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Scarlett Responds To Tonys Backlash!

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She truly is such an intelligant, classy lady!

There's been quite a bit of backlash from Broadway folk after many of the Tony's were awarded this year to actors more known for their film work!

Broadway actor Hunter Foster, even went as far to start a Facebook campaign called 'GIVE THE TONYS BACK TO BROADWAY!!'

One of the recipients being targeted is Miz Scarlett Johansson, who, when asked about whether or not she felt the backlash was fair, responded with:

"You know, I pounded the pavement for years and I know what it's like to struggle as an actor. A lot of it is luck and, certainly, a lot of it is opportunity - and the lack of that. So, I totally understand the frustration there. There's not much else that I can say about it, really…I mean, I am very sympathetic to that. I totally understand it. A lot of my friends who are struggling actors are going through the same thing. But, I can't apologize for it. I have worked my ass off to get to where I am so I understand that struggle. For me, it's more about hiring the right person for the job. You know, who fits that description. If somebody is cast because they are a name but they're not right for the job, well, it's very frustrating. I see that. As an actor, you're trying to get one foot in the door all the time. It's the most competitive and challenging, one of the most competitive, though, for sure…

I thought more about your question and would like to add that the actors we've seen this season that we recognize from film - Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Liev Schreiber and Catherine Zeta-Jones, etc. - have not only made a huge impact on ticket sales but have given tour de force performances and all started their careers as stage actors, dedicating themselves to making an impression in the theater. This goes to show that actors are actors, whatever the outlet, and with perseverance and drive, can cross the boundaries of the medium. In VIEW, I had the privilege of working opposite Morgan Spector, a relatively unknown actor who gave a luminous, educated performance as 'Rodolpho'. Greg Mosher could've had his pick of recognizable film actors who would've jumped at the opportunity to fill the part, but he saw something worth pursuing in Morgan and our production was the better for it."

Well said, bb!

We agree 100%!

If they did a good job, they should be rewarded for it - it doesn't matter what medium the actor is performing in!

What do U think?? Is it fair for the Hollywood actors to do so well at the Tony's??

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39 comments to “Scarlett Responds To Tonys Backlash!”

  1. 1

    Too bad she can't act worth a crap and doesn't deserve any award.

  2. 2

    First of all, let me say that Scarlett is an awful film actress. She is pretty, but that's about it. She is lackluster and uninspiring. Now I've never seen her perform on stage, but if she is anything like she is on film, than I'm sure the Broadway people got this one right.

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  4. 4

    You spelled the word intelligent incorrectly.


  5. 5

    OH PLEASE. Most "struggling" actors "pound the pavement" well into their twenties. She's been a recognizable face since she was 17. I agree, give the Tony's BACK to who they belong to.

  6. 6

    She sucks! I hate her. She should leave hollywood and never come back!

  7. 7

    A quick glance on her wikipedia profile reveals her mother is a producer, her grandfather was a screenwriter/director, and she's been landing movie roles since she was ten. So her "I'm-just-like-everyone-else-and-I-totally-understand-the-plight-of-the-struggling-artist" plea strikes me as delusional and/or pandering BS. She was alright in "Lost in Translation" but dreadful in just about everything else. And - just my opinion - her face is kind of fugly. Bottom line, I doubt she would have "broken through" and doubt she would have kept getting A-list offers if she didn't have connections. Finally, I don't think this site should confuse inaccurate, condescending and somewhat insulting self-aggrandizement with intelligence and class.

  8. 8

    from the very first shot, it was all about hollywood this year. every time the camera panned the audience it was to will smith, or beyonce, or scarlett, or michael douglas….hardly any big broadway actors. whoever did the seating for the event even sat bernadette peters BEHIND will smith. the first presenters were daniel radcliffe and katie holmes, who are both more associated in everyone's minds with film than they are with broadway or stage. barbara cook presented catherine zeta jones singing a sondheim song, when barbara cook should have been singing it herself. even mark sanchez presented an award (wtf?). green day performed twice (not their show, them). there are a million more examples and it was blatantly obvious that the tonys did NOT belong to broadway this year. at all.

  9. 9

    there were so many big name broadway stars that could have presented, could have had a close up audience reaction shot, could have contributed SOMETHING to the awards show that simply just weren't included at all. the tonys is a time for all of america to experience broadway culture. the oscars and the grammys are their own shows, and you don't see the casts of broadway shows doing performances during those awards shows. the tonys is truly THEATERS' time to shine, as well as all of the artists who have devoted their entire life to their craft. and this year that message was MIA, it just never happened. it was the oscars part 2.

