Glenn Close tells Scarlett Johansson casting controversy, and James Gunn fire

Glenn Close shared her thoughts on Scarlett Johansson’s casting controversy, and James Gunn’s firing during an interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the latest podcast episode, “The HFPA in a Call” on Wednesday.


Glenn Close is sharing her thoughts on the backlash Scarlett Johansson face after the news, they are on a transgender role in the film “Rub and Tug.”

After being asked about Johansson’s casting controversy during an interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the latest podcast episode, “The HFPA in Conversation” on Wednesday, the 71-year-old star said that she thought “or trans [actors] should always play trans and vice versa.”

“My thinking now, is that the people who are producing and directing features as that need to go out of their way to trans actors jobs”, Near, who was nominated for an Oscar for her gender-bending role as Albert Nobbs in the 2011 film of the same name, declared. “But they also have the opportunity to cast the best person.”

Johannson, 33, allegedly to stop with the movie that shares the story of a transgender man who Pittsburgh massage parlor as a cover for a brothel in the ’70s, according to Crowds—after critics bashed the actress.

However, “The Wife” star explained that she believes “acting is a craft” and that “everyone should be able to play with someone.”

“But I understand the need for those that are the same as the character they are casting, I understand their frustration,” Close added. “Hopefully, that will happen. But they should also be able to play straight people, or what the opposite is. For me, that’s the real thing, that everyone can play with everyone. But I understand why they are so passionate, because this has not happened.”

Looking back on her own role as Nobbs in the drama-romance film, in the Neighbourhood, who find that they are “very proud” of the film, explained that even if “some people think that” her character is trans or she’s a lesbian” she is actually “none of those things.”

“I always thought of her as a woman in disguise,” Close shared. “I had never thought of her as a boy and I had never thought of her as an attempt to be a guy. I think she changed her voice just to blend in. What they would have been if they had a loving relationship? I don’t know.”

Together with the address of Johansson, in the Area also shared her thoughts on the firing of James Gunn. (Gunn was set to be the third episode of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, but was discharged July 20, after a ten-year-old tweets out, in which he joked about topics like pedophilia and rape.)

“I felt sad. I felt sad, especially for James. I felt sad for the whole situation,” Close, who played as Nova Prime in the first episode of the franchise, admitted.

“I felt sad that we are in a society where in social media people say things that they might not say in person,” she continued. “I think that’s a real danger. If you have something to say on social media that you can’t say to someone face to face, you should think about what you say on social media.

“When I worked with him it was the first time that I was in a movie like that and he was a very good director and he had a great atmosphere on the set,” Close recalled.

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