and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s kind of a drama really with some funny stuff in it.’ Although I have to say, it was funnier the way it turned out.”
“On the page it was like you chuckle and some of it’s funny, but a lot of it has to do with I guess the chemistry with Mahershala, just the rhythm that we got into together, and the way we listened to each other. It’s like the reactions from him, and then my reaction to him.”
“Like, the incomprehensible oil and water dynamic, and that really helped make it laugh-out-loud funny sometimes. But it’s always organic. It’s always based on the contrast between them, which is good.”
“So in that sense it’s somewhat different than Pete’s other stuff, even in the humor. And then there’s some profound stuff in it too. It’s like, I mean, if you want to take it in, there’s a civics lesson, there’s a history lesson, there’s I guess a cautionary tale in some ways.”
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