Newsweek, TheCut

Peter Farrelly, Director of Oscars Contender ‘Green Book,’ Apologizes for What He Showed to Cameron Diaz and Others

Jan 10, 2019  •  Post A Comment

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.


  1. WE have to stop judging people becuase of past behavoir in our youth. What was acceptable 20 -30 + years ago changes…we need to be judged by our present actions…Great Movie very impressed by this work from a comedic director…Congtats

  2. All comedy must forever be forbidden!

    Never joke with coworkers, say only your lines, don’t look at anyone, don’t talk to anyone.

    Those are the new Hollywood set rules.

    Even discussing the weather could imply outdated societal norms.

    Enjoy life on the set, folks.

    Future interview: “I enjoyed working with “director.” No one ever spoke on the set, but it was generally genial.

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