Scarlett Johansson Backs Out of a Movie After Backlash
Posted: 10:40 am Monday, July 16th, 2018
By Danny Serrano
Scarlett Johansson has exited an upcoming film project after backlash over her casting as a transgender man.
She was set to play Dante “Tex” Gill in ‘Rub & Tug’. The film was to have been a biopic of Gill, the late proprietor of a massage parlor and prostitution business in Pittsburgh.
After taking the role, Scarjo was immediately slammed with a bunch of criticism from the transgender community and others. They thought the casting as insensitive.
Most felt the role should’ve been given to a trans actor, plus her public identification as a woman would inevitably undercut the movie’s characterization of Gill as a man.
Scarjo said: “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”