Scarlett Johansson Says She Has the Right to Portray ‘Any Person’ She Wants

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Last year, owing to widespread criticism, Scarlett Johansson withdrew from playing the lead role in a based-on-a-true-story mob drama called Rub & Tub,owing to the fact that she, a cisgender woman, was set to portray Dante “Tex” Gill, a transmasculine man. This backlash echoed another casting choice made by the actress a year prior, when she played the lead in Ghost in the Shell, a sci-fi film based on a popular Japanese manga and anime. Johansson has mostly stayed quiet in the aftermath of the respective casting but now, in a new interview with As If magazine, she admitted she isn’t thrilled that “political

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