Family members & # 39; and pianist Dr. Donald W. Shirley (draw Mahershala Ali in green Paper) Publicly condemned the fictitious story of the film, and received an apology from Ali answered. Two of the family members & # 39; and Dr. Shirley's nephew, Edwin Shirley III, and brother of Dr. Shirley Maurice Shirley called questionable movie about his friendship with driver Tony «Lip» Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) during an interview with & # 39; th Shadow and Act.
"It was pretty sharp," said Edwin, his first time seeing this movie. He also described the point of the site where Dr. Shirley was estranged from his family & # 39; and, as "very bad" and "100 percent wrong."
In addition, Morris said he was "furious" over the image of the film of his brother, and called green Paper "Symphony of lies", even pointing to a specific instance in the film, where Shirley said that he does not know the whereabouts of his brother.
"At this point, [in 1962, when the events of the film supposedly take place]He had three alive brothers, with whom he was always in contact, "Morris said." One of the things Donald used to remind me in the last years of his life he was just lifted me up … There was not a month when I there was no phone call conversation with Donald. "
Morris also said that the friendship between Shirley and Vallelong, which is at the core of the film, was not based on reality. When asked when the two were close, Morris and his wife Patricia said, "No, not at all," adding that it was "the relationship between employer and employee." Edwin went on to say that Dr. Shirley never refers to Tony as "one "and declared that their real life association was" the only kind of relationship that [Dr. Shirley] I have ever had with any of the people with whom he worked. "
Morris also said that like his brother eliminating such a relationship.
"You asked what kind of relationship he had with Tony? He fired Tony! "Said Morris." Which is consistent with many guns he had done with all his chauffeurs for a long time … Tony did not open the door, he would not take any bags, he would have his [chauffeur’s] cap, when Donald stepped out of the car several times and Donald finds his hat, and in front of him. If you hear that Tony has been with him for 18 months, I can assure you, not the driver survived with my brother for 18 months. Anyone who knew my brother's temper and had experience with any of his other drivers-high was one right here in Milwaukee Urban League, which lasted at least two months. "
Something & # 39; I'm Shirley went on to say that Donald never wanted a film made about his life, and that Nick Vallelonga (son of Tony and co-author of the screenplay) approached them about making a movie 30 years ago.
"I remember very, very clearly, dating back 30 years, my uncle asked Nick Vallelonga, son of Tony Vallelonga, a film on his life, and his uncle Donald told me about it," said Edwin, "He refused."
And Edwin and Morris said they have received a heartfelt apology from Ali after he learned about their grievances.
"I got a call from Mahershala Ali, very, very respectful phone call from him personally," said Edwin. "He called me and my Uncle Morris, in which he asked for forgiveness, if any crime."
According to Edwin, Ali said: "If I have offended you, I'm so, so terribly sorry. I did the best I could with the material I had. I did not know that there were close relatives, which I could use to add some nuances in the character. "
It will be interesting to see if the dispute involves green book Oscar hopes to move forward.