3:34 PM PST 11/10/2018
Premiere at the AFI Fest, "Green Book" traces the friendship that develops between a bouncer and musician while traveling in South America.
Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini all went on the red carpet at TCL Chinese theaters on Friday night to celebrate the premiere of Green Book, telling about the true story of the friendship developed between the Italian-American tough guy Tony Lip and the Afro-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley when they started on a concert trip together through the American South in the 1960s.
The film's title refers to a book that was once published to African American travelers so that they could find non segregated restaurants, hotels and other facilities when traveling across the country.
It's a movie that celebrates friendship under difficult circumstances. On Friday, Mortensen, who plays Lip, spoke to THR about what he hoped the audience would eventually remove from the movie. "Hope," he said. "People, if they spend time with someone else, no matter how different they seem to be … you will always learn something. You will always find a reason to connect to that person. Any story that can do that can restore some faith is valuable. "
Ali plays Doctor Shirley, a virtuoso musician who also had three doctors who treat the daily dangers and indignities of being a black man traveling through a segregated country. He told THR If chemistry developed between himself and Mortensen enabled them to give their best performance.
"Honestly, I felt like it clicked before we even started shooting. We had about ten hours of boarding time to get into it and I felt like we were on the same side from the jump. And when we started playing on the day, it was really about discovering, uplifting each other, rooting for each other, he said. "If a take was good for me and was not for him, I was completely ready to do another take and vice versa."
The film was directed by Peter Farley, who tried to get a light comic touch to the film while respecting the subject's seriousness.
"I've never had an actor to raise roles as much as they did," Farley told me Hollywood Reporter of its actors. "This story was good on paper, but it's better on the screen. It was shaded things they found that they tried to be like" Oh my God, this is hilarious. "This is not a fun script, but it's a hilarious movie, and it's because of their performances. "
The end of the movie was greeted with a worrying standing ovation and more than a few tearful eyes.
After the film's conclusion, the guests passed to the hotel Hollywood Roosevelt, where they served an Italian party in the lobby that contained pencil paste with meatballs and potatoesgnocchi in a cream sauce.