Scarlett Johansson Insists Actors ‘Should Be Allowed To Play Any Person’ After Quitting Heavily-Criticised Transgender Role

Scarlett Johansson has insisted actors should not be restricted from taking on certain roles.

The actress pulled out of the film Rub & Tug last year after it emerged she was set to play a transgender character. Scarlett Johansson The Avengers: Endgame star was heavily criticised for taking on the role, which many detractors argued should have gone to a transgender performer in a bid to increase diversity in Hollywood.

But the 34-year-old star has now waded back into the debate, insisting “art should be free of restrictions”.

In an interview with As If magazine , she said: “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.

“I feel like it’s a trend in my business and it needs to happen for various social reasons, yet there are times it does get uncomfortable when it affects the art because I feel art should be free of restrictions.

“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.”

Scarlett immediately faced criticised for her comments on social media… Scarlett Johansson is a cisgender white woman with a powerful platform and no storage of work opportunities. Trans people should play trans people. Period. It is incredibly disappointing that she has learned nothing and clearly does not care about the experiences of trans people. https://t.co/yWMeCZbUMS — Charlotte Clymer