Scarlett Johansson is among the most talented actresses in the industry and has been part of the cinematic world for decades. The actress became a worldwide fame with her role as Marvel star Black Widow. She has also done remarkable roles in films like Lucy, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story, The Prestige, We Bought a Zoo, Chef, Avengers, and more. The actress had worked in the film Under the Skin in 2013 and was shocked by the response of the audience.
Under the Skin was released in 2013, and the lead actress, Scarlett Johansson, was widely appreciated for her role. However, she felt very insecure about herself when she watched herself on the screen.
Scarlett Johansson cried when her film was booed at theatres
Scarlett Johansson’s film Under the Skin was first shown at the Venice Film Festival, however, the actress was disappointed by the audience’s reaction. The event’s director, Alberto Barbera, recalled moments from an interview with The Guardian. Barbera shared about the Iron Man actress’s reaction to the film,
“It was one of the worst screenings I’ve attended. It was the only time the audience booed a film. Scarlett was almost in tears.”
Scarlett Johansson also shared her reaction to the booing in a conversation with The Guardian,
“It was the first time I had seen the film with an audience and the first time I saw the film finished. And I was on this huge mezzanine so I felt super-exposed.”
“Then at the end, when the lights came up … there was this sound of people cheering and booing at the same time, but with equal gusto. I didn’t know how to react to it. I think I was just … I wouldn’t say disturbed but I was sort of shocked.”
“I looked over at Jonathan and he was filled with glee. Absolutely thrilled. We left the theater and I was like, ‘That was so strange,’ And Jonathan was like, ‘That was the best reaction! That was the most amazing sound I’ve ever heard in my life.’”
The actress played the role of an extra-terrestrial being who lured men and devoured them in Glasgow.
Scarlett Johansson shared opinion on experimental movies
In a conversation with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the actress shared how she likes to watch a film. She shared,
“Personally, as an audience member, I want to have an experience when I see a film and love it, hate it, whatever, I want to still be thinking about it three days later and have the visuals stuck in my mind.”
Jojo Rabbit actress also spoke on the themes of the experimental movies,
“When I watch the film it’s such a personal journey that it’s hard for me to be able to step outside of it and say ‘this is a film about the birth of fear’ or ‘love and sex’ or whatever,” she explained. “I can’t see any of that because I just sit there paralyzed with fear.”
“I’m sure in a few year’s time I’ll be able to go, ‘Wow, there are all of these themes and subjects…’ The other day someone asked Jonathan and I to describe the film, and both of us sat there and were like, ‘Next.’”
The film was a box office failure and grossed only $7 million worldwide.
Under the Skin is available for streaming on Paramount+.