Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Trans casting triggers backlash

Scarlett Johansson's plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles.

Johansson was announced to star in "Rub & Tug," a film about prostitution ring leader Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man. Transgender actors and advocates criticized the production for not casting a trans actor in the role.

Johansson further inflamed critics with a statement to the website Bustle, via her representative, that said criticism "can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment." Tambor, Leto and Huffman all received acclaim for playing trans characters.

'Jar Jar Binks' actor was suicidal over ridicule - The man who played Jar Jar Binks in the "Star Wars" franchise revealed this week that the hate directed at his character prompted a personal downward spiral that led him to almost take his own life. …

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