So Scarlett Johansson is too sexy. Yes that’s possible and no it didn’t come from us, she admitted it herself – albeit in a very, very roundabout way - in an interview with the Mirror last week.
When asked whether she thinks she misses out on certain roles because of the way she smoulders, her reply? "That has happened to me before, yeah. That’s always an unfortunate thing to figure out. 'Why can’t you see?!' For me, I would imagine casting someone, you would want to challenge yourself in some way. It is so interesting to see actors transform. There are certainly plenty of times when I am definitely not sexy."
Obviously we’re not going to dispute this one. She is sexy. We’d go gay for her, seriously. And of course, there is a chance certain meatier roles may have eluded her because the audience would rather see her clad in a leather catsuit/low-cut top/see-through knickers instead, ooh, let’s say, dressed as a zookeeper. And yet the latter has happened: she was recently cast in We Bought a Zoo. That film has gone straight to DVD. Coincidence MUCH?
The problem is that as sexy as she is, the implication that she’s too sexy just can’t come from her. It invites criticism. It also invites insults. ‘I’ll be the judge’, was mine, initially, before settling upon: ‘well yes you probably are’. Still, no doubt she’s kicking herself for saying it - her comments came just two months after journalist Samantha Brick caused a media storm over claims she was too good looking to be taken seriously at work.
I’d like to say I’d sympathise with Scarlett. That career-wise, I’ve come a cropper because of how I look. Or how I’m perceived. That my boobs are too big, my hair’s too red or at 5’7” I’m too tall. Or too tall, perhaps? But it’s simply not true.
Yes Scarlett you are sexy. You're too fit, too, and your breasts are just too wonderful. But you’re also, as you’ve said with pertinent frequency, a ‘serious’ actress so surely, surely you should be able to de-sexify yourself for a role if need be. So which one are you? Make your mind up.