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'Green Book' Oscar campaign unravels after twin controversies involving director, writer

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

After Viggo Mortensen, "Green Book" and have both landed in separate controversies which could adversely affect the movie's campaign after its three wins at

The film, featuring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson as a and his Italian-American who become unlikely friends, won a Globe Award on Sunday for best musical or comedy film, besides writing and supporting trophies.

found himself embroiled in a controversy after an old story resurfaced where he admitted to flashing his privates as a joke.

republished excerpts from the director's 1998 profile, where admitted to pulling out his penis in front of several people on his sets.

After the revelation, Farrelly issued a statement, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, corroborating the stories and apologised for his behaviour.

"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," the said.

In The profile of Farrelly and his brother Bobby, which came before the release of their directorial "There's Something About Mary", features an anecdote from the film's star

"When a shows you his penis the first time you meet him, you've got to recognise the creative genius," she had said.

Meanwhile, the film's Vallelonga has found himself on shaky ground after his old tweets resurfaced in which he claimed to have witnessed thousands of Muslims in celebrate the September 11 attacks on the

The tweets were in response to US Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric where he had said that he saw Muslims celebrating with his own eyes, something that was debunked later.

"@realDonaldTrump 100% correct. Muslims in cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news," Vallelonga wrote.

Soon after the tweet resurfaced, Vallelonga's entire profile was deleted.

The was earlier criticised by family members of for its alleged narrative falsehoods.

Mortensen had also attracted controversy after he used the N-word during a promotional panel discussion in November last year. The later apologised, saying that his "intention was to speak strongly against racism".

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 16:50 IST
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