“True. I was an idiot,” Farrelly, 62, said in a statement to Us Weekly on Thursday, January 10. “I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”
Diaz, who worked with Farrelly on the 1998 film There’s Something About Mary, previously spoke out about the director’s tendency to flash his penis at unsuspecting bystanders. “When a director shows you his penis the first time you meet him, you’ve got to recognize the creative genius,” the 46-year-old actress mused to Newsweek that year.
The filmmaker noted in a 1998 Observer article that showing Diaz his penis was “what got her in” the project. “It’s a joke,” he insisted at the time. “It’s not like I make a habit of just whipping it out and saying, ‘Hey! Look! My c—k!’” He also said that he did the bit “easily 500 times.”
The Charlie’s Angels star further detailed their encounter in a 1998 Sunday Times article when asked how the Shallow Hal director won her over. “We were in a restaurant and Peter Farrelly showed me his penis,” she told the newspaper. “That was enough, really. He got a positive response. That was all he needed to know. That was fine by me.”
Farrelly’s brother, Bobby Farrelly, was also apparently in on the charade, luring those who did not know what was coming into the siblings’ joke. “I have been flashed,” then-Fox executive Tom Rothman told Newsweek in 1998. “It wasn’t a pretty sight. In fact, I’m still recovering.”
Peter — along with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie — took home a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for Green Book at the 2019 awards ceremony on Sunday, January 6. The film also earned accolades in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture categories.
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