The two-time Oscar nominee, Scarlett Johansson is popularly known for playing Black Widow in Marvel films. Just like any other Hollywood star, Johansson has also been surrounded by a number of controversies throughout her career. The 37-year-old star has been in the film industry for almost 30 years. She started her career at the age of nine with the fantasy comedy North in 1994. Since then the actress has become one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Even after all this, the actress got surrounded by several controversies.
However, it did not stop her from sharing her thoughts and opinions. The Black Widow star faced backlash for two movie roles. Not just that she was also criticized for supporting the controversial director Woody Allen.
Scarlett Johansson Called Out Cancel Culture
According to the U.K. magazine The Gentlewoman, the Avengers star said that she has made a career out of controversies. Talking about her controversies related to two roles she was offered, Johansson said, “Yeah, I’ve made a career out of it.”
The Lucy star featured as the lead in the 2017 film, Ghost in the Shell. The film was a movie adaptation of a popular manga of the same name. After Johansson starred in the film, she was accused of whitewashing the character, with claims that the part should have gone to an Asian actor instead of Johansson.
After this, the Sing star once again got backlash for her role in Rub and Tug. Johansson was cast to play a transgender character in the film. The actress defended herself at first but later gave up the role.
Scarlett Johansson said “They’re affected by it and they’re thinking about it, and they feel something. You know, they have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever. That’s my job. The other stuff is not my job.”
After giving up the role in Rub and Tug, Scarlett Johansson said, “I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realized it was insensitive.” The actress acknowledged that although she wants to speak freely, she has made some wrong calls in the past.
Scarlett Johansson Said She Believes Woody Allen
In 2019, Johansson once again sparked backlash for supporting director Woody Allen. Woody Allen was accused of molesting his estranged daughter. The Rough Night star supported the director saying that she believes him and would be ready to work with him anytime.
Scarlett Johansson has worked with Allen in three films Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She also said that she meets the American director whenever she can. Johansson claimed she has had a lot of conversations with him. She also said that she believes him and he maintains his innocence for her.
Scarlett Johansson currently has several films under her name. The actress is starring in Asteroid City, Ghosted, and The Jungle Book 2. Asteroid City, which is currently in post-production, is expected to release in late 2022 or early 2023.