‘Inexperienced E book’ Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet – Hollywood Reporter

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‘Inexperienced E book’ Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet – Hollywood Reporter

'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter

Nick Vallelonga has been beneath fireplace — and apologized — for a 2015 tweet that’s essential of Muslims.

Nick Vallelonga, one in every of Oscar hopeful Inexperienced E book‘s screenwriters and producers, won’t attend Sunday’s Critics’ Selection Awards, or have a lot of a presence in any respect on the awards circuit for the remainder of this season, The Hollywood Reporter has discovered.

Vallelonga, 59, whose father, Tony Lip, is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen within the movie (reverse Mahershala Ali‘s Don Shirley), received a Golden Globe on Sunday night time when the movie was awarded finest screenplay. The movie additionally picked up a Globe for finest image (musical or comedy), and Ali received the supporting actor Globe.

Nevertheless, Vallelonga has been beneath fireplace since Wednesday, following the resurfacing of a 2015 tweet wherein he addressed a tweet to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump a few debunked conspiracy principle: “100% right. Muslims in Jersey Metropolis cheering when towers went down. I noticed it, as you probably did, probably on native CBS information.”

Vallelonga subsequently deleted the tweet — and his Twitter account — earlier than issuing an announcement wherein he stated: “I need to apologize. I spent my life making an attempt to convey this story of overcoming variations and discovering frequent floor to the display screen, and I’m extremely sorry to everybody related to Inexperienced E book. I particularly deeply apologize to the good and sort Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim religion, for the damage I’ve brought about. I’m additionally sorry to my late father who modified a lot from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson shouldn’t be misplaced on me. Inexperienced E book is a narrative about love, acceptance and overcoming obstacles, and I’ll do higher.”

Participant Media, which produced Inexperienced E book, launched an announcement of its personal: “We discover Mr. Vallelonga’s Twitter submit offensive, harmful and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no unsure phrases.”

Inexperienced E book is nominated for seven Critics’ Selection Awards on Sunday — finest image (Vallelonga, Farrelly, Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler and Brian Currie), finest director (Farrelly), finest actor (Mortensen), finest supporting actor (Ali), finest screenplay (Vallelonga, Currie and Farrelly), finest rating (Kris Bowers) and finest actor in a comedy (Mortensen).

Oscar nomination voting started on Jan. 7 and runs by Jan. 14.

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'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter
'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter
'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter
'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter
'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter

'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter

'Inexperienced E Book' Screenwriter Fallout From Anti-Muslim Tweet - Hollywood Reporter