Viggo Mortensen Apologizes After Using The “N-Word” During Q&A For Upcoming Film ‘Green Book’

Well, Viggo Mortensen was known as one of the nicest, most progressive movie stars in the world, but now he might have damaged his image a bit after saying the n-word on stage.

During a post-screening Q&A for his upcoming film ‘Green Book,’ he and his co-star Mahershala Ali were talking to a moderator about how the movie’s interracial friendship fits into a larger conversation about racism in America.

According to people in the crowd, Mortensen used the full N-word to make a point about how some progress is being made, “For instance, no one says n****r anymore,” he said.

Insiders say everyone was shocked. One woman even shouted “You can’t say that!” It was clear by the look on his face that Mortensen knew he goofed. After word spread online, the actor released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

“In making the point that many people casually used the ‘N’ word at the time in which the movie’s story takes place, in 1962, I used the full word. Although my intention was to speak strongly against racism, I have no right to even imagine the hurt that is caused by hearing that word in any context, especially from a white man. I do not use the word in private or in public. I am very sorry that I did use the full word last night, and will not utter it again.”

Obviously, Mortensen is not a racist. As we mentioned, he’s one of the more progressive stars in Hollywood.

But still, he should have known better. You just can’t say that word! How any white person doesn’t understand that by now is super confusing. There is no situation where it’s acceptable.

Remember That One Time Samuel L. Jackson Urged A Reporter To Say The N-Word During Interview? (VIDEO)

It’s a slow Monday in the movie world, so we’re going to treat you all with a throwback post. Back in early 2013, a film journalist named Jake Hamilton was interviewing Samuel L. Jackson about Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained.

During the interview, Hamilton asked Jackson about the use of the N-word in the film. It was reported that the film’s characters say the word over 100 times in the movie.

Jackson was tired of being asked this question, especially since no one was actually saying the word when they asked, so he decided to challenge the reporter.

“Have you ever said it? Try it! We’re not going to have this conversation unless you try it,” Jackson said. The reporter, who was clearly intimidated, laughed and asked Jackson to say it, “F–k no, it’s not the same thing,” he replied.

BuzzFeed interviewed Hamilton after the video went viral, and he admitted that while Jackson was intimidating, he wasn’t going to risk losing his job…

“He’s an intimidating guy. I’ve talked to him once before for The Avengers and that interview went OK. But it’s one of those things where I have my own set of moral values, just like anybody else, and I’m not going to compromise them for anyone, much less a celebrity.”