Scarlett Johansson Talks ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Movie and Whitewashing Controversy, Marie Claire.
Scarlett Johansson may be Hollywood’s highest-grossing actress, but even she agrees that her latest role in the new Ghost in the Shell movie is a casting controversy. That’s not to say that Scarlett Johansson isn’t talented. However, the new Ghost in the Shell storyline seems to neglect a few character traits. Most notably is the fact that Johansson’s character is Asian. While the Captain America actress isn’t saying much, she finally shares her side of the story in a cover story for Marie Claire Magazine.
Lensed by Tesh, Johansson serves up classic Hollywood glamour on the dreamy cover. Styled in a SS/17 Gucci dress, the actress shows a little skin compliments of her deep, plunging neckline. Inside the issue, Scarlett Johansson is as hot as ever posing confidently in a collection of embellished Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci pieces.
The Ghost in the Shell movie actress also offers an intimate interview and talks about the controversy surrounding the film. Set against mid-21st century Japan, Ghost in the Shell is originally a manga Japanese comic first launched in 1989. Its plot revolves around a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization, Public Security Section 9. How does Scarlett Johansson fit into the storyline? She’ll be taking on the leading role of Major Motoko, a character usually depicted as an Asian woman. Fans of the longstanding manga comic as well as viewers aren’t to pleased with the apparent whitewashing. As if there are no Asian actresses in Hollywood, right?
Adding to the racial tension of Johansson’s role is speculation that the actress is actually made to look like the Asian Motoko. From hair and makeup effects including traditional Asian hairstyles and kabuki-style makeup, the direction is questionable. However, Johansson assures us that this is not the case.
“I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person,” she shares. “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive. Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”
Johansson doesn’t stop there. She also shares here comments on politics and the wage gap. It’s always an uphill battle and fight,” she states. “My experience with my close female friends and family is that the struggle is real for everybody. Everyone has been discriminated against or harassed—sexism is real.” Her views on politics are just as brazen. [I believe] that it is really important to hear people in various positions of power voice their opinions, their story. Why not-why can’t I have the voice? Why can’t I use my platform? What’s the point of having it if you don’t use it? If you don’t want to get involved, please, the noise is loud enough. But if you’ve got something to say, say it.”
Well there’s definitely a lot to say, but it looks like Scarlett Johansson will let the film do the talking. In case you missed the debut of the Ghost in the Shell movie Trailer during the Super Bowl, you can watch it below. Doesn’t she make a good manga-Japanese Major Motoko?