Scarlett Johansson Backs Out of a Movie After Backlash

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.”

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