Scarlett Johansson, who quit her role in Rub & Tug past year after anger at her being cast as a transgender man, says she "should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal".
Says ScaJo, "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".
The Avengers star sparked outrage in June 2018 by agreeing to take on the role of real-life trans man Dante "Tex" Gill in Rub & Tug. Initially, she dismissed critics and responded by pointing them in the direction of fellow actors - Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman - who had all previously portrayed trans characters.
Now, speaking to As If (via Vulture), Johansson has acknowledged the "social reasons" for "political correctness" in art.
"I think society would be more connected if we just allowed others to have their own feelings and not expect everyone to feel the way we do", Johansson added.
The final cut is "usually different from the movie I thought I was making".
"That's a tricky question - I think first of all that what we are up to is a craft and I think in your craft you should be able to - within a reasonable parameter! - play anyone". "Sometimes it's devastating, and sometimes it's a pleasant surprise".
Johansson pulled out of the transgender role last July after she was heavily criticised by the LGBT community, who said it should have gone to a transgender actor instead.
"I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person", she said at the time.
"I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive", she added.