Inspired by reality
This road movie from director Peter Farrelly is all the more exciting because… Based on a true story, Specifically Tony Lip Vallelonga, A Italian-American doorman From the Bronx who took a job as a driver on Don Shirley’s tour, A.J Shiny black piano player From the Bronx, who achieved great fame in the United States in the early sixties. The screenplay for this feature film was co-written by Tony’s son, who says he based the film on his father’s stories. The friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip lasted more than 50 years.
For the title, the makers took inspiration from one title Travel guide of the same name For Black Americans which was published until 1966. At that time, there were strict laws in the southern states of the United States to segregate black Americans from whites. In the guide, travelers can find addresses of hotels, restaurants, garages and other establishments where black customers are welcomed.
Initially, Viggo Mortensen wasn’t keen on playing Tony. The Danish-American actor felt that he did not have the ideal profile. Only after a conversation with nick Vallelonga, The film’s screenwriter and Tony’s real son changed his mind. It must be said that Mortensen did his best to portray his character as best as possible. he He only gained twenty kilograms To better shape the role, but he also knows how to master the typical New York Bronx accent.
While filming Green Book, Mahershala Ali felt like he was working with a novice director. Peter Farrelly In previous years, he exclusively produced romantic comedies such as “Dumb & Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” “I was working with someone who had 20 years of filmmaking experience, but had never done a project like Green Book before. It was like working with… Young director “I’ve worked, but with over twenty years of experience,” the actor told Time Out London.
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali during filming vulnerable to each other To be able to portray a reliable friendship on screen. “We told each other things about ourselves and our lives,” Mortensen told The Hollywood Reporter. Ali added that their working relationship got off to a good start when they met at an event in Hollywood two years ago: “We met there and here we are now stayed. That set the tone for our first conversation after choosing the Green Book about the script. “We were able to express some of our concerns and concerns in this conversation.”
At the film’s premiere, some of pianist Don Shirley’s relatives expressed their discomfort at the film’s mockery of reality, especially in relation to the film. A working relationship between Shirley and Vallelonga. However, the film was a huge success at the box office and with critics. “Green Book” He won many prestigious awards In 2019, including three Oscars, most notably Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Original Screenplay. At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, the film won two awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay.
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