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Get ready to see Scarlett Johansson like you’ve never seen her before. The actress is re-teaming with the director of Ghost in the Shell for the true story Rub & Tug. Johansson will play Jean Marie Gill, a woman who posed as a man and took on the mafia, all while running a series of illicit massage parlors.
Deadline has the scoop on the story, saying Rub & Tug is being sold as “an American Hustle-like true story in which Rupert Sanders will direct Scarlett Johansson in the fact-based story of a woman who flourished in a male-dominated business of massage parlors and prostitution by essentially taking on the physical identity of a man,” adding:
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Jean Marie Gill was a larger-than-life character who took on the mob and became the crime kingpin of 1970s Pittsburgh through her empire of illicit massage parlors and an anabolic steroids ring that helped fuel the Pittsburgh Steelers’ NFL dynasty, all the while cross-dressing and leaning on her allies in the gay community to help grow her empire. However, it is Jean’s fiery romance with her girlfriend Cynthia that truly defines her and forms the emotional core of the story.
This has the potential to be a truly memorable film, but I imagine tone is the key here. If Sanders goes too big and over-the-top, it might backfire. Then again, a story like this seems to lend itself to some form of over-the-top-ness. Gary Spinelli, who wrote American Made, penned the Rub & Tug script. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a story that goes into further detail about the real Jean Marie Gill, who ran her criminal empire under the name Dante “Tex” Gill:
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For awhile, DeLucia’s business partner was Dante “Tex” Gill, an overweight Brentwood woman who dressed like...
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