Over a year after exiting Rupert Sanders’ crime biopic “Rub & Tug” because of a casting controversy, Scarlett Johansson now admits in a new interview with Vanity Fair that she “mishandled” the situation. “Rub & Tug” was set to star Johansson as Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man who became infamous in 1970s Pittsburgh for using massage parlors as prostitution fronts. Johansson’s casting as a transgender man led to outrage on social media, with prominent trans actresses Trace Lysette and Jamie Clayton openly criticizing Hollywood for its continual rejection of transgender actors in both trans and cisgender roles
Johansson originally responded to the backlash by defending her casting and controversially pointing to other cisgender actors who played trans characters in film and television. Johansson’s statement read: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment.” By suggesting that it’s not an issue for cisgender actors to play trans character on screen only put Johansson under more fire. The actress now tells Vanity Fair her initial reaction was a mistake.
“In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it,” Johansson said. “I wasn't totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing — and how they felt in general about cis actors playing — transgender people. I wasn't aware of that conversation — I was uneducated.”
Johansson continued, “I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that. It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you're kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling.”
Johansson’s original statement was released July 3, 2018 and she officially exited “Rub & Tug” on July 12. Johansson marked her exit from the project by telling Out Magazine, “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”
The “Rub & Tug” controversy followed a similar casting backlash involving Johansson’s role as the lead of Sanders’ “Ghost in the Shell.” Head over to Vanity Fair to read more of Johansson’s new interview.
If we weren’t in the darkest timeline right now, Marvel’s Black Widow would be arriving in theaters in a little under a month. Unfortunately, the globe is dealing with a dangerous pandemic, and the entire movie release calendar is being shuffled around every week as studios push back some of the biggest movies of the year following the closure of pretty much all movie theaters everywhere. Last week, Marvel Studios announced a new November release date for the movie starring Scarlett Johansson, and now a couple of new Black Widow photos have been released.
New Black Widow Photos
First up, we have Scarlett Johansson being cautious as other agents from the Red Room Academy are in pursuit. They’re decked out in the standard tactical catsuit while Natasha Romanoff appears to be caught off guard, wearing only her street clothes.
As the most recent trailer for Black Widow explained, the Red Room operatives are being controlled by the villain Taskmaster, who has manipulated them by somehow giving them full consciousness, but unable to make choices of their own free will.
Romanoff’s surrogate sister and fellow Red Room agent Yelena Belova Florence Pugh, above somehow escaped, and she’s getting their makeshift family back together, including David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov AKA Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.
Together, they’ll try to take down Taskmaster, who is quite the formidable opponent due to the fact that he can mimic the fighting styles of the rest of The Avengers, such as Black Panther, Captain America and Spider-Man, not to mention Black Widow herself. Oh, and his identity is unknown too, so that’s fun.
Will any of them besides Natasha make it out alive? Let’s not forget that she said The Avengers were the only family she has left throughout the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Plus, she recently offered up this perspective in an interview with Total Film via sister site Games Radar:
“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of. The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”
Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Black Widow now hits theaters on November 6, 2020 after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The entire Marvel Studios release schedule has been shifted due to the new release date, and you can get the full new release calendar right here.
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The Good Place actress and Misery Index host Jameela Jamil has cancelled the appearance of conservative pundit Candace Owens from her podcast, accusing her of making Jamil’s employees feel “unsafe” after her comments on transgender people.
Owens tweeted out her disappointment to her 1.9 million Twitter followers.
“Sad to announce that Jameela Jamil has revoked my invitation on her podcast because I tweeted ”only women can given birth. Apparently the statement made her trans co-workers feel ”unsafe.” My refusal to untether myself from biological realities has cost me, yet again. Sad.”
The disinvitation stemmed from an Owens retweet of an article with the headline, “Transgender man gives birth to non-binary partner’s baby with female sperm donor.”
Owens commented: “Woman gives birth to partner's baby with male sperm donor. There. I fixed it for you.”
Jamil sent a note to Owens’s representative to rescind her invitation. “Sorry. We have trans people working with us. I can’t have Candace on the podcast anymore. You are both free to say whatever you like about this publicly. I’m sure you will have an entertaining spin. But nothing is worth my friends and coworkers feeling unsafe. J.’
SAD TO ANNOUNCE that @jameelajamil has revoked my invitation to her podcast bc I tweeted “only women can give birth”. Apparently the statement made her trans co-workers feel “unsafe”.
My refusal to untether myself from biological realities has cost me, yet again.