Scarlett Johansson responds to criticism for being cast to play transgender man

14 Juillet, 2019, 18:31 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Johansson has faced whitewashing accusations for Ghost in the Shell and most recently backed out of a role playing a transgender man, Dante "Tex" Gill, in the movie Rub & Tug.

Johansson then took direct aim at political correctness.

However, it wasn't the first time she was criticized for accepting a film role.

Washington D.C. [USA], July 13 (ANI): Actor Scarlett Johansson opened up about her long-acting career and how the industry has changed from when she began working as a teen.

Johansson is one of the more popular and highly-paid actresses in Hollywood, with an upcoming Black Widow film being in the works for her.

Many agree with the idea that art should be free of restrictions, but the interpretation seems to be in contention.

She told As If magazine: "You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job". Talking about how it's a trend in the business and is required for various social reasons, the actress does, however, feel, that it gets uncomfortable when it affects the art because art should be "free of restrictions".

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Johansson was initially defensive of the film, telling people upset by the decision to contact Jeffrey Tambor and Jared Leto - both of whom also controversially played trans people on screen - for comment.

Yet just a week after the role was announced, Johansson exited the role and issued a contrite statement, saying that she had learned from the experience and the trans community. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante's story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person. Because there aren't countless sentient trees desiring to act yet struggling to get cast in roles.

"That's a tricky question - I think first of all that what we are up to is a craft and I think in your craft you should be able to - within a reasonable parameter! - play anyone".

"Trans people should play trans people".

What did you think of Scarlett's comments?

At the time she said, "In light of recent ethical questions surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have chose to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project".

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