Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson came under fire when a recent interview went live in which she was seemingly lamenting the way politically correct casing limited what roles she could take. Johansson has now clarified those comments.
"An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context,” Johansson said in a statement to ET Canada. “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 widespread discrepancy amongst my industry that favours Caucasian, cis gendered actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to," she continued. "I continue to support, and always have, diversity in every industry and will continue to fight for projects where everyone is included.”
In the original interview, which was with As If magazine, Johansson said, "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 statement drew fierce backlash online, especially considering Johansson's history of roles. Notably, she played Major Mira Killian/Motoko Kusanagi in 2017's Ghost in the Shell adaptation, which drew accusations of racism and whitewashing. She also recently dropped out of Rub & Tug, in which she was going to play a transgender man named Dante "Tex" Gill, following criticism.
Directed by Cate Shortland with a script by Ned Benson, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson and is rumored for release on May 1, 2020.