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Scarlett Johansson says her comments on 'authentic casting' were taken out of context

The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in 'Ghost in the Shell'.

Jul 15, 2019, 06.39 PM IST
Johansson feels that actors should be allowed to play any person, because that is their job and the requirement of their job.
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film.

The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in 'Ghost in the Shell' and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the upcoming film ``Rub & Tug,'' after transgender actors and advocates questioned the casting.

In a recent interview with 'As If' magazine, she said actors should be allowed to play any person "because that is my job and the requirement of my job."

Johansson in a still from the film, 'Ghost In The Shell'. (Image: IMDb)

Johansson said Saturday that those comments were subsequently edited in other publications for "clickbait."

"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," she said in a statement.

"I recognize that in reality, there is a wide spread discrepancy amongst my industry that favors Caucasian, transgender actors and that not every actor has been given the same opportunities that I have been privileged to."

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