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This Controversial Viggo Mortensen Film Is Blowing Up On Streaming

He's plaid plenty more roles than just Aragorn in Lord of the Rings.

While almost everyone remembers Viggo Mortensen from one of his best-known roles — Aragorn in Lord of the Rings — he’s actually starred in a wide number of films. He’s been in Appaloosa, Hidalgo, and even the remake of Psycho from 1998. Right now, however, a role that won him Best Picture at the Academy Awards that was surrounded in controversy is blowing up on HBO Max according to stats from FlixPatrol.

While Mortensen may have said the controversy surrounding the film was “based on a load of bullsh*t,” it’s impossible to deny that plenty surrounded the film. It was called a movie with “the white savior trope with the story of a bigot’s redemption” and was heavily criticized by family members connected to the true story it was based on. Still, Green Book is currently the fourth most popular movie on the entirety of HBO Max.

“Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.”

Synopsis from HBO Max

Many relatives of Don Shirley have had a lot of complaints about the film. His brother once was quoted as saying, “My brother never considered Tony to be his ‘friend’; he was an employee, his chauffeur (who resented wearing a uniform and cap). This is why context and nuance are so important. The fact that a successful, well-to-do black artist would employ domestics that did NOT look like him, should not be lost in translation.”

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the film, it currently holds an impressive 83% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes. People who want to watch Green Book and decide its quality for themselves should be sure to stream it on HBO Max.

Allie Capps
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Allie Capps

Allie Capps is the Assigning Editor at We Got This Covered. Her over ten years of experience includes editing rulebooks for board games, writing in the world of esports, and being an award-winning author and poet published in several anthologies and her own stand-alone books. Her work has been featured at GameRant, Anime Herald, Anime Feminist, SmashBoards, PokeGoldfish, and more. In her free time, she's likely gallantly trying to watch Groundhog Day once a day, every day, for a year for its 30th anniversary.