Scarlett Johansson admits she was 'tone-deaf' to 'Rub & Tug' casting controversy

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (PTI) Over a year after she exited crime biopic 'Rub & Tug', Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has admitted she 'mishandled' the casting controversy on the Rupert Sanders' film.

The actor's admission that she was 'tone-deaf' to the feelings of the trans community, comes ahead of the Oscars season, where she is expected to get nominated for 'Marriage Story' and 'Jojo Rabbit'.

'In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it,' she told Vanity Fair in an interview.

In July 2018, Johansson was cast to portray real-life figure Dante Tex Gill, a gangster and massage parlour owner. But she had to drop out of the project following an outrage from the LGBT community.

At that time, the actor had responded to the controversy by saying, 'Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.' But the statement only made things worse for the actor and soon after, she exited the project.

Now, Johansson believes she was 'uneducated' about the feelings of the trans community.

'I wasn't totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing -- and how they felt in general about cis actors playing-- transgender people. I wasn't aware of that conversation -- I was uneducated.

'So I learned a lot through that process. I misjudged that... It was a hard time. It was like a whirlwind. I felt terribly about it. To feel like you're kind of tone-deaf to something is not a good feeling,' the actor added. PTI RDS RB RB