'Green Book' director: 'I was an idiot' for genital-flashing

Lawrence Kim
January 10, 2019

Green Book director Peter Farrelly has said he's deeply embarrassed and sorry after claims he liked to flash his penis resurfaced in the wake of his big win at this week's Golden Globes.

The Farrelly brothers are best known for comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and There's Something About Mary.

Cameron Diaz is quoted in the original article, as she was working with the Farrelly brothers on There's Something About Mary at the time.

The movie has already picked up three Golden Globes for best comedy or musical film and best supporting actor for Ali.

In a 1998 Newsweek article about the Farrelly brothers, the interviewer recounts how the brothers "concocted a variety of clever ploys created to get you to look" at Farrelly's penis, characterizing the sexual harassment as outrageous, but largely accepted, boyish pranks.

"I was an idiot".

According to an excerpt from a Newsweek article from 1998, recently rediscovered by The Cut, Farrelly and his younger brother, and frequent collaborator, Bobby Farrelly, used to trick cast members, crew members and even studio executives into looking at the elder brother's genitals, under the guise of a prank.

In a statement issued through his publicists, Farrelly said he "was an idiot", according to the Hollywood Reporter, and that "I did this decades ago and I thought I was being amusing and the truth is I'm embarrassed and it makes me cringe now".

There's no telling whether the resurfacing of the Newsweek report or Farrelly's apology will make an impact on Green Book's Oscar chances, but we'll find out when nominations drop on January 24th.

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