Scarlett Johansson Says Those Casting Comments Were 'Edited For Clickbait'


After messily defending her right to "be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal" in an interview with As If magazine, Scarlett Johansson has now lashed out at the publication, saying that her controversial comments were taken "out of context".

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In a statement to Variety, Johansson claimed that the article had been 'edited for clickbait', with the actress saying it was meant to be a discussion on the "confrontation between political correctness and art".

"An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context. The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art," she began.

"I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way."

She continued, "I recognise that in reality, there is a widespread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cis-gendered actors and that 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.”

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Her original comment, which was transcribed by the Daily Mail, read:

“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," she said.

It comes following controversy in 2017 when Johansson was cast in 'Ghost in a Shell' -- a film based on a Japanese Manga. She was also cast in the film 'Rub & Tug' as a trans man but pulled out of the role due to public criticism. The flick has since been cancelled.

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