Academy Award Nominated GREEN BOOK Interviews and Review
21 Feb, 2019
Set during the era of segregation and Jim Crow laws, Frank Anthony Vallelonga, aka Tony Lip, played by 91st Academy Award Best Actor Nominee Viggo Mortensen, (“The Lord of the Rings” (2001, 2003), “Captain Fantastic” (2016)), is hired as a private driver to chauffeur and protect prestigious, ingenious world-class Black pianist Dr. Don Shirley, portrayed by Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight” (2016), “House of Cards” (2-13-2016), “Hidden Figures” (2016)). In “Green Book” (2018) the two embark on a journey touring the country playing concerts from Manhattan to the Deep South. Tony, a crass New York City bouncer from an Italian American neighborhood in the Bronx, is filled with prejudice.
Watch our exclusive SFFilm interview with 91st Academy Award Best Actor Nominee Viggo Mortensen:
But as the two men travel together on their great adventure—relying on the Green Book—a travel guide to safe lodging, dining, and business options for African Americans in order to avoid being victimized by the violent, hateful, discriminatory treatment running rampant in the South—a lifelong respect and friendship between the two men is formed and continually deepened. Further, with each destination and challenging encounter, stereotypes and assumptions in regards to race, gender and sexual orientation are shattered.
Watch our exclusive interviews with 91st Academy Award Best Original Screenplay Nominated writers Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie for “Green Book” on Opening Night of the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival:
Both Mortensen and Ali provide outstanding performances playing off each other making the most difficult situations humorous and heart-warming. We had the opportunity to speak with lead actor Viggo Mortensen at SFFilm’s Special Presentation — A Tribute to Viggo Mortensen: Green Book, as well as discussed the biographical story with the film’s two writers, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, at Napa Valley Film Festival.
Watch our exclusive interview with “Green Book” Composer Kris Bowers from Opening Night of the 2018 Napa Valley Film Festival: