Scarlett Johansson believes art should be "immune to political correctness" and insisted her recent comments about being able to "play any person" were taken out of context.
The 34-year-old actress recently claimed she should be "allowed to play any person" after previously being criticised for landing the lead role in the adaptation of Japanese anime tale A Ghost in the Shell and for accepting the part of a transgender man in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug – a role which she exited after public outrage –- but has now insisted her comments were "taken out of context".
She said in a statement to Variety: "An interview that was recently published has been edited for click bait and is widely taken out of context.
"The question I was answering in my conversation with the contemporary artist, David Salle, was about the confrontation between political correctness and art.
"I personally feel that, in an ideal world, any actor should be able to play anybody and Art, in all forms, should be immune to political correctness. That is the point I was making, albeit didn't come across that way."