Scarlett Johansson: “You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor”

Controversies and Scarlett!!

Scarlett Johansson speaks up against the controversies that she has faced in her career

Scarlett Johansson has recently talked to The Gentlewoman for their Spring & Summer 2021 issue, about the various controversies she had to go through during her career. According to Scarlett, her personal beliefs and thoughts should not interfere with her career, however, she knows pretty well that she’s been “inconsiderate” and “off mark” at times. The ‘Black Widow’ star said, “I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society,” she added “You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor,”

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Throughout the years, Scarlett Johansson has been a part of numerous controversies and backlashes for her statements, beliefs and even for her work choices. Back in 2018, Johansson accepted the role of a transgender man in “Rub & Tug” for which she had to face very harsh reactions. Various people got upset as they believed that the role belonged to a cisgender woman and due to this, Scarlett dropped the project. However, in 2019, the “Ghost in the Shell” actress during an interview with “As If”  said that she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal,” which in turn revived the “Rub & Tug” controversy.

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According to Scarlett Johansson, her job involves bringing out people’s emotions and reactions to her performance as she told The Gentlewoman, “You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor. Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art.” She further said, “They have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever. That’s my job. The other stuff is not my job,” she said. 

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In 2017, Scarlett Johansson played a major role in Kusanagi, an originally Asian character in “Ghost in the Shell”, for which she was heavily criticized. Many people felt that the role should have been played by an Asian actor and not Scarlett. Johansson said in an interview later that she “would never presume to play another race of a person” and called it a “rare opportunity” to play a female protagonist. 

The 36-year-old actress said, “I’m going to have opinions about things because that’s just who I am, I mean, everyone has a hard time admitting when they’re wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing.”

Scarlett Thought ‘The Avengers’ will be ‘A Disaster’

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Scarlett also talked about how she thought that the idea of making “The Avengers” and bringing all the superheros together would be a disaster. She told the publication “Even the thought of all of us together in our superhero costumes sounded like it was going to be a disaster. Not a disaster, but, like, What is this? What is this?” However, after 6 months of shooting that movie, when the cast was shown the playback, that is when they realised “‘Oh, this is going to work. I think this is going to work.” and well “The Avengers” crossed $1.5 billion at the global box office in 2012. 

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