Sunday, 07 June, 2020

Scarlett Johansson Claims Comments Regarding Casting Diversity Were Badly Interpreted


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Scarlett Johansson claims that the comments she made during the debate on “authentic casting” haven’t been viewed in a proper context. According to her, she fully supports film casting diversity.

Back in 2017, the actress came under media bombardment for playing an Asian woman in the “Ghost in the Shell” movie. Also, last year, she was in talks to play a transgender man in “Rub & Tug,” but she canceled such plans. The latter happened after transgender advocates publically questioned her casting in the movie.

In a recent talk with “As If” magazine, she mentioned her belief that actors should be able to play any person in the world because that was the basic requirement for their job.

Afterward, she stated that her comments were then edited in other media for clickbait purposes. And, in her statement, she repeated her strong feeling that, in a perfect world, any actor could be able to play anyone, outside of political correctness.

But in reality, she also realizes that there is a big gap in opportunities for different sorts of people in the industry. Generally, the Western film industry favors cisgender Caucasian actors, and she sees this privilege as an issue.

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