Scarlett Johansson Pulls Out Of "Rub & Tug" Film Production

Since Scarlett Johansson was tapped to play Dante “Tex” Gill in the upcoming film entitled “Rub & Tug,” the actress and the production heads have received a lot criticism. The casting was deemed to be problematic as Johansson was set to play a trans male character. The female actress told OUT Magazine, “I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.” Her statement comes as a relief for many since Johansson had previously defended her position. She tried to justify her decision with the fact that other cis-gendered actors had played trans characters in the past, labeling history is inherently ethical. 

Scarlett Johansson’s own history is one the main reasons why she received more pressure than some her counterparts. The actress had accepted another problematic role last year when deciding to play an Asian character in “Ghost In The Shell.” Hopefully, her habit stiffing minorities out major film roles has ended for good.

Here is Scarlett’s full statement in the most recent matter:

“In light recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding 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. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.” 

Casey Affleck Withdraws As Best Actress Presenter At 2018 Oscars

Casey Affleck was bestowed with a major honor at the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony, winning Best Actor for his work in the film Manchester By The Sea. Despite being one the major winners from last year’s telecast, Affleck will not be on hand as a presenter this time around, no doubt to try and avoid scrutiny after he was accused sexual assault.

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Deadline reported that Affleck, brother fellow acting star Ben Affleck, will not be giving out the 2018 Best Actress trophy, as is the tradition with the Oscars ceremony (the previous year’s Best Actor passes the statuette to the current year’s Best Actress). According to sources, “Affleck did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances the actresses in the category and that is why he made the proactive move.”

With the #MeToo movement undoubtedly to be one the major storylines at this year’s ceremony, Affleck was more than likely facing an awkward scenario should he have decided to show. However, his absence is also going to generate at least some type a conversation, following the dozens cases that have outline sexual misbehavior in Hollywood over the past six months. There remains a certain amount public outcry over a settlement and non-disclosure agreements were the result accusations that Affleck exhibited inappropriate behavior toward two women while working on I’m Still Here, a project he directed that starred Joaquin Phoenix.

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