Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Scarlett Johansson should be allowed any role

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HOLLYWOOD: Scarlett Johansson thinks she should be ‘’allowed to play any person’’.

The 34-year-old actress came under fire for accepting the role of a transgender man in the upcoming movie ‘Rub & Tug’ – a role which she exited after public outrage – but she has slammed the ‘’restriction’’ of art.

 

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She told As If magazine: ‘’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. 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. I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do.’’

 

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Scarlett pulled out of the transgender role last July after she was heavily criticised by the LGBT community, who said it should have gone to a transgender actor instead.

She said: ‘’I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person. I am thankful that this casting debate … has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.’’

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