MediaJuly 14, 2019

Revealed: Scarlett Johansson’s secret history of deep-method movie roles


The blessed ScarJo has kept very quiet some of her most impressive performances.

Movie star Scarlett Johansson has faced criticisms around taking the part (she ended up standing down) of a trans person in Rub and Tug and the lead in Ghost in the Shell, which was a Japanese character in its original manga form.

She’s hit back at those snipers, telling As If magazine: “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.”Which got us wondering: what if she plays animals so well that we didn’t notice?

Air Bud was one of her first roles. Had to cut her hair for it.

She gained 4,500 pounds to play Willy.

“I was sick and tired of animals being 2D depictions. I wanted to play a smart animal, one with motivations outside of a relationship.”

Johansson learned to fly in three weeks for the part of Paulie. She still flies as a hobby to this day.

Rumour has it that when Johansson showed up at Disney to voice Kaa in The Jungle Book, she was shocked to find a simple recording studio.”Am I just doing the voice?” she hissed, peeling dead skin from her arm. “You said this would be live action.”

And just how wonderful was she in the romantic thriller Twilight? Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were nothing without her performance as a supporting tree.

Mad Chapman, Editor
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