Scarlett Johansson has readdressed the issue of political correctness in casting in a new interview. The Avengers: Endgame actress received widespread criticism for initially accepting a role in Rub & Tug as a large trans man from the ‘70s last year. Although she eventually relinquished the part, she has not since abandoned her beliefs about representing historically marginalized characters.
In a recent interview with As If, Johansson maintained, “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.”
While Twitter had a lot of fun with Johansson's problematic casting in Rub & Tug, it wasn't the first time she was the subject of criticism around identity and casting. 2017's Ghost in the Shell remake was hit with accusations of whitewashing when Johansson was cast as the film’s cyborg protagonist, who was named Motoko Kusanagi in the original Japanese anime and manga series.