Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Guardian--Scarlett Johansson has reportedly vetoed funding from Saudi crown prince bin Salman for her next film

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/oct/24/scarlett-johansson-saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-salman-lynsey-addario-funding-turned-down


Scarlett Johansson reportedly vetoed funding from the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for her next film.
The actor is set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott, but when she found out the initial set of funders included Bin Salman, she rejected his involvement.
“Scarlett Johansson said absolutely not,” Addario said in an interview with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. “She said: ‘This guy is perpetuating the war in Yemen. He has women in prison.’”
She also added: “This was before the killing of Khashoggi, when he became one of the main people who wanted to fund the movie.”
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Why this would be a headline now when it could theoretically have been a headline from someone else in Hollywood earlier ... is more the question I have at the moment.  Saudi investment in the arts, fine or otherwise, has been a known thing for years, hasn't it?  

Johansson's involvement in last year's wildly ill-advised American remake of Ghost in the Shell is something I've been meaning to write about for, well, more than  year but life happens and the news peg is surely gone but her being cast as the Major was actually probably the least ill-advised aspect of the American remake.

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