Famous Hollywood actress and Avengers star Scarlett Johansson argued that actors should focus only on acting and ignore politics. This statement will surely not go well with the rest of the Hollywood elite.
While giving an interview for “The Gentlewoman,” Johansson said: “I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society.”
“Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor,” she further clarified.
She also encouraged other actors to focus only on acting and forget about politics.
“Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is,” Johansson continued.
“Whatever my political views are, all that stuff, I feel most successful when people can sit in a theatre or at home and disappear into a story or a performance and see pieces of themselves, or are able to connect with themselves through this experience of watching this performance or story or interaction between actors or whatever it is,” she added.
“And they’re affected by it and they’re thinking about it, and they feel something. You know? They have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever,” Johansson explained.
“That’s my job,” she said. “The other stuff is not my job.”
Interestingly enough, Johansson already faced some harsh criticism in her career. When she accepted the lead role for in “Ghost In The Shell,” she was accused of “whitewashing.” While it is true that it is a Japanese movie, based on a Japanese anime story, and probably a Japanese actress should’ve been casted for it, Scarlett did an awesome job.