In the tweet, sent to the then Donald Trump candidate, Vallelonga said he saw "the Muslims of Jersey City celebrate" when the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Vallelonga's Twitter account was canceled after the tweet resurfaced this week.
"I want to apologize, I've spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground on screen, and I'm incredibly sorry for everyone associated with the" Green Book "," Vallelonga said in a statement Thursday a representative. "I apologize in particular for the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali and all the members of the Muslim faith, for the evil I have caused".
Ali, who plays in the "Green Book" alongside Viggo Mortensen, is a Muslim.
The representatives of Ali did not return the CNN request for comment.
The film follows the friendship between the famous pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) and his rough pilot Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen).
Tony Vallelonga was the father of Nick Vallelonga.
"I am also sorry for my late father who has changed so much from the friendship of Dr. Shirley and I promise that this lesson will not be lost to me," added Vallelonga. "& # 39; Green Paper & # 39; is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better."
The film was accused of exaggerating the couple's friendship and criticized by some of Shirley's surviving relatives.
Mortensen was also the target of the ire when, during a post-screening discussion in November, he used the word N while trying to draw a contrast between the period in which the film is set and the current one. Later he apologized.
"True, I was an idiot," Farrelly said in a statement to CNN. "I did it decades ago and I thought I was funny and the truth is that I'm embarrassed and it makes me shiver now, I'm deeply sorry."