Scarlett Johansson Clarifies Bizarre Comments on ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting Controversy

IndieWire | 7/14/2019 | Staff
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In a bizarre interview, Scarlett Johansson revealed she is still a little miffed about the casting controversy surrounding “Rub & Tug,” the project she exited last year after facing backlash from the transgender community. The actress was set to play Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who became infamous in 1970s Pittsburgh for operating massage parlors that served as fronts for prostitution. The project, which Johansson was developing with director Rupert Sanders, was highly criticized by the LGBTQ community because of the history of cisgender actors playing trans roles while trans actors struggle to find opportunities.

“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,” the actress was quoted as saying during an interview with As If magazine, excerpted by Daily Mail. “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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Naturally, Johansson’s comments raised many eyebrows, especially considering it’s such a reversal from the 2018 statement she made when exiting the project. “I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues,” she said at the time.

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