Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Comments on Film Casting Limitations, Political Correctness

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Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Comments on Film Casting Limitations, Political Correctness
Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Comments on Film Casting Limitations

Scarlett Johansson is speaking out and saying she should be able to play whoever she wants. The actress opened up to ‘As If’ magazine and addressed the freedom of film casting saying,

“As an actor I should be able to play person, or any tree, or any animal, becouse that’s my job and the requirements of my job.”

Johannson also spoke about how being politically correct can get tricky saying,

“I feel like [political correctness is] a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable whenit affects the art becouse I feel art should be free of restrictions.”

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But now the actress is addressing her comments in a statement sent to ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’. Saying that the interview was “edited for click bait” and “widely taken out of context.”

The actress explained that she was answering a question about the confrontation between political correctness and art saying,

“I personlally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and art, in all forms, should be immune to political crossectness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way.”

She added that she understands how the industry sometimes favors Caucasian, cis-gendered actors saying,

“Not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”

Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the film ‘Rub & Tug’ last year when she had been cast to play a trans man, based on Dante Tex Gill, a gangster and massage parlor owner. She had then given a statement at the time saying,

“In light of recent ethical questions surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill. I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project.”

Johansson was also the subject of controversy back in 2016 when she starred in an adaptation of the Japanese anime hit ‘Ghost in the Shell’. Fans were disappointed that a Japanese actor was not cast in the lead role, accusing the film of “whitewashing.”