Director Peter Farrelly, whose film “Green Book” is among the top contenders for this year’s Academy Awards, says he’s embarrassed and “deeply sorry” after a story resurfaced from two decades ago about his antics on the set.
The story, which originally ran in a Newsweek piece from 1998 focusing on the Farrelly Brothers’ “There’s Something About Mary,” details how the brothers went to great lengths to reveal Peter Farrelly’s penis to unsuspecting victims — including “There’s Something About Mary” star Cameron Diaz.
Diaz apparently wasn’t bothered by the deed at the time. She’s quoted in the Newsweek piece saying: “When a director shows you his penis the first time you meet him, you’ve got to recognize the creative genius.”
Since the story was resurrected by TheCut, Peter Farrelly has been apologizing for his past behavior. He’s quoted by TheCut saying: “I was an idiot. I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”
“Green Book” recently won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical.