In the tweet sent to then-candidate Donald Trump, Vallelonga claimed to have "cheered Muslims in Jersey City" as the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Vallelonga's Twitter account was deleted after the tweet resurfaced this week.
"I apologize, I've spent my life trying to overcome this story, overcome differences, and find common ground on the screen, and I'm all very sorry about 'Green Book,' Vallelonga said in a statement on Thursday, through a representative, "I especially want to apologize to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali and all the members of the Muslim faith for the injury I have done."
Ali playing in "Green Book" alongside Viggo Mortensen is Muslim.
Ali's agents have not returned the request from CNN.
The film follows the friendship between famous pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) and his rough driver Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen).
Tony Vallelonga was Nick Vallelonga's father.
"I am also sorry for my late father, who grew so much out of the friendship of Drs. Shirley, and I promise that this lesson will not be lost to me, "Vallelonga added." & # 39; Green Book & # 39; is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I'll do better. "
The film was accused of exaggerating the couple's friendship, and was criticized by some of Shirley's surviving relatives.
Mortensen was also the target of the anger during a post-screening discussion in November N-Wort used to draw a contrast between the time the film plays and today, and later apologized.
"Right. I was an idiot. ", Said Farrelly in a statement to CNN. "I did that decades ago and thought I was funny and the truth is that I'm ashamed and I'm scared now, I'm so sorry."