Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About Black Widow Casting

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If at first you don’t succeed…you might get another callback.


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I am simply stating indisputable facts here, people.

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So it’s absolutely mind-boggling that she didn’t originally get the role.


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Emily spoke to The Howard Stern Show about how she was contracted for Gulliver’s Travels, even though she didn’t want to do the movie. “It was a bit of a heartbreaker for me because I take such pride in the decisions that I make and they mean so much to me, the films that I do. So that was tough,” she said about dropping out of the role.

And in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, Scarlett opened up about the casting ordeal: “I was a big fan of the first Iron Man. And I wanted to work with [director] Jon [Favreau] and Robert [Downey Jr.] and then I did not get the role and I was pretty bummed about that, happens all the time.”


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The character of Black Widow is introduced in Iron Man 2.

“Then, I fatefully — several weeks later, the actor who was cast in the role originally was not able to do it because of a scheduling conflict. So, Jon called me and we met again and I said, ‘Yes, I’m extremely available still,'” she continued.


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“I was so excited to have a second chance at it — it’s been an incredible decade,” Scarlett said. “I never, at that point, could have imagined how life-changing all of this would be.”


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And since this is the last time we’ll see Black Widow, Scarlett reflected on what her favorite qualities are in Natasha, like the fact that the master assassin isn’t “pretentious.”


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“I think the character has a lot of integrity. She’s not afraid to admit when she’s wrong about something,” she said. “She works very well in a team, but she also has leadership qualities. She doesn’t really have an ego that gets in the way of her decision-making, and she’s pragmatic.”


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God, I love her so much!!! I can’t wait to see Yelena (Florence Pugh) carry on the tradition of being a whip-smart, badass Russian ex-operative.

In the interview, she also offered up some lessons she learned from the casting experience: “If anybody ever asks me about what advice I have to other actors who are trying to make it I say, ‘Every opportunity is an opportunity to work, and you’ll never get a better call than when you thought you lost a job then got it.'”


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