Scarlett Johansson slammed for transgender role

LOS ANGELES • It is a "crime", critics say, upset over news that Scarlett Johansson has been cast as a transgender crime boss in the biopic Rub & Tug.

The movie is based on the real life story of Dante "Tex" Gill, who ran illegal massage parlours in the 1970s.

The transgender community is aghast that the role has not been given to a transgender actor, with some accusing Johansson of not being supportive of their cause.

But the actress is not apologetic, reported the Page Six lifestyle portal. "Tell them that they (the dissenting e-mails) can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

Leto won an Oscar in 2014 for his portrayal of a transgender woman with Aids in Dallas Buyers Club.

Huffman got an Oscar nod for her role as a transgender woman in 2005 film Transamerica.

Tambor, an Emmy winner, played a transgender matriarch in Amazon comedy-drama Transparent.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'Scarlett Johansson slammed for transgender role'. Print Edition | Subscribe