  10. 10

    I don't blame stage actors for being angry.
    I don't doubt for a second that big-name film actors are being hired and billed in order to draw crowds back into the theater vs. the cinema. The film actors likely did not do poorly, but their celebrity status gives the situation a smack of "they took our jobs". Her example of Morgan Spector being picked (despite having a whole host of film actors to choose from) does not mean that this doesn't happen, and it doesn't mean that it didn't happen TO HER. She can spout what she wants about "it's more about hiring the right person for the job". It's easy to purport being the right person for the job (instead of questioning whether or not her status had anything to do with it) when she does not have to worry about an audition putting food on her table, being a fabulously wealthy celebrity, and when she already represents the American feminine ideal: skinny, blonde, pretty, and white.

    It's easy to say "tough titty" when you're at the top.

  11. 11

    where was brian stokes mitchell? audra mcdonald? elaine stritch? vanessa williams? chita rivera? donna mckechnie? ben vereen? and so many more? these people should be celebrated, for all that they've contributed to theater and to broadway and to our culture. if you will notice, a lot of them have crossed over many many times to film and tv as well, but their home is the theater and therefore the tonys should honor them (even just to present an award). denzel didn't even know who to thank.

  12. 12

    even sarah jessica parker would have been better than mark sanchez or will smith or katie holmes!!!!!

  13. 13

    The stars who won this year truly deserved it! I agree with everything she says. We have seen some actors however, who were hired simply to goose up ticket sales and wound up throwing diva fits where they did not even show up for their performances simply because they did not feel like it. It certainly made me nervous about laying out big bucks to see a show, fearing that the "talent" would not show.

    I applaud great actors-film or otherwise-that go the distance for their audience!

  14. 14

    hmmmm, now i know why she has such a yooge dome ! its filled with brains !

  15. 15

    I'm a HUGE Broadway fan and let me say I 150% agree with Scarlett! Hunter Foster is just jealous that he and his wife were not allowed to walk on the TONYS red carpet.

  16. 16

    you should look at it from a marketing point of view. the tonys was like a big commercial for broadway. someone who would have never watched the tonys or attended a show, might have tuned in just to watch lea michele and matthew morrison. AND because they watch it from the beginning, they learn a little more about broadway.
    Showing the big name film stars on tv…ALONG with big name broadway stars, keeps them hooked to the show. and now, broadway has a lot more fans from just one awards show than they did the day before.

  17. 17

    Re: DJ Wonderman – I so agree with you and very well-said. She is obviously where she is today b/c of connections. She is a prime example of what's wrong with Hollywood. And yes, even post plastic surgery (and she has several procdures), Scarlett still has a sneaky homeliness to her face. And I still can't forget how she sold her snot on eBay b/c, of course, she is so special that her snot deserves to be sold on eBay. No joke. This chick sold her snot on eBay.

  18. 18

    To paraphrase it for Scarlett……"FCUK OFF BITCHES, IT'S ALL MINE!"

  19. 19

    hollywood actors do not deserve to win a tony award…they only win it because they're a recognizable name. they're only cast to help ticket sales. give the tonys back to broadway - the true, hardworking actors who can't rely on nepotism to help them in the biz.

  20. 20

    She's so well spoken, I love her.

  21. 21

    Well first off Smith produced one of the plays that won I believe it was Fela so stay in your lane. and like it or not most people just don't care about theatre. There's a reason they go to film stars, because Broadway is struggling for interest. Scarlett is right about Catherine Zeta Jones, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis. Before they were film stars they did theater so to me THEY did deserve the attention and the awards they got.

  22. 22

    If these famous actors did not take these roles Broadway would be closed down and the theaters turned into homeless shelters & X-Rated Porno Theaters.

  23. 23

    I think you should SHUT your mouth Mario

  24. 24

    she annoys the fuckin hell out of me…as do you mario

  25. 25

    The Tony's sucked this year. It was 3 hours of celebrity salad tossing. Sure maybe some deserved it, and some are great actors, or whatever, but Denzel not knowing who to thank?? Catherine Zeta Jones giving a performance to remind us all why she shouldn't have won?? Viola Davis saying there is no such thing as luck. Come on people. There were people in many categories that should of won, because they truly earned it. And ya know, Matt and Lea are great, but they only performed because they are on Glee. She was basically giving her Funny Girl revival audition, on national television. I understand that everything is a business, and I certainly don't mind celebrities being there, but making it about movie stars and not Broadway stars on the night that celebrates Broadway, is a shame.

