Scarlett Johansson Bows Out Of Her Latest Film Role After Public Backlash

It was announced only last week, that actress Scarlett Johansson was cast to play a trangsgendered man. The true life character, Dante ‘Tex’ Gill a transgendered man is the subject of a new film in production titled ‘Rub & Tub’. The casting announcement was met with immediate criticism of Johnansson and the film’s producers. The actress who has no social media accounts released a statement to ‘Out Magazine’ regarding her decision to drop out of the film. Johansson said “In light of recent ethical raised regarding my casting as Dante ‘Tex’ Gill’, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the film.”

The actress continued, “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continue to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realized it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and I’m grateful that the conversation regarding inclusiveness in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release.”

topgloblanews.com

The actress added, “While I would have loved to have the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many people think he should be played by a transgendeded person. I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company ‘These Pictures’ actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.” The character Danta ‘Tex’ Gill owned a massage parlor, which authorities says was front for a prostitution ring. The director Rupert Sanders was set as the director, there have been no comments from anyone in production regarding the fate of the film.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Leah Remini & Jada Pinkett Smith End Their Long Standing Public Feud

    Actress and former member of the controversial Church of Scientology  Leah Remini and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have ended their very public feud. Remini, will be appearing on Pinkett Smith's popular Facebook talk show, 'Red Table Talk'. Jada told 'People' that “What was really emotional about it was realizing there were two broken little girls...

    Read More
  • Roseanne Barr Reacts To 'The Conners' Show Premiere

    The newly rebooted Roseanne show premiered on ABC Tuesday night. Roseanne's absence was explained in the first few seconds of the show. She had died of a heart attack initially, half way into the show, it was revealed that Roseanne died of a drug overdose, a drug the character became addicted to after knee surgery....

    Read More
  • Sandra Bullock's Father & Two Beloved Dogs Died In The Last Month

    Actress Sandra Bullock is in deep mourning for her father John Bullock,93, died on September 18th, he was a decorated World War II veteran. Bullock was at the Elle Celebration for women on Monday. She was there to introduce her close friend actress Sarah Paulson. When Bullock took the podium she said, “I was going...

    Read More
  • Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Expecting First Child

    Former actress Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry are expecting their first child. Monday morning Buckingham Palace released an official statement regarding Markle's pregnancy. The couple said they had planned to start having a child in 'the near future' shortly after their engagement was announced. The couple had a lavish royal wedding ceremony in...

    Read More
  • Jeannie Mai Of 'The Real' Says Her Divorce Has Turned Ugly

    Emmy award winning talk show host Jeannie Mai says her divorce from her husband Freddy Harteis, is going to a dark place. Mai was recently on the 'Breakfast Club' to talk about her projects and the subject of her estranged husband came up. Harteis an actor best known for 'The Hollywood Hunter', married Mai in...

    Read More