Scarlett Johansson Refused Film Funded by Mohammed bin Salman

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(MEMO) — Scarlett Johansson reportedly turned down funding from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for her subsequent movie through which the Hollywood star was set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott.

Johansson had initially agreed to play the half however as soon as she discovered that Bin Salman, identified popularly as MBS, was amongst the funders, the A-lister rejected his involvement.

Johansson’s rejection of MBS got here to mild in an interview yesterday between Addario and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Instances. Addario instructed Kristof that Johansson needed nothing to do with MBS as soon as she discovered about his involvement.

“Scarlett Johansson stated completely not,” Addario stated within the interview with Kristof. “She stated: ‘This man is perpetuating the warfare in Yemen. He has ladies in jail.’”

She additionally added: “This was earlier than the killing of Khashoggi, when he turned one of many primary individuals who needed to fund the film.”

Explaining why MBS could have needed to become involved Addario stated: “I didn’t meet with him personally. However my sense is that he most likely – my film received folded into this big allure marketing campaign. And that incontrovertible fact that he needed to indicate the west that he was into Hollywood, he was into all the nice issues of the west … Do I need him related to this film? Clearly not. And thank God he’s not.”

Johansson’s stance in opposition to MBS could put plenty of different Hollywood A-listers to disgrace. The Crown Prince holds sturdy ambitions to change into a serious participant in Hollywood as a part of his allure offensive. In April, he headed to Hollywood to fulfill with studio heads and stars together with Dwayne Johnson and Oprah Winfrey for a non-public intimate dinner on the Murdock state.

A revealing Instagram submit by Johnson, also called, The Rock, appeared to recommend that the Crown Prince had been served alcohol in the course of the course of the night. The actor joked that he would “you’ll want to convey my best tequila to share together with his [sic] Royal Highness and household” on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Whereas Johansson’s stance in opposition to MBS is prone to earn her a lot reward, she has beforehand come beneath criticism for siding with human rights abusers within the Center East. Four years ago she introduced that she was quitting her position as an envoy for Oxfam, a world organisation that fights in opposition to poverty, after insisting on selling an Israeli firm that operates within the unlawful West Financial institution settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.