From the Lethal Weapons to Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen’s latest, black-white duos in film are commonplace. But often it’s just self-serving
Stop us if you have heard this one before: “One of them is black; one’s white. How are they going to get along when they’re thrown together by fate?” To be fair, new movie Green Book is based on the true story of a road trip through the early-60s deep south, taken by a refined African-American pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his Italian-American bouncer-turned-chauffeur (Viggo Mortensen). Although the film’s message is ultimately uplifting, its execution has drawn criticism. Shirley’s niece, Carole Shirley Kimble, has disowned the project as “a depiction of a white man’s version of a black man’s life”.