In a new interview, Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson said she regretted that “political correctness” had cost her roles and earned her widespread public criticism in the past. Speaking to As If magazine, Johansson said:
Johansson caught a lot of flak for playing cyborg cop Motoko Kusanagi in the 2017 live-action remake of the anime classic Ghost in the Shell. Shortly after that, it was announced that she would star in Run and Tug as real-life trans man Dante “Tex” Gill. The combined backlash from the two roles was enough to make Johansson pull out of Rub and Tug.
When Johansson withdrew from Rub and Tug, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress said, “Our cultural understanding of 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.”