Scarlett Johansson says "I should be allowed to play any person"

Lula Sharp
July 14, 2019

However, now, the actress had some choice words to say on politically correct casting.

At the time, Scarlett initially responded to the criticism by citing award-winning cisgender actors who have played transgender roles.

She added: "I will not be seeing any films that involve Scarlett Johansson moving forward".

I'm sure Johansson would make a fine tree and / or animal but personally, to compare a non-human role with an underrepresented role that could be more accurately cast with a great minority actor is a bit, uh, shit. However, the 34-year-old star of Avengers: Endgame has now insisted "art should be free of restrictions".

"You know, as an actor I should be able to play any person, or any tree, or any animal, because that's my job and the requirements of my job", she told the mag.

She added, "I feel like it's a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions", going on to say.

The tree jokes are flying across social media after actress Scarlett Johansson's latest comments on casting backlash.

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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. Also, her star status helps projects actually get made and gives them a better chance of doing well (unless there's backlash and the movie suffers).

Well, Scarlett Johansson definitely has an idealistic view in mind but forgets that in 2019, representation matters.

However the actor then confirmed that she was stepping back from the project.

"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". As actors, we're asked to be other people, to play other people.

What did you think of Scarlett's comments?

"I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person", she said at the time.

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