‘Albert Nobbs’ Star Glenn Close Weighs In On Scarlett Johansson Transgender Casting Controversy

Deadline | 8/17/2018 | Greg Evans
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Glenn Close, who starred in the 2011 film Albert Nobbs as a woman living life as the male title character, weighed in on the recent controversy over Scarlett Johansson’s casting in a transgender role.

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“My thinking right now is that people who are producing and directing properties like that need to go out of their way to get trans actors jobs,” Close said in a podcast with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, “but they also should have the opportunity to cast the best person.”

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Close added that “acting is a craft” and that she believes “anyone should be able to play anyone. But I do understand the frustration.”

Last month, Johansson withdrew from the film Rub & Tug, in which she’d been cast as a transgender man. Her casting had been criticized by many in the transgender community, and GLAAD later called her withdrawal from the...
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