The name Farrelly has long been associated with gross-out humour, from There’s Something About Mary to Dumb And Dumber . But for Peter Farrelly’s latest film as director, Green Book , he’s chucked the yuks. His new film is a biographical drama about an Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver for African-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour round the southern states in the 1960s. Empire has an exclusive image, as seen in the Review of the Year issue.
While it’s a shift to more serious territory, Farrelly’s comedy instincts shines through – milking plenty of laughs from the interactions between Mortensen and Ali. “I didn’t expect the outright laughs that we’re getting,” the filmmaker admitted to Empire . “That’s coming from the acting. Mahershala’s reaction to what Viggo’s doing is what’s killing.”
Read more about Green Book in the December 2018 issue of Empire , on sale now in shops and online , and catch Green Book in UK cinemas from 1 February 2019.