Just take one quick glimpse at the trailer for Green Book, and it’s easy to see why the dramedy is poised to be Thanksgiving’s most heartwarming film. But is the movie’s core story, which centers around the unexpected friendship between gruff New York bouncer Tony Lip and Jamaican-American world-class pianist Don Shirley, true to how their meeting actually transpired in real life? As with most Hollywood adaptations of “true” stories, plenty of liberties appear to have been taken, beyond the fact that stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali don’t look exactly like the men who inspired the film. Curious about the real story behind Green Book? Let’s dive in.
Warning: Spoilers for Green Book ahead!