Scarlett Johansson says she has the right to portray ‘any person, tree, or animal’ she wants

Scarlett Johansson says she has the right to portray ‘any person, tree, or animal’ she wants
Scarlett Johansson (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – She’s hoping to land the title role in ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.]

Last year, owing to widespread criticism, Scarlett Johansson withdrew from playing the lead role in a based-on-a-true-story mob drama called Rub & Tub, owing to the fact that she, a cisgender woman, was set to portray Dante “Tex” Gill, a transmasculine man. This backlash echoed another casting choice made by the actress a year prior, when she played the lead in Ghost in the Shell, a sci-fi film based on a popular Japanese manga and anime. Johansson has mostly stayed quiet in the aftermath of the respective casting brouhahas, but now, in a new interviewwith As If magazine, she admitted she isn’t thrilled that “political correctness” is policing what actors can and can’t do while choosing roles.

“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,” Johansson explained.

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