Johansson: "I should be able to play any person, tree"

Scarlett Johansson attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion

Scarlett Johansson attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion

Scarlett Johansson says political correctness may be a trend in show business, but she should be free to explore a wide range of characters as a performing artist.

The 34-year-old actor has played many different types of roles but was recently slammed for accepting a role to play a transgender man in the upcoming film "Rub and Tug", reported Fox News.

Johansson was initially defensive of the film, telling people upset by the decision to contact Jeffrey Tambor and Jared Leto - both of whom also controversially played trans people on screen - for comment.

While the movie did feature an explanation as to why she had Caucasian features when the character was historically Asian, the casting was enough to reduce sentiment for the movie. In short, she said she believes political correctness - a "trend" - is restricting the roles actors can and cannot do.

Regarding being politically correct, she added about political correctness, "I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do".

"It's very rare that [the final cut] is what I thought I was making", she says.

"That's a tricky question - I think first of all that what we are up to is a craft and I think in your craft you should be able to - within a reasonable parameter! - play anyone".

Johansson pulled out of the transgender role last July after she was heavily criticised by the LGBT community, who said it should have gone to a transgender actor instead. "Sometimes it's devastating, and sometimes it's a pleasant surprise".

She said: "I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement. I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film", she added.

After playing the lead role in Ghost in the Shell - a movie based on a Japanese comic - and nearly agreeing to play a trans person in Rub & Tub, Johansson has received backlash for cultural appropriation and whitewashing movies.

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