Scarlett Johansson: ‘Ghost In The Shell Character Has No Identity’
Actress Scarlett Johansson is convinced her Ghost in the Shell role is not associated with any one race, because her cyborg character is “essentially identity-less”.
The Caucasian beauty has been at the center of controversy ever since she was cast as The Major in the film, with many critics accusing director Rupert Sanders of white-washing the live-action version of the classic Japanese manga series, instead of hiring an Asian actor.
Scarlett herself previously admitted she wasn’t sure she was “the right person” for the part, but she embraced the role and now insists she would never have signed on for the project if she thought The Major should be of Asian descent.
Scarlett Johansson attends the Paris Premiere of the Paramount Pictures release “Ghost In The Shell” at Le Grand Rex on March 21, 2017 in Paris, France – Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe.
“I think this character is living a very unique experience, and she is a human brain in an entirely machine body,” Scarlett explained on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “She’s essentially identity-less.”
“I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously,” she continued. “Hopefully any question that comes up of my casting will hopefully be answered by audiences when they see the film.”
In the film, The Major leads a fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization, called Public Security Section 9. The role was both physically and mentally draining for Scarlett, and she was grateful to “find” herself again once filming wrapped.
“I definitely came out of there a little traumatized at the end of this film, just because it was so much work and it was kind of a dark headspace to live in,” she said. “(After the shoot), I was kinda like, ‘OK, I did that. I’m hanging in, I’m resilient. I’m back to myself’. I was happy to find myself at the end of Ghost in the Shell.”
The Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell isn’t the first film to be based on the popular graphic novels. It was also turned into an anime movie in 1995, when actress Atsuko Tanaka voiced The Major.
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