‘Green Book’ screenwriter Nick Vallelonga seems to be a Deplorable conspiracist

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - 2019 Telecast

I’ve been banging the drum against Green Book ever since I watched it over the holidays. It’s the “true story” of Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga working as a driver for jazz pianist Don Shirley in the early 1960s. The film was written by three white men, Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Tony Lip’s son Nick Vallelonga. The script is a mess, mostly because Tony Lip is treated as the hero of the story, and the film happens almost entirely through his perspective as a racist dude who is redeemed because he befriends one African-American dude. Don Shirley is treated as little more than a plot device for Tony Lip’s growth and humanity. Plus, I believe Don Shirley’s relatives – many of whom have issues with the film – that Vallelonga and the other writers misrepresented Don Shirley in significant ways, both big and small.

What I didn’t know before now was that it seems like some other studios have done some research on Green Book too, and that now that Oscar season is in full swing, all of the sh-t is coming out. Did you know that Nick Vallelonga – again, the son of the protagonist in this “true story” and a writer/producer on the film – is a deplorable Trump supporter who spread at least one of Trump’s false conspiracy theories?

“Green Book” writer and producer Nick Vallelonga has been a staple on the awards circuit this Oscar season, earning screenplay nominations from the Golden Globes, the Writers Guild of America, and the Critics’ Choice Awards, but, in the wake of awards buzz, a controversial social media post published by Vallelonga in 2015 has resurfaced online. Vallelonga is the son of Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, the character played by Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book.”

Back in November 2015, Vallelonga replied to Donald Trump on Twitter corroborating a story in which Trump alleged he saw people cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 11, 2001 as they watched the attacks on the Twin Towers. As Trump said at a rally (via The Washington Post), “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

Vallelonga replied to Trump, “100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”

When asked for comment, a Vallelonga representative replied over email: “The twitter account has been deleted… not sure if any comment is actually needed here.” IndieWire has also reached out to Universal Pictures for further comment.

[From IndieWire]

Vallelonga didn’t delete his account until yesterday evening, when this story began to get picked up. Whoever did the research and found that old tweet, I applaud you. Do I think a person’s entire career should be wiped out because they’re a Deplorable Trump supporter who agrees with Trump’s unhinged conspiracies and Islamophobic lies? Well, that remains to be seen, but there’s a difference between “losing one’s career” and “not being an Oscar favorite.” Green Book should not be an Oscar favorite for about a million different reasons, and hopefully this piece of news will help significantly.

Also: The Cut dug up some old profiles of Green Book director Peter Farrelly from the ‘90s, when everyone had a good laugh about how he used to flash his coworkers all the time. Har har, sexual harassment is hilarious amirite.

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  1. SallyS says:

    Interesting that both movies that won GG – BR and GB – now have serious backlash going on against them.

    GB – it’s listed above
    BR – https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/fired-bohemian-rhapsody-director-bryan-singers-bafta-nomination-sparks-backlash-200455254.html

    • Steff says:

      Wait wait wait wait… Bryan Singer was individually nominated for a bafta?? What fresh hell is this?!

  2. MCV says:

    everything about this movie is a mess and I can’t believe is getting nominations and awards… Between this and Bohemian Rhapsody getting another award the Golden Globes are looking like a joke.

  3. grabbyhands says:

    “The twitter account has been deleted… not sure if any comment is actually needed here.”

    Sooo, the reasoning here is that if you erase the evidence of what he said, it fixes everything? You don’t have to admit you were wrong, you don’t have to admit you promoted a total lie or apologize for demonizing an entire group of people – you just erase the offending tweet and everyone should just get over it.

    Sorry, but comment is still actually needed here. I need an apology. An admission that it was bullshit and that he knew it. But that sort of thing is anathema to the kind of person who supports Fat Nixon, so we’ll never see anything but his martyrdom that people are trying to hold him accountable for what he’s said and done.

    • Bryn says:

      I’m starting to think that comparing trump to Nixon is offensive to Nixon lol.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, that was a pretty lame response but honestly I wouldn’t have expected anything better. These deplorables…gah. I was just reading a copy of my son’s high school newspaper and there was a story about the midterms. The one student who was quoted about the importance of voting said he was “happy with everything that Trump is doing and excited to be able to finally vote in support of his policies.” This was next to an editorial condemning Brett Kavanaugh but still. I wanted to weep but I’m too numb right now.

      • Bryn says:

        I can’t believe that anybody would support trump or anything he’s doing. It blows my mind…and I feel like this is the standard now. He’s got people thinking it’s fine to be racist idiots and I dread the next election because I’m sure he will win. So sad for all Americans.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Yeah…I can’t even. I. Can’t. Even. I’ll just note that considering the membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press includes/included people like the man who groped Brendan Fraser and the “journalist” who made up that Drew Barrymore article, it should come as no surprise that they awarded golden globes to films like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. 🙄

    How are PR teams not vetting Twitter accounts of likely nominees these days?!? HOW?!? If I’m running an Oscar campaign that is a week one job! PR teams are still too old fashioned for the most part and waaay behind on social media. Crazy.

  5. im says:

    This asshole probably believes we Muslims have a special celebration every year on that date. Spoiler alert: we don’t.

  6. S says:

    That the guy who wrote Green Book as an homage to his racist father is a Trump supporter and Xenophobic conspiracy theorist is … Not at all shocking to me.

    It also comes on the same day as the director’s resurrected history of hilarious (not) penis flashing, which was never not gross or even slightly OK.

    I certainly hope someone as great and well regarded as Mahershala Ali gets better offers in the future.

  7. Reef says:

    I just…I’m not surprised from literally everything surrounding this movie before award season, but damn I know Mahershala is sick. He’s a good dude and deserves all the success but I know this has to be weighing on him.

  8. Ib says:

    And it also came out yesterday that the director of green book exposed himself to women without consent. Times Up is very real for the women in Hollywood who have taken it to heart (s/o Regina king for being only person to mention this year in acceptance speech) HOWEVER this award season shows that the men in Hollywood don’t give a f*ck. It is a “women’s issue” and the king makers couldn’t care less -in fact are crowning GB and BH films IN THE FACE of known assaults like a middle finger to the whole past year. SMH

  9. Lala11_7 says:

    And in OTHER news…

    Water is WET…

  10. Harryg says:

    Wow. Ugly.

  11. Ann says:

    I don’t plan on seeing this movie and honestly had never heard of it before it was discussed here. That tweet though… so f’ing gross. I remember 9/11 vividly. I wasn’t in the area when it happened but like pretty much everyone alive that day I spent it watching the attacks on TV. People were not cheering. What a despicable thing to say. People were screaming. People were shouting. People were gasping. People were crying. Perhaps there were some people who were happy to see it happen but of all the footage I’ve seen not one showed a large group of brown people dancing with glee in the streets because it didn’t happen! WTF is wrong with anyone who believes this?!

  12. Kebbie says:

    I’m glad I didn’t see this movie. I had plans to but then I read that Don Shirley’s family didn’t like it so I decided to skip it (despite my love for Mahershala.) Everything that has been coming out since makes me glad I didn’t go.

  13. Helen says:

    very disappointed in viggo and mahershala for not properly researching and vetting this story before lending their names and prestige to it.