Scarlett Johansson is clarifying her comments.
After the 34-year-old actress made headlines for saying she should be allowed to “play any person, or any tree, or any animal” following backlash for initially being attached to play a trans man in Rub & Tug, Scarlett now says her comment was “edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context” in a statement to EW.
“The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art. I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn’t come across that way. I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to. I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”
To see her original statement, click here.