  26. 26

    Scarlett, who are we kidding here. All your points are so valid,however you and you alone should give back your Tony. We have all seen you on the big screen and the mere fact that you bring up all this original thespians Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Liev Schreiber and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the same paragraphs as your bothers me.

    You are not in the same league, not to say you will never be but based on all your past performances which I have thought were ok but still were, depth lacking roles, stereo typical roles. which all the other actors you have mentioned above, do the opposite of most often you have a very long way to go.

  27. 27

    The way I look at it is - she obviously delivered a smashing performance or she wouldn't have won a Tony. It's simple. I don't, however, agree with these starlets just being given these incredible oppurtunities when there are so many struggling actors and actresses out in the world who are more deserving and talented than star X or star Y. 'Nuff said.

  28. 28

    Re: Smudge1 – while i do agree with most of what you said, i do just want to remind everyone that unlike a lot of hollywood celebs that were there, lea michele and matt morrison are both broadway peeps. lea has been in 4 broadway shows already and how old is she, like 24? that being said, maybe doing an entire song EACH was a little much, especially since they were cutting off winners delivering speeches for the performances.

  29. 29

    @ "that'sme" : okay valid point, smith produced a broadway show. so if they are going to show him (because hes a producer of one of the nominated shows) they should show the other producers too. and directors. and writers. and costume designers.

  30. 30

    CALLING YOUR BULLSHIT SCARF-LIPS! U Lying sack of shit. You were in movies when you were a CHILD. A 10-yr. old landing her 1st movie role DID NOT "pound the pavement" - What you need to do is go pound sand, STFU & give that undeserved Tony back.

  31. 31

    Maybe she did have an impact on ticket sales, but Catherine Zeta-Jones was horrible in "A Little Night Music". Her Tony win was a huge mistake .. just awful.

  32. 32

    there IS a reason these people made it in the movies-they have that "something" so clearly those people in particular actually deserve it.if it was just for being a movie star then wouldn't have nicole kidman won when she was on broadway?

  33. 33

    course none of this really matters since no one cares about the tonys anyway.

  34. 34

    I don't think it's unfair if the actor truly deserves it, but I have to say that I watched the Tony's, and I did notice that every single big-name Hollywood actor that was in a Broadway show was nominated for something, and every single big-name Hollywood actor WON. It started to seem ridiculous because every time you'd see nominees announced, if there was a big name in there, you knew who they were going to give it to. It seemed a little more than a coincidence to me. I think there were other nominees who were probably more worthy, but they don't have the easily recognizable names. I sort of felt that the Tony's were trying to get attention by having lots of big names getting awards.
    I have to side with the Broadway people on this one. I think they gave the awards to the big names because it gets them more press.

  35. 35

    an actor is an actor. like an artist is an artist. who says singers cant act. and who says actors cant be both on camera and on stage. stage actors are divas anyway and they get jealous when screen actors do their jobs and do it just as well…plus, lets face it. hiring screen actors for the stage is very profitable for this struggling time.

  36. 36

    Plenty of people who have never acted before have won Oscars for their performances because they were GOOD at that performance. Same with Tony's, Grammy's, Emmy's, etc.

  37. 37

    I belong to the "Give the Tonys Back To Broadway" group, but at the same time, I look at people like Denzel and Viola Davis, and their careers started on the stage. Their awards are valid, because they gave great stage performances. I believe that Scarlett got the role because she is who she is, however, I've heard nothing but amazing things about her performance, so regardless of how she got the role, she earned her award. It would've been nice for a theatre actor to win, but then audiences would've been deprived of her outstanding performance. It's kind of a toss up.

  38. 38

    Pounding the pavement…?? pu-lease! She has been acting since she was a child and NEVER had to waitress, telemarket or do any demeaning crappy low paying job in order to follow her dream. What a crock of horse manure. She is delusional and has NO IDEA how hard it is to make your living as an actress. As for busting her a** to do stage work… again, welcome to the land of real acting chica. I think she'd be singing a different tune if she was holding down two to three jobs, exhausted and getting paid a fraction of what she does now in order to act on stage. Give me a break. She has no sense of the realities and hardships that many actors endure.

  39. 39

    The bottom line is their talent and names sell tickets, not some dumb bitch from Kansas that got great reviews for her "Highlights from Hedda Gabbler" crap in highschool.