Last summer, Scarlett Johansson kicked up controversy by signing onto portray a transgender man, crime kingpin Dante “Tex” Gill, in Rub And Tug. She quickly dropped out of the movie but also issued a strange statement to As If magazine about how “as an actor I should be able to play any person, or any tree, or any animal” as part of her profession. However, much of the associated criticism pointed out how Johannson, as a cisgender woman, had scooped up a role that many feel should have been played by a trans person.
In a new cover interview with Vanity Fair, the Marriage Story star seems to have reflected upon the matter more. She now admits that her reaction to the backlash was “misjudged” and “tone deaf,” and she claims to have learned from the experience:
“In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. 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 … 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.”
This isn’t the first time that the Avengers actress felt backlash for a casting decision, given that she previously reaped outrage for playing a character written as Japanese in Ghost In The Shell, but Johansson appears to have at least taken the Rub and Tug matter seriously. However, she’s still standing by her support of director Woody Allen following allegations of sexual abuse made by his daughter, Dylan Farrow. When quizzed about how people might find her “tone deaf” for this perspective as well, Johansson answered, “Yes, they will. It feels like a snake eating its tail, doesn’t it?”
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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In what is being described as the most disappointing year for the box office in history, one unlikely winner has been the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action feature. It's not just that the movie arrived in theaters with low expectations, it's that it was actively disowned by its fandom when the trailer for the film dropped, revealing a design for Sonic the Hedgehog that was horrifying instead of cute. Sonic's voice actor, Ben Schwartz, recently commented on the redesign controversy.
'The way that I saw it first I think was on the trailer. I had to do ADR for the actual trailer because up until then it was all very temp. But I believe the trailer had to be done very quickly or something like that. So the first time I saw it was then. And then when it came out and the reaction it got when it came out. First of all we didn't know if anyone would care. We care because we like video games and movies it seems.'
'But the biggest thing we learned from that was that when it came out so many people were so vocal and it became a huge thing. It got passed around so much. It may have not been the most positive reason why it was getting passed around, but it got passed around so much and so people had such heartfelt passionate ideas for it. That the biggest thing we learned was 'Oh, people care a lot. Let's look at this and figure it out.''
The trailer for Sonic revealed a computer-generated hedgehog that was made to look as realistic as possible, with a lean body and humanized features. Unfortunately, the result was a Sonic that looked nothing like the video game characters fans have grown up with. So intense was the backlash that the movie's creators issued a statement promising that the film was going to be reshot with an altered Sonic design. And that was a good thing, according to Ben Schwartz.
'The big thing they were trying to do was how do you bring Sonic into the real world? Because he's a computer character, you can't just bring him in. How will he look in a real life situation? So I think that's what they were tackling. But I will say the new version... when I was doing my voice the whole time I was doing it the way the new version looks. In my head, that's the way it looked. So when I saw the first one I was like ok, but when I saw the second one I was like 'This is in my head what the little guy looks like.''
Caving in to fan outrage proved to be a smart move, and the movie went on to become a hit at the box office, guaranteeing sequels and spin-offs for the franchise for years to come. Now let's hope the people behind Mario take the cue and bring the plump plumber, the most iconic gaming mascot ever, on to the big screen soon as well. This comes from Cinemablend.